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A Blast From the Past!
on December 15, 2012
After that god-awful "Moon Was Blue" album some years back, I thought Bobby Bare was completely washed up. That time, Bare let his hipster son run the show and produce, and he re-imagined Bare as some ironic lounge act--and Bare responded by singing like he was on Qualudes. This time, Bare went with a company and a producer who actually believe in vintage country music and the results are a thousand times better. Bare sounds fully engaged--His voice, which was never pretty, is at least forceful. The material is first rate--both old classics like "Shenandoah" and "Tom Dooley" and newer stuff like "I Was Drunk" (sort of the album centerpiece) and the throwback story song "The Devil and Billy Markham."
This album is certainly on a par with, and deserves to get the same sort of recognition as, Johnny Cash's latter-day works with Rick Rubin.