Here’s another authentic song, written by Bob in the early 1980’s, in Oakland, California. Every word in it is the gospel truth, so help me Santa Claus. This video was recorded at the Otherlands, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2015. Not for the faint of heart.
Here’s the latest hit single from the same guy that brought you the Little Gest of Robin Hood and other classic sagas of the working man — this one was produced by the incomparable John Murry (the same as co-conspired with Bob on the murder ballads CD, World WithoutEnd). John also put an awesome backup vocal on this baby. Recorded at Tim Mooney’s Closer Recording in San Francisco back in 2009-10, it’s actually one track off an album that has never been released yet.
Chuck Giamalvo, Bob’s friend and co-writer down in Arizona, produced this CD of Bob singing 12 songs that he and Chuck wrote over the past few years. They recorded it in Chuck’s studio in Tolleson, with some local Arizona pickers and the Arizona Angels, two ladies from Phoenix that put some heavenly harmonies on it.
The songs are a good mix of different styles and stories, from riverboat gamblers and truck drivers to lonesome lovers and one old guy who lost everything he had, but saved his heart for her. Bob usually writes story songs, like old cowboy songs or folk music, and Chuck usually writes classic country music like was popular back in the ’60’s, so as Chuck says in the liner notes, they have come up with some material here that neither one of them would have written on their own.
It’s available right now on cdbaby, or you can get it direct from Bob! Or you can get it right here! Don’t push, don’t shove, there’s plenty here for one and all!
The lyrics of this song were written on the battlefield by Dylan Hartsfeld, a soldier from North Carolina who served two tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and then came home and got murdered by a cop in his own back yard.
Here’s one about Jackpine Mary, the legendary cowgirl from Williams Lake, B.C., on her wild ride through the aspens, when a grizzly bear was chasing her.