Title - 'Travelin' Bare / Constant Sorrow / Streets Of ..'
Artist - Bobby Bare
For those not in the know, Bobby Bare is an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for the songs "Detroit City" and "500 Miles Away from Home" and is also the father of Bobby Bare Jr., also a musician.
Bare had many failed attempts to sell his songs in the 1950s. He finally signed with Capitol Records and recorded a few rock and roll songs without much chart success.
Just before he was drafted into the Army, he wrote a song called "The All American Boy" and did a demo for his friend, Bill Parsons, to learn how to record.
Instead of using the version Bill Parsons did later, the record company, Fraternity Records, decided to use the original demo recorded by Bobby Bare.
The record reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but they made an error: the singles' labels all credited the artist as being "Bill Parsons". The same track, with the same billing error, peaked at No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1959.
Bare's big break in country music came when Chet Atkins signed him to RCA Victor. The first single he released on the label was "Shame On Me" in 1962. His second RCA Victor single, "Detroit City" reached No. 6 Country, No. 16 Hot 100, and in 1964 earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Recording.
Then a surge of hits followed, including "500 Miles Away from Home" and Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds". In 1965 he received two Grammy nominations for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance and Best Country & Western single for the song "Four Strong Winds".
In 1966, he received a Grammy Nomination for Best Country & Western Male Vocal Performance for his song "Talk Me Some Sense". He also recorded two duet albums with Skeeter Davis and recorded six tracks as a trio with Norma Jean and Liz Anderson which produced a major hit with "The Game of Triangles", a wife-husband-other woman drama that hit No. 5 on the Billboard chart earned the trio a Grammy nomination.
In 1968, he recorded an album with a group from England called The Hillsiders and in 1969, he had a Top 5 hit with Tom T. Hall's "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn".
Bare moved to Mercury Records in 1970 and immediately scored a Top 3 hit with "How I Got To Memphis" and had two Top 10 hits from early Kris Kristofferson compositions, "Come Sundown" (1971) and "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" (1971).
He also scored a No. 12 hit in 1972 with a version of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's pop hit "Sylvia's Mother", written by Shel Silverstein.
After two years at Mercury, Bare returned to RCA in 1973 and scored with Billy Joe Shaver's "Ride Me Down Easy" which nearly made the Top 10.
Bare started to release novelty songs recorded live with selected audiences. One such song, "Marie Laveau", reached the No. 1 position on the country chart in 1974; it was his only No. 1 hit. This song was co-written by his friends Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor, who received a BMI Award for the song in 1975.
Silverstein penned other songs for Bare including a Grammy-nominated hit, "Daddy What If", which he recorded with his five-year-old son, Bobby Bare Jr. The song was an immediate success as well not only reaching No. 2 on the country charts but nearly reaching the Top 40 on the Pop charts.
Bare's album, "Lullabys, Legends and Lies" became his most commercially successful album and Bare had a new audience with pop radio once again playing his songs and a new following with college kids.
Bare signed with Columbia Records and continued to have hits like "Sleep Tight Good Night Man" a near Top 10 in 1978 and releasing critically acclaimed albums like "Bare" and "Sleeper Wherever I Fall".
In 1979, he started off Rosanne Cash's career in a big way by singing a duet with her called "No Memories Hangin' Round" which went Top 20 for them. In 1980, he scored a near Top 10 with "Numbers" which came from his album "Down and Dirty" where Bare started to experiment with Southern rock and continued this with his next album "Drunk and Crazy".
In 1981, Bare released an album entitled "As Is" which was produced by Rodney Crowell and returned Bare back to his country roots with songs like "New Cut Road".
Bare was still doing well chart wise into the early 1980s. In 1983, he released a Top 30 duet with Lacy J. Dalton called "It's A Dirty Job". His last trip into the Top 30 came that summer with the novelty song "The Jogger".
In short, Bobby Bare, and what was to become known as The Nashville Sound, go hand in hand. He was one of the most successful exponents of the sound and it opened up the doorway for his success in Nashville.
Releasing this July 6th, 2018 via Morello Records / Cherry Red Records UK, a brand new 2CD set entitled The Travelin' Bare / Constant Sorrow / Streets Of Baltimore is about to hit our shores.
Containing a trio of albums from the country music legend, the three aforementioned albums - The Travelin' Bare (1964), Constant Sorrow (1965) and The Streets of Baltimore (1966) - all perfectly fitted RCA's folk/country marketing tag of the time, and are still a majestic reminder of just how good this man was.
CD 1 - The Travelin' Bare
1. "Down in Mexico"
2. "Sittin' and Thinking"
3. "I've Lived a Lot in My Time"
4. "I'm Gettin' Lonely"
5. "Long Way to Tennessee"
6. "Sweeter Than the Flowers"
7. "I Was Coming Home to You"
8. "Long Black Limousine"
9. "Another Bridge to Burn"
10. "Lonely Town"
11. "Candy Coated Kisses"
12. "When I'm Gone"
CD 1 - Constant Sorrow
13. "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow"
14. "Blowin' in the Wind"
15. "Times Are Gettin' Hard"
16. "Lemon Tree"
17. "So Soon"
18. "One Day at a Time"
19. "Delia's Gone"
20. "Just to Satisfy You"
21. "I'm a Long Way from Home"
22. "The Deepening Snow"
23. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
24. "Countin' the Hours, Countin' the Days"
CD 2 - The Streets of Baltimore
1. "Early Morning Rain"
3. "Saginaw, Michigan"
4. "Take Me Home to Mama"
5. "Memphis, Tennessee"
6. "The Streets of Baltimore"
7. "That's How I Wanted It to Be"
9. "Cold and Lonely City"
10. "Changin' My Mind"
11. "There Ain't No Fun in This Town"
12. "Green, Green Grass of Home"
The recordings covered a diverse music field that moved from Dylan and '60s pop culture to Nashville's new breed of writers like Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran, plus a few of his own originals thrown into the mix.
The albums give an early indication of Bare's ability as a talented judge of songs, a skill that led Waylon Jennings to later cite him as the best song hound in the world.
He achieved 69 chart singles and 28 chart albums in his illustrious career and it should also be noted that all three of these albums appear on CD for the very first time.
As for Bare himself, well, I'm not sure that Bobby was ever an "outlaw" (and after judging by today's definition of that crowd, he may not want to be associated with the term anyway!), but he did things his own way; which is why I think he flourished during the death of the Nashville Sound and the increasing Disco beats of Barbara Mandrell and Kenny & Dolly.
If I've not made this point clear, Bobby Bare is a classic country music artist whose songs have ruled the charts and also crossed over to the other genres. He composed the type of country music from the sixties/seventies that incorporated ballads with a lyrical story.
All these recordings on this 2CD set are superb, and you can really appreciate Bobby's straight-forward, no-nonsense, approach to presenting a song.
Solo or tandem, every track is a winner and reveals Bare and his rich baritone to be an underappreciated but important part of country music history.
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