Bobby Bare Jr. cannot hide from his family’s legacy, considering he shares the same name as his Country Music Hall of Fame father, Bobby Bare, who recorded here in Cincinnati at King Records in the 1960s.
Bare Jr. first came onto the music scene in 1974, when he recorded the Shel Silverstein-penned, Grammy-nominated song “Daddy What If” with Bare Sr. when he was 6 years old. As a young man, however, he would go on to get a degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee, a field of endeavor he promptly decided to ignore. After reaching 30, Bare Jr. decided to take music seriously and honed his songwriting skills with the help of mentor Silverstein.
Bare Jr.’s music is twisted, countrified AltRock with some Roots and Punk music influences thrown in the mix. His unique style will be brought to life this Saturday when he performs a free show at MOTR Pub with his band The Young Criminals Starvation League.
Bare Jr.’s latest album, Undefeated, came out earlier this year. The full-length combines occasionally distorted guitars and big beats with off-the-wall lyrical themes and a distinct sense of humor (the Silverstein influence has stuck, apparently). To get a taste of his music, look for his new music video for the song “North of Alabama By Mornin’” on YouTube.
BOBBY BARE JR. plays Saturday, Nov. 29 at MOTR Pub. Find tickets/more info here.