Big Bob Young
For a lifetime, Big Bob Young, a working man’s storyteller with a comfortably-weathered voice, has carried his songs around, shaping and refining them until they’re solid, sturdy and built to last. The grooves run deep, the stories and emotions ring true, and the words shine like the modest gems they are.
Young’s 10-song debut CD, HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR, is a home-cooked sonic buffet of bluesy, roots-rockin’ Americana, with simply eloquent lyrics: literate but unpretentious, well-crafted and semi-autobiographical.
Robert L. Young was born in 1955, and while he may have taken a circuitous route to reach this point in life, his songs are richer for their travels. A married father and high school dropout at 17, Big Bob has been an airman, soldier, mechanic, collegian, jazzman, country bandleader, farrier, telegram singer and clown. He has twice married and divorced and lost a wife to cancer. Young served his country for 23 years in the Air Force and Army National Guard, including a 13-month stint (April '03-May '04) in Iraq for which he was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. Along the way, he has musically chronicled heartache and jubilation, innocence lost and insight gained, pleasures of the flesh and matters of the soul. Now, these songs can finally be heard.
Music has surrounded Young since his birth into a musical family in St. Louis — Mom and her eight siblings harmonized on gospel standards; Dad taught him guitar — and young Bob absorbed these influences and many more. He started writing songs as a teen, and caught the performing "bug" while serving in the Air Force. “I was 27 before I made my first dollar from music, playing at an Officers' Club for $300 a week,” he recalls.
In the mid-’80s, while bandleader for a country artist in Arkansas, Young (who plays guitar, bass and drums), began honing his songwriting skills. In 1988 he moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he earned a degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University. He moved to Tullahoma, Tennessee in 1992, where he now lives with "Buddy" (a three-year old Yellow Labrador Retriever) and enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Vicki.
When Young retired from the military in 2008, he committed himself to his music full-time and was finally ready to record his first CD. He called longtime friend and musical collaborator Grammy Award winning bassist Jeff "$tick" Davis (Amazing Rhythm Aces/Burrito Deluxe) to assemble a dream team of cosmic musicians: Michael Webb (Gary Allan/Allison Moorer) on piano, organ and accordion; Rick Lonow (Poco/Burrito Deluxe) on drums; Carlton Moody (Burrito Deluxe/Moody Brothers) on acoustic guitar and mandolin, and bluesman Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn/The Band) on electric guitar, slide and Dobro. The album was recorded and mixed in Nashville, with Davis, Webb and Moody producing.
The all-star band and blue-collar singing poet are a perfect match on HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR. From album opener “Ship of Fools” (a soulful good-love-gone-bad blues) to the celebratory hoedown “Green County Stomp;" from the prayerful “Somewhere Tonight” to the swinging barroom come-on “Can I Take You Home” Young proves himself across a range of styles.
Like the tough-as-nails Arkansas waitress in the title track, Big Bob Young knows how hard it is to make a dollar. But in his music, as in his life, he rolls up his sleeves and gets the job done. When it comes to writing great songs, with lyrics that move and rhythms that rock, he delivers.
written by Jeff Walter
Dean Ashley - Drums
Dennis Long - Bass
LP Hard Way to Make a Dollar. A Man Aound the House records. A Man Around the House publishing (BMI), an independent label.
Ship of Fools
Hard Way to Make a Dollar
Why Don't We Fall in Love
Can I Take You Home
Best of a Bad Situation
I Call it Love
Green County Stomp
Bury Me in Dixie
If We'd Had Paris
This Feels Like Forever
Somwhere Tonight Debuts at #1
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Contact: Martha E. Moore
Big Bob Young's "Somewhere Tonight" Debuts At #1 On New Christian Music European And Country Charts
Fans & Deejays Embrace Tale Of Lost Youth And The Power Of Prayer
Nashville, TN (January 29, 2009) -- Big Bob Young's third international release, "Somewhere Tonight," debuts at #1 on both the New Christian Music European and Country Charts this week. The inspirational tale of lost youth and the power of prayer is resonating with fans and deejays alike, and it's taken Young to the top of the charts for the very first time against strong competition.
"I am very grateful that 'Somewhere Tonight' received this kind of response," Big Bob says. "It's a song that's very close to my heart and it's very meaningful to me that it is my first #1."
The track is from Big Bob Young's critically-acclaimed debut CD, HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR. Fans can enjoy audio clips, video and more at http://www.myspace.com/bbuiltonblues. For interviews, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on NCM , click on www.newchristianmusic.co.uk .
