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Moon Was Blue (2005)

Artist: Bobby Bare
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Format: CD
Sku: 64011162
UPC: 803020120921
UPC 14: 00803020120921
Release Date: 11/1/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Are You Sincere ~ Bobby Bare
2. I Am An Island ~ Bobby Bare
3. Everybody's Talkin' ~ Bobby Bare
4. Yesterday When I Was Young ~ Bobby Bare
5. Love Letters In The Sand ~ Bobby Bare
6. Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, The ~ Bobby Bare
7. My Heart Cries For You ~ Bobby Bare
8. It's All In The Game ~ Bobby Bare
9. Shine On Harvest Moon ~ Bobby Bare
10. Am I That Easy To Forget ~ Bobby Bare
11. Fellow Travelers ~ Bobby Bare
The Moon Was Blue should prove a thirst quencher for those who've long loved Bare's worldly baritone and mastery of a song. At the same time, it will be an invitation to the Bare Jr. generation to discover an artist whom veteran music writer Chet Flippo recently called one of the most overlooked and underrated in country music history. Bare was a singer capable of sophisticated hits like "Detroit City" or "How I Got To Memphis" and the subversive humor of "Drop Kick Me Jesus." He befriended and championed the finest songwriters to ever shake up Nashville, including Kris Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall. He was among the first Nashville country artists to embrace Bob Dylan. And he pioneered ideas like the concept album, dodging the Nashville rules to bring a whole record of Shel Silverstein songs to life in the classics Lullabys, Legends & Lies. Often tagged an "outlaw" in the Waylon and Willie camp, Bare's discography actually transcends categories with a boldly eclectic embrace of American music.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bobby Bare (vocals); Dennis Wilson , The Jeannie Bare Kids Choir (vocals); G Daddy, John Henry Jackson, John Jackson, G-Daddy, Chris Masterson (guitar); Pete Finney (steel guitar); David Steele (mandolin); Erin Hugely (cello); Doug Moffet (reeds, brass); Dennis Crouch, Mike Doster (bass instrument); Ben Martin (drums); Gary Kubal (percussion); Bobby Bare, Jr. (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Cindy Walker, Gordon Mote, Carey Kotsionis, Carol Anderson (vocals); Mark Nevers (guitar, piano, keyboards); Paul Burch (guitar, vibraphone, drums); Kenny Vaughn, William Tyler (guitar); Andrew Bird (violin); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Barry Green , Steve Patrick (brass); Tony Crow (piano, keyboards); Brian Kotzur (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Nevers.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Beach House Recording Megaplex.
Muze PNote Editors: Matt Rovey; John Kelton.
Muze PNote Photographer: Alan Messer.
Muze PNote Arranger: Lloyd Barry.
Muze PNote Veteran country singer Bobby Bare's return to solo recording after a 20-year hiatus is overseen by his son, Bobby Bare, Jr., who augments strictly traditional arrangements with off-kilter sonic flourishes and appearances from neo-country interpreters like violinist Andrew Bird and singer-songwriter Paul Burch. Bare's world-weary voice eases comfortably into a set of tried-and-true covers that spans classics like Shel Silverstein's "Ballad of Lucy Jordan," "Love Letters in the Sand," and "Am I That Easy to Forget," while Bobby Jr.'s frequently inspired production both highlights the music's familiarity and accentuates its weirdness.

Producer: Bobby Bare, Jr.; Mark Nevers; Mark Nevers; Bobby Bare, Jr.

Engineer: Mark Nevers

Artist Overview

Adept at a wide cross-section of country music styles--including countrypolitan, outlaw, and oft-kilter singer-songwriterism--Bobby Bare was one of country music's most versatile and talented artists, though never its most commercially successful. A strong songwriter in his own right, Bare fits in nicely with other Nashville misfits like Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, and Billy Joe Shaver. And like those artists, Bare also managed the occasional charting hit. Bare released the lovely, understated THE MOON IS BLUE, produced by his son Bobby Bare, Jr., in 2005.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Singer/Songwriter
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 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 Halloween Nuggets:monster Sixties A G

Associated Artists and Works

Parsons, Bill

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/04/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 80302012092
Music Label Name Label : Dualtone Music
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 : 00803020120921

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (No. 847, p.87)
- "...This is the comeback event of 2005...." - Grade: A-


Bobby Bare

Bobby Bare was born in Ohio and spent his teens in California, and he played music from the time he made his first guitar out of a coffee can and screen door wire. Back in Ohio in 1958, he helped his friend Bill Parsons make a demo, and with twenty minutes of spare time at the end of the session, Bare asked to cut one of his own songs, a sort of talking blues called "The All American Boy." The record, under Parsons' name, became a smash. But Bare was fine with that. Once out of the Army, he returned to California where he wrote and sang his way on to American Bandstand and tours with Roy Orbison and Bobby Darin.

Friendship with Harlan Howard brought him to Nashville and Chet Atkins signed him to RCA, where he launched a career quite unlike any other. He scored hits with unusually intelligent songs. He became perhaps the first major label artist in Nashville permitted to produce his own albums. And he made early concept albums, including an all-Silverstein opus called Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends & Lies, an outlaw classic. When Nashville went disco and pop in the late 70s/early 80s and labels began pressuring Bare to simply repeat himself, he turned away from the mic and toward his fishing poles.

When GRAMMY-winning country star Bobby Bare retired from recording in the 1980s, the reasons were as complex as the business he had been married to for 25 years. His welcome, if surprising, return in 2005 was motivated by something much simpler.

"Bobby Jr. was really pumped over doing this," says Bare in his matter-of-fact drawl. "He was the driving force behind it." Yes, he's talking about his son--the son whose five-year-old voice helped make the Shel Silverstein confection "Daddy What If" a left-field hit in 1973--and the artist widely known to the indie rock world as Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals Starvation League., a musical iconoclast who has more in common with his father than their surface sounds would suggest. Bobby Jr., working with his trusted friend, producer/engineer Mark Nevers (Lambchop), was able to do what no Nashville record label has been able to do in two decades--coax a great voice and a legendary song hound back onto disc.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bare,Bobby
Product attributeLabel:   Dualtone
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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