Darker Than Light [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rumbling out of semi-retirement -- he plays shows fairly regularly in Nashville but doesn't tour much and hasn't -- Bobby Bare turns in a remarkable record with 2012's Darker Than Light. Returning to the legendary RCA Studio B -- the same place he cut many of his earliest sides -- with producer Don Cusic in tow, Bare tackles folk chestnuts with the support of a band of pros anchored by guitarists Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs, musicians who match Bare's well-weathered but hardly worn-out growl. Strictly speaking, not every song here is a folk tune -- he revives U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," which is now close to a standard, and he covers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rumbling out of semi-retirement -- he plays shows fairly regularly in Nashville but doesn't tour much and hasn't -- Bobby Bare turns in a remarkable record with 2012's Darker Than Light. Returning to the legendary RCA Studio B -- the same place he cut many of his earliest sides -- with producer Don Cusic in tow, Bare tackles folk chestnuts with the support of a band of pros anchored by guitarists Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs, musicians who match Bare's well-weathered but hardly worn-out growl. Strictly speaking, not every song here is a folk tune -- he revives U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," which is now close to a standard, and he covers Alejandro Escovedo's "I Was Drunk," plus he sets the Shel Silverstein poem "The Devil and Billy Markham" to music, thereby making an important connection to his classic '70s albums, which were heavy on Silverstein tunes. Still, the core of the album lies in these imaginatively reworked folk tunes, with Bare digging into such sturdy standards as "John Hardy" and "Shenandoah," finding new wrinkles within these overly familiar tunes. Bare doesn't turn the songs inside out so much as expand them, so "Boll Weevil" winds up grooving on a back-porch stomp and "House of the Rising Sun" rolls out on a floating sense of sorrow. Through it all, Bare's voice retains its casual power and grace, and he's clearly invigorated by the ace musicians who surround him. He may be pushing 80, but Bobby Bare never seems old; he sounds like a man in full, happy to be where he is, singing songs he's always loved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Plowboy
  • UPC: 788581394717
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 53,429

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Glen Duncan Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin
The Whites Vocals
Alejandro Escovedo Vocals
Vince Gill Vocals
Byron House Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Gary Kubal Percussion
Buddy Miller Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Bobby Bare Jr. Vocals
Marco Giovino Drums
Eddie Pennington Electric Guitar
Brad Albin Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Gary Shiebler Vocals
Wes Langlois Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andy Leftowich Fiddle, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Arranger, Composer, Producer
Merle Travis Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Frank Proffitt Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Jimmie Driftwood Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Alejandro Escovedo Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Allen Parker overdub engineer
Don Cusic Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Frank Warner Composer
John Lomax III Composer
Traditional Composer
Jack Spencer Cover Photo
Victor Reina Composer
Bartley Pursley overdub engineer
Paul David Hewson Composer
Michael Janas overdub engineer
Matt Rausch overdub engineer
David Evans Composer
Luke Gilfeather Engineer
R. Shannon Pollard Executive Producer
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