Bobby Bare scored nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. In a laconic vocal style that embraces both wry country wit and poignant folk storytelling, his literate, cross-cultural appeal has earned him the nickname “the Springsteen of country.”
On April 7, 1935, Bobby (Robert Joseph Bare) was born in Ironton, Ohio. He had a rough early life. To cope with the unease of being shifted around so much, the youngster dreamed of being a country singer and even made his first guitar out of a coffee can, a stick and some screen wires.
Although he lived and worked on a farm, Bare picked up some surprisingly eclectic musical influences during his youth. “We didn’t have any rock ‘n’ roll or other country, really all we had was the Grand Ole Opry, that was my favorite,” Bare recalled, “but I always listened to the big bands of the ’40s and I liked different songs.
Some of his hits include, “How I got to Memphis,” “A Dear John Letter,” “Daddy, What If,” “Drop Kick Me Jesus,” “Tequila Sheila,” “The Winner” and “Sleep Tight Good Night Man.”
The early 2000s found Bare playing country legends tours, casino dates, and doing as much fishing as he desired. Yet, he still occasionally dabbles in music, guesting on the eclectic alt. rock/country albums of his son, Bloodshot recording artist Bobby Bare, Jr.