Press and Industry Quotes
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BIG BOB YOUNG Quotes (as of 1 28 09) “...BIG BOB YOUNG Quotes (as of 1 28 09)
“Falling under the 'big tent' side of the Country music equation comes Big Bob Young and his blues-laced debut album Hard Way To Make A Dollar "Ship Of Fools" has a deep blues-rock undercurrent to it that's actually not far from what has helped make Jimmy Buffet a long-time favorite (when he's not singing party songs). Vocally Big Bob Young also resembles Buffett's weary, aged voice. is a fine album that showcases the kind of great talent that comes in all shapes, sizes and ages in our great country.” -Matt Bjorke, ROUGHSTOCK
“Somewhere Tonight---Another great story song singer who communicates clearly and tunefully. “ Roger Hill, IN TOUCH MAGAZINE
“”The mood (of the CD) covers country, blues and blue-eyed soul. The latter underrated genre is perhaps Bob’s strongest with some similarities to Russell Smith especially on “ I Call It Love.” He should be very content with the making of a first rate album which will sound as good in ten years as it does today. Well done.” Keith Glass, CAPITAL NEWS (Australia)
“A CD that's certainly different from the current mass productions and that reminds me of some Texan songwriters: Straight forward, honest and sometimes inconvenient. Let's hope that Young gets his well deserved attention. His fan base is certainly growing with this album.”
- Bruno Michel, AMERICAN-COUNTRY (Switzerland)
“Big Bob has an expressive, passionate vocal style that grabs you and makes you want to listen deeply to what he is singing about. The main thrust of the music is blues driven; and there’s some pretty powerful stuff in the package.”
- Larry Delaney, COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS (Canada)
“This is a record that offers a wide spectra of styles and appeals to most people who want some ‘go’ in the music. The music this 53 old guy produce can be described as Americana with blues/rock influences. A comparison that comes to my mind is Delbert McClinton. When it swings as most, as in the title track, you at once come to think of The Tractors and their often hard driving music. Big Bob Young is a man you must not miss.”
-Olov Lindgren, KOUNTRY KORRAL (Sweden)
“Hard Way To Make A Dollar is a 10-track joyous debut of fulfilled ambition. It’s where determination and talent meet at the fork. Produced by Jeff ”Stick” Davis, Carlton Moody and Michael Webb – all respected for their many and varied musical indulgences – the album with Young’s self-penned offering is, well, simply, a keeper. There’s the voice. It’s lived-in. There’s a soft growl. There’s a biting grit. There is a melody, a vocal richness, something not taught at music school, rather lived out in the streets. The bars, and lived out in situations and circumstances of the examined life.” – George Peden, COUNTRY STARS ONLINE
“Hard Way To Make A Dollar (the single) blew the cobwebs away for sure.”
- Kjell Horlin, MCWC Radio (Sweden)
“Hard Way To Make A Dollar (the single) is packed with more energy than a battery.”
– Gerd Stassen, EVW Radio (Germany)
“Prevalent throughout the whole album are the stand out, gravelly vocals of Bob, which bring to mind several old timers, or current singers such as Tom Russell, and in all of these instances the gravelly sound adds an extra dimension to the vocals… I am confident that once you have heard it you will be glad he did. “- Helen Mitchell, FATEA MAGAZINE ( U.K.) “
“Mixing Americana with solid country and a touch of blues, Big Bob could well become something of a cult figure.” – David Allan, COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE (U.K.)
“Hard Way to Make a Dollar”, has ten superbly crafted songs, beautifully performed and leaving me a little perplexed. Can this really be a debut album when in reality it seems to be the work of a well-seasoned star? This is an album no self respecting country fan will want to be without.”
- Pete Smith, THE ADVERTISER (U.K)
“The density of the complete work is an impressive piece of Americana.”
- Max Achatz, COUNTRY JUKEBOX (Germany)
“In fact songs of Big Bob are intense and rich of passion, not only the love to the center
of its thematic one, but life every day, that one of common people that it faces, with difficulty, every sacrifice; and the cure and the attention for the spirit and for spirit, the memories, also those ugly, those that have it carried in turn for the world, in the war zones.”
- Davide Frascella, TARANT OGGI ( Italy)
“This is a very melodic record that is difficult not to take to your heart, with everything from stompy country to jazz and soul. Totally I liked the record and Big Bob Young should certainly be bigger in Nashville.” Hans Bloom, DALADEMOKRATEN (Sweden)
“The sound is a bluesy mix of road-house rock with country overtones that suits Young's age roughened and weathered voice... a hard working bed rock integrity is at the heart of his songs. This is the kind of album that tends to get little attention in the media but is more worthy that some more acclaimed major label releases.” Steve Rapid, LONESOME HIGHWAY
“Mixing Americana with solid country and a touch of blues, Big Bob could well become something of a cult figure.” – David Allan, COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE (U.K.)
“This is working man’s music – a bit of everything- blues, country & rock’n’roll. A refreshing blast in today’s manufactured music world.”
–Stewart Fenwick, COUNTRY MUSIC & DANCE (Scotland/Ireland)
“Blues and soul are the master words from the first notes of the album…. Big Bob Young offers a pure and sincere voice.” – Jean Agostini, HIGHWAY FM (France)
“Here's an engaging parade of country ditties performed by a master of the rural genre. Earthy, innovative and progressive, his talent excels with unquestionable quality that the common man will appreciate.” – British Author Paul Davis
“I love Big Bob’s CD. You can feel the pedigree of Stick and Carlton's influence, not to mention Big Bob's wonderful southern country soul voice.” Eddie White,2RRR FM ( Sydney, Australia)
“ The guitars roar rock’n’ roll, the vocals are gruff and ‘Hard Way To Make A Dollar rips along at way beyond 100bpm.” – John Lewis, RODEO ATTITUDE
“Hard Way To Make A Dollar stands out as a true piece of Americana with an every-man feel. Big Bob writes songs about real life with his distinctive bit of wit attached.
