Darker Than Light

Darker Than Light

by Bobby Bare

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Darker Than Light

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Plowboy
UPC: 0788581394717
catalogNumber: 1001
Rank: 69343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Glen Duncan   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
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   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
Alejandro Escovedo   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Allen Parker   overdub engineer
Don Cusic   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Frank Warner   Composer
John Lomax   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jack Spencer   Cover Photo
Victor Reina   Composer
Bartley Pursley   overdub engineer
Michael Janas   overdub engineer
Matt Rausch   overdub engineer
David Evans   Composer
Luke Gilfeather   Engineer
R. Shannon Pollard   Executive Producer

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