In 1962 Bobby Bare stood in RCA s Nashville Studio and recorded his first hit Shame on Me. That song was a hit in both the pop and country fields; it rose to number 18 on Billboard s Country Chart and number 23 on the Hot 100 Chart.
During the ensuing years, Bare won a Grammy (for Detroit City ), had 70 chart records, hosted a TV program and performed in concerts all over the world. Fifty years after his first RCA recording, Bare stood in that same studio now named Historic RCA Studio B and recorded this album.
Darker Than Light was produced by Plowboy Records co-founder Don Cusic and tracked at famed RCA Studio B in Nashville, with a band that includes Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs on guitar, Byron House on bass, Marco Giovino on drums and other members of Robert Plant's Band Of Joy. The album features Bare s inspired interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, U2 Alejandro Escovedo (who also makes a guest appearance), Lead Belly and others, plus new originals.
Darker Than Light also includes a cover of U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,and The Devil & Billy Markham, which puts music to the words of a Shel Silverstein poem originally published in 1979. Also, 27-time GRAMMY winner Vince Gill makes a guest appearance on vocals during the original number I Was A Young Man Once.
Now 77 and sounding better than ever, Bobby Bare has earned over 30 Top 20 hits, a Grammy award and multiple Grammy nominations in a career that spans over 50 years.
Darker Than Light is the first full US album from Grammy-award winning artist Bobby Bare in 7 years. This is also the first release by Plowboy Records which was established in 2012 by country music historian and producer Don Cusic, punk rock pioneer/producer Cheetah Chrome and the late singer Eddy Arnold's grandson R. Shannon Pollard, a former musician and entrepreneur.