Bobby Bare Jr. @ The City Winery, 8/8/2011
Not that he needs it, but I have been championing Bobby Bare, Jr.’s unique songwriting talents for years. I had occasion to catch the charismatic Mr. Bare, plus a few other musical talents at our own City Winery.
Chatham County Line opened. I was thoroughly entertained by the fiddle/mandolin/upright bass/banjo/acoustic guitar-vocal 4-piece and their new song “Alone In New York” was especially perfect for this evening and quite commercial, though bluegrass tinged like the rest of their stuff.
Carey Kotsionis was next, she sings background on many of Bobby Bare Jr.’s albums (and would with him this night). The little woman with the loud voice rolled through a short set of her own tunes with sister Courtney harmonizing.
Bobby Bare, Jr. took the stage and with laconic whit, chunky acoustic guitar playing and those amazing pipes, proved he is a force to be reckoned with. Treating us to a little over an hour of his sardonic, perfectly-rendered ditties, Bobby Bare Jr. ran through more of his recent stuff including spectacular renditions of “Rock and Roll Halloween,” “Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville,” stunner “Valentine” and the only song he performed sans Carey, my personal favorite of the evening “One Of Us Has Got To Go” from his latest A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head (reviewed here). He also managed a great cover of “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone.”
It was a great night in New York City with the fantastic Bobby Bare Jr. performing at the equally fantastic City Winery.