We are big fans of what refer to as ‘when it was country’ country music. One of the people who brought that music to us, and continues to do so, is Bobby Bare. His new album is titled “Darker Than Light”. His music is country. From the music to the vocals, to the lyrics, to to the stories, everything about this album says “this is country music”.
Today we received a press release letting us know that Bobby has joined the roster of Webster Public Relations, and as Bobby Bare fans, we just had to share that with all of our readers. Below is the press release, which includes a little background on this Country Music Hall of Famer.
[Press Release] Webster Public Relations is excited to announce the signing of Country Music Hall of Fame Member Bobby Bare to its’ roster for publicity representation. “Bobby Bare is an icon of country music. He has had an incredible amount of hits and blazed trails throughout his career,” said the company’s Kirt Webster in a statement, “our team is incredibly excited to work with him to continue showing the world what real music is all about.”
Bare was born in Ironton, Ohio to a farm family and raised mostly by his father after his mother’s death when he was five. Growing up, he developed an eclectic love for music listening to music from Little Jimmy Dickens and Hank Williams to big band acts like Phil Harris and the Dominoes. These all influenced his forthcoming unique style leading to nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983, multiple Grammy nominations and wins and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 among many other awards and accolades.
After a stint in the military and some time spent on the West Coast, Bare landed in Nashville recording for RCA with producer Chet Atkins. Though none of the executives in California listened to the singer’s ideas, Atkins not only listened to them but followed through with them. This resulted in successful hits like “Shame on Me” and “Detroit City,” the first of which was the first country song to feature horns, a daring move for the young artist to make on his breakout hit.
Due to his outsider stance and willingness to record material by Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and the Rolling Stones, Bare has always had credibility with rock audiences. Acknowledging his ability to convey a song’s story, famed promoter Bill Graham christened Bare the “Bruce Springsteen of country” in 1977. One of the few country veterans to regularly receive airplay on FM rock radio, he garnered a surprisingly strong following among college audiences of the era.