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Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League
Undefeated

Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League — Undefeated (April 15, 2014)

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•≡•   This son of a legendary country singer has his own style of witty but deeply personal country-influenced indie rock.
•≡•   The 10 rootsy Americana-style rock songs are at once poignant and shot through with mordant wit. — Wall Street Journal
•≡•   A grab bag of tones and styles, spacey sounds, mariachi horns, twang, folk-punk, psyche-rock and distorted post-punk illuminates each song in its own right, bringing to mind influences as vast as Grandaddy and The Replacements. New Noise Magazine
•≡•   Undefeated finds the likable troubadour crafting a tantalizing hybrid of down-home and epic pop sounds, and reflecting on romance, betrayal and heartbreak in ambitious yet rough-hewn tracks. As always, the key is Bare’s ruefully eloquent voice, which finds a humorous undercurrent in the most woeful situations. — Mother Jones
•≡•   Remains one of alt-country’s wittiest and most eclectic artists on his new breakup disc. — Winnipeg Sun
•≡•   [BBJ] has achieved that rare accomplishment — attaining maturity and classiness while maintaining a rockin' edge... One reason why this diversity works magnificently is because Bare doesn't merely try on a style — he adapts an assortment of approaches and influences. — East Bay Express
•≡•   What makes Bobby Bare Jr. so special, and what Undefeated captures, is his ability to cross all lines and maintain a cohesive sound that, most importantly, sounds like him and him alone. 9/10 stars — Glide Magazine
•≡•   Bobby Bare Jr. = My Morning Jacket + Big Star — Slug Magazine
Born: June 28, 1966 in Nashville, TN
Location: Nashville, TN
Album release: April 15, 2014
Record Label: Bloodshot Records
Duration:     37:35
Tracks:
01. North of Alabama By Mornin’     4:07
02. If She Cared     3:15
03. The Big Time     3:43
04. Don’t Wanna Know     4:46
05. The Elegant Imposter     2:11
06. Undefeated     4:51
07. My Baby Took My Baby Away     3:13
08. Blame Everybody (But Yourself)     3:15
09. As Forever Became Never Again     3:52
10. Don’t Stand At The Stove     4:23
2014 Bloodshot Records
© 2014 Bobby Bare Jr.
•≡•   Bobby Bare, Jr. has the heart of a poet and the soul of a drunk who can be counted on to tell some funny stories at the bar on Friday night. Or is it the heart of a drunk and the soul of a poet? Whatever the case, Bare has perfected the art of wearing his heart on his sleeve while spinning musical shaggy dog stories that can be either hilarious or harrowing, and he once again reveals just how good he is at such things on his fourth album with his Young Criminals’ Starvation League, 2014's Undefeated.
•≡•   Musically, this is an adventurous set, as Bare and his bandmates eagerly detour their country-accented rock and pop through echoey lo-fi thunder on the title track, conjure clouds of distorted guitars and organs on “North of Alabama by Mornin’,” embrace hissy drum boxes and cheesy organ on “The Big Time,” and dive deep into witty yet creepy keyboard-driven pop on “The Elegant Imposter.”
•≡•   As for Bare’s songs, busted relationships seem to be on his mind on Undefeated, as he ponders how parenthood ruined his relationship on “My Baby Took My Baby Away” (a song that could have been written by a Southern-accented Harry Nilsson), takes rueful aim at an ex and himself in “If She Cared,” mentally checks out on “Don’t Wanna Know,” and nails down the various points of a breakup in “As Forever Became Never Again.” Bare and his bandmates don’t try to force humor when it doesn’t belong on Undefeated, but there is a certain woozy wit that snakes in and out of several of these tunes despite the heartache and occasional bad feelings, and Bare and his bandmates give these songs just the right instrumental attack, tight yet ambling, and this ranks with Bare’s best work since Bare Jr. called it a day. You don’t want to choose Bobby Bare, Jr. to be your designated driver, but if you want him to sum up your day and your week, he’s up to the challenge, and Undefeated is a revealing set of songs that spins gold from life’s big and little ups and downs.
