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Bare Tracks (1999)

Artist: Bobby Bare
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Format: CD
Sku: 60272594
UPC: 099923801320
UPC 14: 00099923801320
Release Date: 2/16/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Greasy Grit Gravy ~ Bobby Bare
2. Gambler, The ~ Bobby Bare
3. Sleep Tight, Good Night Man ~ Bobby Bare
4. Numbers ~ Bobby Bare
5. Tequila Sheila ~ Bobby Bare
6. Food Blues ~ Bobby Bare
7. Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go) ~ Bobby Bare
8. Let Him Roll ~ Bobby Bare
9. New Cut Road ~ Bobby Bare
10. Dropping Out Of Sight ~ Bobby Bare
11. Appaloosa Rider ~ Bobby Bare
12. Willie Jones - (with Charlie Daniels) ~ Bobby Bare
13. Diet Song - (with Charlie Daniels) ~ Bobby Bare
14. If You Ain't Got Nothin' (You Got Nothin' To Lose) ~ Bobby Bare
15. Rough On The Living ~ Bobby Bare
16. No Memories Hangin' Round - (with Rosanne Cash) ~ Bobby Bare

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Bobby Bare, Gunnar Gelotte, Roy Yeager, Jack Williams, Steve Gibson, Doyle Grisham, Weldon Myrick, Terry McMillan, Dave Loggins, Tracy Nelson, Sheri Kramer, Lisa Silver, Donna Sheridan, Bergen White, Steve Sanders, John Gowin, Shelly Kurland, Clyde Brooks, Ken Smith, Tommy Hamilton, Dave Hargis, Lewis Stephens, Gary Kubal, Bobby Wood, Charles Cochran, Tommy Cogbill, Denis Solee, Fred Carter Jr., John Christopher, Ray Edenton, David Gillon, Jack Solomon, Michael Spriggs, Charlee Vaughn Jr., Joe Osborn, Ted Reynolds, Kenneth Smith, Ben Keith, Bobby Emmonds, Buddy Harman, Thomas Kealin Jr., Larie London, Johnny Gimble, Carol Anderson, Mary Beth Anderson, Charles Williams, Florence Warner, Shel Silverstein, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Rosanne Cash.
Muze PNote Producers: Bobby Bare, Kyle Lehning, Bll Rice, Rodney Crowell, Allen Reynolds.
Muze PNote Reissue producer: Dave Nives.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1978 and 1983.
Muze PNote Photographer: Beverly Parker.
Muze PNote Arranger: Bergen White.
Muze PNote After some steady success on Mercury and RCA in the first half of the '70s, including the Top Ten hit Sings Lullabys, Legends & Lies, Bobby Bare seemed poised for a breakout crossover success, particularly because such colleagues as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had become as popular as rock stars with the ascendancy of outlaw country in the mid-'70s. So, Bare signed with super-manager Bill Graham -- better known for managing rock stars than country singers, possibly best-known as a self-promoter -- rode out his second contract with RCA, and signed with Columbia...where he promptly flamed out on the charts, scoring just four Top 20 country singles over the course of seven LPs in six years, never once cracking the Top Ten. This lack of success may suggest that there was a dip in quality, which is hardly the case, since the Columbia albums were as consistently enjoyable and high-quality as his RCA and Mercury sides, as both Koch's 1999 compilation Bare Tracks and its unofficial companion, Edsel's 2000 The Columbia Years: Bare's Picks, prove. Although they cover the same ground and share seven songs, the two collections are quite different in character and intent, with Koch's sticking closer to the dictates of the charts and favoring his lighter, funnier material. Not that Bare Tracks has nothing but hits -- 11 of the 16 tracks charted, leaving room for a number of great album tracks, such as the surging "Appaloosa Rider," Shel Silverstein's "Rough on the Living," and a version of Don Schlitz's "The Gambler," which not only predates Kenny Rogers' hit version, it's weathered and knowing and much better. (None of these three songs made the Edsel collection.) Then, there are the singles, many of them very funny songs by Silverstein, who may never have had a better interpreter, because Bare brought a gravity to his silliness along with a wry, engaging delivery. "Numbers," where Bare gets subjected to a hilariously humiliating putdown by a woman he's trying to pick up, is perhaps the best example of this, but the rowdy "Tequilia Sheila" (both taken from the wild live album Down & Dirty) is equally good, while the all-star goofy singalong "Greasy Grit Gravy" is as irresistible as "Food Blues" is clever. But it's not just silly songs -- Bare turns in a great version of Guy Clark's raver "New Cut Road," finds the pathos in Boudleaux Bryant's "Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go)," and has a fine duet with Charlie Daniels' "Willie Jones." All of these are prime examples of Bare's knack for choosing the right material to match his gifts, something that didn't abandon him during his time at Columbia, no matter what the chart positions say. If anything, he started to know his gifts too well, choosing songs that fit him so comfortably, and delivering them so naturally, that only the already-converted appreciated them. Even so, the music has aged wonderfully and this, along with The Columbia Years, is well worth adding to any serious collection of '70s and early-'80s country music -- and they're different enough that both are necessary. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Shel Silverstein
Muze Guest Artist Rosanne Cash
Muze Guest Artist Willie Nelson
Muze Guest Artist Charlie Daniels
Muze Guest Artist Johnny Gimble
Muze Guest Artist Dave Loggins
Muze Guest Artist Terry McMillan

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Singer/Songwriter
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Country Legends
Muze Music Compilations Great Country Hymns / Various
Muze Music Compilations Real 60's Country / Various
Muze Music Compilations Top 10 Country / Various
Muze Music Compilations Real Folk / Various
Muze Music Compilations Real 70's Country / Various
Muze Music Compilations All Amrcn Cntry Roadt(3cd
Muze Music Compilations Country Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Mead C-Back At the Quanset Hut
Muze Music Compilations Basement Tapes Influences
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Country
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Muze Music Compilations 70's
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 60's
Muze Music Compilations Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1963:ro
Muze Music Compilations Halloween Nuggets:monster Sixties A G

Associated Artists and Works

Parsons, Bill

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/16/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8013
Music Label Name Label : Koch (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00099923801320

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