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Bobby Bare
Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
The Richard K. Stem Concert Hall
Ticket Price: $26.50

Bobby Bare is one of the most entertaining country artists ever to grace the Grand Ole Opry stage.  He racked up more than 70 hits on the country charts between 1962 and 1986 and won the Grammy for "Best Country Recording" with his hit Detroit City. He went on to be nominated several times for "Best Country Single" and "Best Male Country Vocal Performance."  An outspoken advocate for new directions in Country Music, Bobby Bare successfully experimented with the folk genre and reinvigorated the storytelling tradition in Country Music.  Bare is also funny, smart, very, very laid back and an individualist who has imprinted his brand of Country music permanently on the world. Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham proclaimed Bobby Bare, "The Springsteen of Country Music."

The list of country legends Bobby has collaborated with includes Skeeter Davis, Chet Atkins, Jim Reeves, Liz Anderson, Norma Jean, Roseanne Cash and many more.  Bare was the first Country artist to be entrusted with complete artistic control over his recordings. The results were fully justified when he and Shel Silverstein recorded “Bobby Bare Sings Lullaby’s, Legends and Lies,” often described as Country Music’s first concept album. Shel had written all the songs, including the smash hits Daddy What If, a duet featuring Bare and his 5-year old son, Bobby Bare, Jr.

Among the first to recognize the talents (and record the songs) of Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Tom T. Hall, Billy Joe Shaver, Mickey Newberry, Bob McDill and Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare has long been known as a friend of the songwriter/artist. When the Nashville Network debuted in 1983, it was fitting that one of its first programs was Bobby Bare and Friends, a highly regarded one-hour weekly show spotlighting the importance of the songwriter. Reflecting Bare’s renowned laid-back personality, the show featured him shooting the breeze with his writer friends, followed by a little informal pickin’ and singin’. Over the years, Bare has built up a huge core of loyal fans in the U.S. and abroad who turn out for his every appearance, creating a party atmosphere by shouting out their requests and singing and clapping along with every song. He continues to write and record as well.

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