Artist Biography by Mark Deming
•≡•   Bobby Bare, Jr. may have begun his career when he was eight years old by the side of his dad, but as a grownup he's carved out a respectable niche with music that falls somewhere between hard rock, roots rock, indie rock, and alt-country. Bobby Bare, Jr. was born on June 28, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee; his father was the successful country singer Bobby Bare, who'd scored hits with the songs "Detroit City," "500 Miles," and "Streets of Baltimore," among many others. The Bare family lived just outside Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where their neighbors were George Jones and Tammy Wynette. In 1974, Bare brought his son into the studio to record "Daddy, What If," a Shel Silverstein tune that imagined a conversation between a father and son. The tune became a hit and went on to win a Grammy, and Bare Jr. became a regular presence at his father's concerts, singing the tune with his dad; when he was too old to perform the song, he worked as part of Bare's stage crew and at the merchandise table.
•≡•   While Bare Jr. attended the University of Tennessee and received a degree in psychology, by his own admission his goal was to "avoid working a real job at any cost," and he began playing out and writing songs, with Silverstein offering to critique anything he wrote. In the mid-'90s, Bare formed a tough but witty rock band called Bare Jr., and the group scored a deal with Immortal Records, a hard rock label whose big acts were Incubus and Korn; as Bare said, “It was awesome to be offered a deal with (noted roots music label) Lost Highway, but it meant more to have a record-deal offer from somebody that didn't know what my family background was.” Bare Jr. cut two albums for Immortal, 1998's Boo-Tay and 2000's Brainwasher, but neither connected commercially and the group split up. In 2002, Bare recorded a more personal and stylistically diverse independent album with a rotating cast of musicians; the band and the album were called Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League, and the album was Bare's first for pioneering alt-country imprint Bloodshot Records.
•≡•   The Young Criminals' Starvation League became Bare's new ongoing project, releasing the OK — I'm Sorry... EP in 2003 and the albums From the End of Your Leash and The Longest Meow in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In the 2009 EP American Bread, Bare and his friends attacked a handful of songs by two once-fashionable bands, America and Bread. In 2010, he released his first album simply as Bobby Bare, Jr., a song cycle titled A Storm, a Tree, My Mother's Head, which was inspired by a variety of personal crises and featured backing from members of My Morning Jacket. •≡•   The Shel Silverstein tribute album Twistable, Turnable Man, which was produced in part by Bare, also arrived in 2010. In 2012, Bare contributed vocals to an album by his father, Darker Than Light, and in 2014 he returned with another Young Criminals' Starvation League effort, Undefeated; it was preceded by a 7" vinyl EP from Fat Possum Records, Shame on Me.
Website: http://www.bobbybarejr.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/bobbybarejr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bobbybarejr
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/barejunior
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbybarejrmusic?ref=ts
Press: info@bobbybarejr.com
Agent: kfrench@paradigmagency.com
Label: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/undefeated
BOBBY BARE JR’S QUICK FACTS:
•≡• Has a degree in psychology from the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE.
•≡• Made 2 albums for Immortal Records with his band “BARE JR.” — one for sony records in 1998 and one for virgin records in 2001.
•≡• Born raised and still lives in Nashville, TN.
•≡• Is VERY afraid of elves.
•≡• Has 3 children —two boys and one girl—
•≡• Nominated for a grammy at the age of 6 years old for a duet with his dad called “daddy what if” — written by Shel Silverstein — that year the grammy for “country duet of the year” went to THE POINTER SISTERS.
•≡• Believes that blue is a flavor and not a color nor a feeling.
•≡• Has made 3 albums and 1 ep for BLOODSHOT RECORDS since 2002.
•≡• Co-produced his dad’s last record THE MOON WAS BLUE in 2006.
•≡• Grew up in HENDERSONVILLE, TN with George Jones and Tammy Wynette as his next door neighbors.
•≡• Recorded his 2006 album “THE LONGEST MEOW” in 1 day — 11 songs 11 people 11 hours (there were a couple of over dubs during mixing).
•≡• Is only making music in the hopes of getting one step closer to his ultimate dream of being STEVEN PATRICK MORRISSEY’s personal bicycle mechanic.
•≡• Has toured with — DR. DOG, THE WALKMEN, THE DECEMBERISTS, THE BLACK CROWES, BOB DYLAN, AREOSMITH, MY MORNING JACKET, CENTRO-MATIC, THE BOTTEL ROCKETS, THE DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, ANDREW BIRD, and THE OLD 97′s.
•≡• Has been romantically linked to the BOB’S BIG BOY boy.
