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article imageInterview with Bobby Bare: Country Music Hall of Famer Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 13, 2013 in Entertainment
On April 13, veteran country music singer and songwriter Bobby Bare chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about his music.
He opened up about his latest studio album “Darker Than Light,” as well as becoming one of the three newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, when the announcement was made three days after his 78th birthday.
Throughout his career in country music, which spans over fifty years, Bobby has had multiple Top 10 hits on the country charts and in 1964, he won a Grammy award for “Best Country and Western Recording” for “Detroit City.” “I got that Grammy a long time ago before I even knew what a Grammy was. They weren't a big deal back then since the awards weren't on television,” he shared.
On the country music genre, he remarked, “I love its songs since I am a ‘song’ person.”
His newest album “Darker Than Light” was released on November 13, 2012 via his label, Plowboy Records. It includes a cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Vince Gill sang the harmony vocals on “I Was A Young Man Once.” “Those are old folk songs that have been around for many years that I always loved to do. I always had these songs in my mind and I put them on a CD,” he said.
Although he enjoys all of the songs on his new album, a few that particularly stand out to him include “Shenandoah,” “John Hardy” and “Boll Weevil.”
On April 10, it was announced that Bobby will be inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame along with fellow veterans Kenny Rogers and “Cowboy” Jack Clement. “That was huge,” Bobby exclaimed. “What a deal. I spent all day yesterday with Jack Clement. We have been close friends for a really long time. Kenny Rogers is a superstar. It’s like being around Elvis. Kenny really is a good guy.”
Bobby noted that he stays in touch with his fans by doing concerts and via his homepage and Facebook page. “I always go out and sign autographs after the shows. That is why I am there. That is just as important as being on stage,” he said. “Thank you to the fans for being there and for staying with me. I really appreciate them.”
Regarding the key to longevity in the music industry, he stated, “I enjoy doing what I love, which is singing country songs and by staying healthy.”
He revealed that in his spare time he enjoys fishing.
For Bobby Bare, the word success means “being content wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Also, knowing your kids, since a lot of other stars don’t really get to know their children, but I do.”
For more information on country music living legend Bobby Bare, visit his official website.
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