From the End of Your Leash

From the End of Your Leash

by Bobby Bare Jr.
     
 
One thing that country and the blues have long had in common is a penchant for dark humor -- an ability to find humorous, clever ways of addressing life's challenges and disappointments. That ability to laugh and cry at the same time is something that country's royalty -- Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings,

Overview

One thing that country and the blues have long had in common is a penchant for dark humor -- an ability to find humorous, clever ways of addressing life's challenges and disappointments. That ability to laugh and cry at the same time is something that country's royalty -- Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, and George Jones, among many others -- have in common with blues greats like Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy. And that laughing-through-the-tears approach is certainly alive and well on From the End of Your Leash, which often demonstrates that Bobby Bare Jr. is a master of dark humor. Anyone who calls his band the Young Criminals' Starvation League obviously has a taste for twisted humor, and this Americana
oots rock effort is hardly the work of a mindlessly naïve Pollyanna who goes through life wearing rose-colored glasses -- Bare's world-weary vocals and lyrics indicate that he's been around the block too many times for that. Bare sings and writes about loneliness, heartbreak, sadness, and dysfunctional relationships -- he writes about being down on your luck -- and through it all, his sense of humor is a definite asset. The singer/songwriter brings a variety of influences to his rock & roll -- influences ranging from blues and Memphis soul to punk to country, and that country influence isn't surprising when you consider that his father is country star Bobby Bare Sr. But the younger Bare is hardly a carbon copy of his famous dad; while Bare Sr.'s name is synonymous with country, Bare Jr. is primarily a rocker with country influences. At times, From the End of Your Leash can be a little too self-indulgent for its own good, but that's only a minor problem -- one that is easily outweighed by the warmth, humanity, and soulfulness that Bare Jr. brings to this generally memorable CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302011028
catalogNumber:
20110
Rank:
159282

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Lloyd Barry   Trumpet,Group Member
George Chambers   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Duane Denison   Guitar,Group Member
Mark Nevers   Guitar,Group Member
Matt Swanson   Bass,Group Member
Kami Lyle   Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Tony Crow   Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Will Oldham   Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Bird   Violin,Human Whistle,Group Member
Paul Niehaus   Steel Guitar,Group Member
Paul Burch   Guitar,Group Member
Deanna Varagona   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Waldo Weathers   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Tracy Hackney   Dulcimer,Group Member
Carey Kotsionis   Vocals,Group Member
Doni Schroader   Drums,Vibes,Group Member
Michael Grimes   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Cory Younts   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Shel Silverstein   Composer
Mark Nevers   Audio Production
Tony Crow   Composer
Andrew Bird   Whistle
Bobby Bare   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Carey Kotsionis   Composer
Lesley Patterson   Etching

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