Nashville’s Bobby Bare, Jr. did not disappoint when he kicked off his shoes and played a lively set at the Lizard Lounge last Thursday night. He brought with him two members of his Young Criminals’ Starvation League: the brilliant keyboardist, Matt Rowland, who played the hell out of some Christmas tunes during the interludes, and the fearless drummer, Doni Schroader, clad in skeleton pajamas.
A good mix of old and new songs were performed masterfully, including a cover of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show’s “The Cover of Rolling Stone,” written by Bare’s family friend and poet Shel Silverstein. There was a healthy amount of rocking out and hilarious banter between the players and the small but dedicated audience.
Bare manned his own merchandise table after the show. Items for sale included copies of the 2012 documentary about his life, Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost). The film is available to stream on Amazon. Also for sale was his latest album, Undefeated, which I highly recommend purchasing on vinyl through his website for only $12.99. I paid $20 for my copy at the show, but he did sign it for me…and for pillows and cars and a smiley face.