•≡• Is the executive producer of  “Twistable, Turnable Man”  a tribute album of Shel Silverstein songs performed by BOBBY BARE SR., MY MORNING JACKET, JOHN PRINE, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, THE BOXMASTERS, SARAH JAROSZ AND BLACK PRARIE, DR. DOG, RAY PRICE, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, FRANK BLACK, TODD SNIDER AND NANCI GRIFFITH,  HE SINGS  “DADDY WHAT IF”  WITH HIS DAUGHTER ISABELLA BARE.
•≡• Has played BONNAROO-SASQUATCH and AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL.
•≡• HIS LATEST ALBUM CAME OUT IN AUG OF 2010 AND IS CALLED “A STORM — A TREE — MY MOTHER’S HEAD.
PERFORMED ON a family album of all SHEL SILVERSTEIN songs called “SINGIN’ IN THE KITCHEN” in 1975.
•≡• Can NOT speak mandrin chinese.
•≡• Wrote with and had all his songs critiqued by SHEL SILVERSTEIN till Shel passed on in may of 1999.
•≡• Sang on the song “Getting back into you” on THE SILVER JEWS album “TANGLEWOOD NUMBERS“.
•≡• Sang on the song “Riding” on WILL OLDHAMS‘ album “Bonnie Prince Billie sings Greatest Palace Music”.
Musical style and influences:
•≡• Many of Bare's songs incorporate a lot of humor and references to popular culture. His writing has been characterized as "inventive and melodic." Shel Silverstein was a huge influence in his approach to songwriting. Bare describes it as writing poems and turning them into songs, which was very similar to what Silverstein did.
•≡• On Silverstein's help with his early writing, Bare said that he grew up “in a family where Shel was a very valued member. Dad was always doing a project with him. He was around. He was a big part of our family. So I just asked him and he offered.” Bare said that Silverstein taught him “to take an idea and push it as far as you can and then push it a whole lot further. You need to be writing something that was just not there before. Shel had a fearlessness in his writing. Whenever I am co-writing I notice, right at the [lyrical] area when people start backing down, that’s the only place you can do something interesting, right on the area where you are teetering. When someone says, 'I don’t know if we should go that far,' that’s right where you should go.”
Albums:
•≡• 1998 Boo-tay (As Bare Jr.)
•≡• 2000 Brainwasher (As Bare Jr.)
•≡• 2002 Bobby Bare, Jr.'s The Young Criminals Starvation League
•≡• 2004 From the End of Your Leash
•≡• 2006 Live: Nick Nacks & Paddy Whacks The Longest Meow
•≡• 2010 A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head
•≡• 2014 Undefeated
EPs and singles:
•≡• 2003 OK — I'm Sorry... (EP)
•≡• 2009 American Bread (EP)
•≡• 2010 A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head (EP) 5 acoustic demos of the album
•≡• 2011 UNRELEASED and FREE (EP)
•≡• 2014 Shame on Me (7" vinyl/digital download) (1,000 limited run)
PRESS:
•≡• What's most remarkable about Bare's songs is how effortlessly catchy they are...The only real curiosity about Bare's career to date is that he hasn't yet become a big name in modern rock — the kind of artist whose every album is awaited with the eager anticipation that greets the latest from Spoon or the Shins. — Nashville Scene
•≡• Bare works the audience like a carnival barker who also happens to write tender, honest songs that move the room to awed silence. Do not miss the opportunity to catch the healing power of this band live, who will put a smile on your face and drink one with you after the show. — Upstate Link
•≡• He’s an enthusiastic and interesting character who is making some of the most interesting music in America, straddling several genres between rock, punk, country, and Americana. — Toledo.com
•≡• One of the best commercially undiscovered artists on the leftbank of Americana. Ranging from raucous, to emotionally intense, it comes with a wonderfully twisted streak of humor. — London Independent
•≡• Undefeated finds the likable troubadour crafting a tantalizing hybrid of down-home and epic pop sounds, and reflecting on romance, betrayal and heartbreak in ambitious yet rough-hewn tracks. As always, the key is Bare’s ruefully eloquent voice, which finds a humorous undercurrent in the most woeful situations. — Mother Jones
•≡• [BBJ] has achieved that rare accomplishment — attaining maturity and classiness while maintaining a rockin' edge... One reason why this diversity works magnificently is because Bare doesn't merely try on a style — he adapts an assortment of approaches and influences. — East Bay Express
•≡• What makes Bobby Bare Jr. so special, and what Undefeated captures, is his ability to cross all lines and maintain a cohesive sound that, most importantly, sounds like him and him alone. 9/10 stars — Glide Magazine
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