The Bobby Bares Are Collaborating on Tribute To Shel Silverstein

Brody Vercher | December 2nd, 2008

  1. Matt C.
    December 2, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Hasn’t Bobby Bare already recorded a tribute to Shel Silverstein (Lullabys, Legends and Lies)? Bare Jr. was on that album too.

  2. Zach
    December 2, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Wow. Pretty stacked tour. It’ll be interesting to see the ticket prices on a show like that.

  3. m.c.
    December 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Matt C–
    You’re right about the previous album being mostly Silverstein songs, but it wasn’t really a “tribute album,” just an album of Bare Sr. doing songs by his friend and favorite songwriter. And that was long time ago, and it’s a fairly obscure album by contemporary standards.

    This new one will arrive as a posthumous tribute. It was Bare Jr.’s idea, as he’s always talked about how much Shel’s writing influenced him, and how the family friend offered him advice and song critiques before his death. Bobby Jr. was a tyke on the previous album, and it’s somewhat natural for him to join with his dad for a tribute, since Bobby Sr. recorded more Silverstein songs than anyone.

    I think the Silverstein catalog can hold up to another Bare family effort. We can even hope it’s as good as “Lullabies, Legends and Lies.”

  4. Matt C.
    December 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Lullabys, Legends and Lies actually consisted entirely of Shel Silverstein songs, though I guess I understand the distinction between that and a “tribute” album.

    However, I don’t consider Lullabys, Legends and Lies to be any more obscure to today’s audiences than Bare himself, and thus I suspect that most everyone who will buy the new collection will be familiar with that set. LLL is a fantastic album that represents Bare’s best work, and I doubt that the new album will reach those heights; thus, there’s bound to be some disappointment.

    That’s not an argument against this new collection, which I’ll probably buy (I saw Bare live in 2007 and he’s still a great performer), but it’s my health dose of skepticism.

  5. Rick
    December 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I’m all for a split in mainstream country radio into two separate formats targeted for young listeners and us older folks. The “Young Country” format could absorb artists like Colbie Caillat and other Taylor Swift contemporaries. The older age format could feature more classic and non-current songs and current songs with a more country and less pop-rock orientation. Many current songs would flourish on both formats and actually increase the listening audience for Nashville’s latest product. I really don’t expect this to ever happen in LA though since we only have one FM country station.

    Its nice to see that Jack White is a fan of Ashley Monroe and considers her voice angelic. Maybe he can produce an album for Ashley and title it “Knoxville Rose”!

    Rory & Joey fans will like this quip from AllAboutCountry.com regarding the “sleighbell version” of “Cheater,Cheater”:
    “Joey & Rory’s Cheater Cheater seems to be getting some traction at Radio—could be the new “sleigh-bell version” of the song which very nicely handles the “Ho” problem many PD’s have had with the song.” “Cheater, Cheater” in both of its versions gets 7 Adds at Top 40 radio this week.

    PS – Jamey Johnson’s “That Lonesome Song” was the 5th most added album at “Americana” format radio stations this week! Its rare that artists are active on both Top 40 country and Americana stations simultaneiusly these days.

  6. Kelly
    December 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    My issue with splitting country radio according to ages is that it doesnt really solve the “quality” issue. All that it would mean is that you will have two “formats” that adhere to the same narrow mindedness that is currently employed. Chesney, Urban, Keith, RF and the like are near the same ages, so no change there. I should hope that people have learned enough and have seen enough to not think that a split would then creat a spot for Emily West or Ashley Monroe? It would only create a spot for the youngsters who wanted to be exactly like swift or caillat…

    I really love Jack White and think it’s awesome that he respects so much great country talent like Loretta, Skaggs and Monroe.

  7. m.c.
    December 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Matt — I agree about the 35-year-old Bare album being a good one. I’m just not sure why you’d be skeptical about new recordings of Silverstein songs by the Bares. They’re not re-doing the old album, they’re just offering the world an album of songs by a songwriter they (and many of us) love. I’m excited that they’re doing it. Evem if the new album isn’t in the same league as “Lullabys…”, it still will serve up some interesting new takes on Silverstein’s songs. Maybe it’ll turn a few more people onto him as well.

    Also, I like Bobby Bare Jr.’s work quite a bit. So it’s not just the involvement of his father, and George Jones and Ray Price, that has me excited. I’m just as intrigued to see that members of My Morning Jacket will be on it, too.

  8. Drew
    December 2, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Can somebody tell me why Carrie Underwood’s album keeps on getting nominations and awards? It wasn’t even a particularly strong album… what gives?

  9. Jim Malec
    December 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    When I hear that PDs are afraid of programing a song because of the word “Ho,” I realize how ridiculous mainstream country radio is.

  10. Billy
    December 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I wouldn’t mind “splitting” the radio into two formats. I like both old country and pop country, so I want to hear both types of it. On all the country radio stations here, it’s about 90% new pop country.

  11. mimi
    December 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    “Although Taylor Swift’s new album missed the eligibility window for the 2009 Grammys, Todd Martens believes it’s a forgone conclusion that it’ll be nominated in 2010. That leaves Sugarland and Carrie Underwood as his two safe bets for best country album nods at the upcoming awards show, but Swift still has a prominent role in the broadcast with a coveted performance slot and co-host duties.”

    Taylor is performing at the nomination special, not the Grammy telecast. Well, at least not yet.

    Hey Drew, maybe some people really liked Carrie’s album.

  12. Matt C.
    December 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    M.C.: I don’t think that the record will be bad, I just don’t think that it will be as good as LLL, and comparison is inevitable.

    However, I would be more enthusiastic if it was just Bare, without the guest stars. Frankly, a lot of these projects where a bunch of legends get together to cover songs aren’t nearly as good as they should be, probably because they feel too much like an exercise in nostalgia rather than a real artistic creation. As for all the folks that Bare Jr. plans to bring into the fold…well, we’d sure complain if they performed at the CMA Awards, right?

  13. Stormy
    December 2, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    If they don’t release Stars in Her Eyes how will I ever know about the dangers of veneral disease? I wasn’t even born in 1951. Do you want me to pick these things up in the streets people?

  14. Jaime
    December 2, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I love Stormy comments.

  15. Guy
    December 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Shel Silverstein was an amazingly creative person; and an absolute knockout songwriter. Any project to remind us of that is alright by me.

    I mean, “The Cover of the Rolling Stone”, “The Winner” AND “A Boy Named Sue” — just to name a few. (Are you KIDDING me?!?!!?!?)

  16. Brody Vercher
    December 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    @Mimi – Thanks for the correction, I updated the news to reflect it.

    @Stormy – I wouldn’t want anyone catching preventable venerable diseases, so I found a copy of “Stars In Her Eyes” on Google Video.

  17. Brody Vercher
    December 2, 2008 at 9:54 pm
  18. Stormy
    December 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Brody–Its nice to know you are always looking out for my best interests. But can I download it onto my MP3 player in case I get drunk at the Christmas party and forget? These are the things we must worry about, along with the dangers of veneral disease, of course.

  19. Matt C.
    December 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Brody, great find. I’m sorry, but that song is hilarious.

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