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Classic Album Review: Bare Jr. | Boo-Tay

The country star's rockin' boy isn't exactly following in his daddy's bootsteps.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


That’s Bare Jr. as in Bobby Bare Jr., son of the country star. But baby Bare isn’t quite following in daddy’s bootsteps; while his songwriting does have one foot in country, the other is planted firmly in quirky, hard-crunching roots-rock.

Still, no matter which style you prefer, it’s hard not to grin when Bare tosses off hilarious one-liners like “Do you care enough about me / To beat the hell out of me?” or “You blew me off / It turned me on” in a voice that swings wildly from a warm embrace to a tragic twang to a psychotic yelp. Any way you slice it, Boo-tay’s a beauty.