Raven presents, for the first time on CD, one of the greatest live recordings ever! By 1979, BOBBY BARE had been recording for 25 years yet when he strapped on a Fender Telecaster and recorded live in the studio a rough and rowdy album with a bunch of Nashville's finest musicians, he was set to hit new highs in an illustrious career. Down & Dirty was both a glorious last hurrah for the 'outlaw' movement and a touchstone for the 'new country' of current darlings Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson etc. Bare's band rocks and rolls, swings and strolls through 13 tracks from a rejuvenated Bare. The humor is in large supply; the poignancy is everywhere. But it's the tune selection that makes this is such a killer record." For every outrageous Shel Silverstein song (Numbers, Qualudes Again) there is a tender, sensitive or just plain poetic masterpiece. In the words of Bill Graham, "Bobby Bare is the Bruce Springstein of country music". Embellished with eight stunning bonus tracks, circa 1978-1980, this is good time outlaw country at its finest.