– Stick Davis, producer & musician (Amazing Rhythm Aces, Burrito Deluxe)
“Big Bob's ability to write songs with such great melodies made this project so much fun to work on. Good tunes are hard to find these days, and Bob's soulful delivery makes them unforgettable.”-Carlton Moody, producer & musician (Burrito Deluxe, Moody Brothers)
"Big Bob’s songs are heartfelt and honest, covering so many different styles that you can't help but be entertained by this album."
- Michael Webb, producer & musician (Allison Moorer, Chris Knight)
“Big Bob Young’s songs are not hip, artsy or ironic. His meat-and-potatoes American roots music comes from the heart, is delivered with confidence and soul, and will stick with you long after the so-called “next big thing” has faded from memory.”
- Jeff Walter, songwriter/ publisher (Jack and Jenny Music)
“Green County Stomp” is a quirky fun track which is already finding favor with DJs across the world. Country music needs characters like Big Bob!
-Stuart Cameron, Radio Borders / UP COUNTRY MAGAZINE( U.K.)
NASHVILLE CITY PAPER reviews Big Bob Young
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Friday, March 6, 2009 12:00 am Spin Factor By: Reviews by Ron Wynn Big Bob Young Hard Way...
Friday, March 6, 2009 12:00 am
Spin Factor By: Reviews by Ron Wynn
Big Bob Young
Hard Way to Make a Dollar
Big Bob Young musically operated right in the middle ground where country meets the blues, and his new CD perfectly mixes and matches the two.
Some of that’s due to the A-list lineup of players on this session, whose collective associations include Gary Allan (keyboardist/accordion player Michael Webb), Poco (drummer Rick Lonow), Burrito Deluxe (acoustic guitarist/mandolinist Carlton Moody) and Amazing Rhythm Aces (bassist Jeff “Stick” Davis).
But it’s Young’s tough, engaging vocals on such numbers as “Ship of Fools,” “Somewhere Tonight,” “Best of a Bad Situation” and “Stand Up” that reflect his diverse and distinguished (23 years of military service) background — one that gives his narratives and vocals an authenticity and stature that can’t be faked or acquired.
These aren’t trendy or disposable numbers, but slice-of-life portraits and musings from someone whose own experiences are every bit as compelling as those he sings about in Hard Way to Make a Dollar.
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Big Bob Young : Hard Way To Make A Dollar BIG BOB YOUNG : HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR: (MY CD ...
Big Bob Young : Hard Way To Make A Dollar
BIG BOB YOUNG : HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR: (MY CD PICK OF THE WEEK)
About 18 months ago, I was privileged to receive a new album from an artist I had - to my shame - never heard of.
When I heard it, it sent shivers down my spine. It was proof that Country music does still exist and today I count the guy who wrote and recorded it, Homer Joy, as a close friend who I've actually known my entire life.
His album "Someday It'll Be Country" was the antidote to the pop trash Nashville is forced to push out by the accountants and lawyers who chase greenbacks from their high rise offices in Manhatten and LA
When I put "Hard Way To Make A Dollar" in the player - I got the same chills running down my spine. This is real Country music, and while Big Bob Young may not have written a huge worldwide hit (Joy wrote "Streets Of Bakersfield") he comes from the same line of true Country artists .... he's a guy who writes and sings from the heart about things you and I face every day!
The truth of that is on the album liner notes. Every song has a single paragraph to explain why it came about. BRILLIANT!
Best track on the album is undoubtedly "Bury Me In Dixie".
It has one ingredient which NO songwriter can fake: REAL EMOTIONS! And Young has the skill to sing it so you KNOW he feels it!
Young's father told him that "if" he died, he didn't want to be buried up north in Chicago where he'd moved to find work, but back in his native Arkansas. He said: "Take me south where I can hear the Mockingbirds".
And that's the basis of the song. I can tell you that this tough-looking cowboy with a voice made of gravel and rock and roll rhythm pulsing in his veins has a heart and he misses his Daddy, big time! BOB, I know that feeling, and this one made me cry!!
One of the finest songs on the album has to be "Somewhere Tonight" - a song about men who spwend hours and days worrying about whether their girl's all right.
I can't pretend to have been there, my child is a lovely little boy. BUT Big Bob Young DOES - he has two daughters: his lyrics make his feelings plain, his vocals make the emotion plain. Simply a superb song!
As a lyric writer, Young has few peers. "I Call It Love" is close to free verse - a series of thoughts and definitions put to music. The simple arrangement allows Young to show his vocal skills.
Way back when I was a young reporter, there was a local band called the East Side Torpedoes. They were brilliant and this song reminds me of them at their very best. Wonder where they are now.
"Green Country Stomp" is - I fear - mis-titled on the album. For the lyrics are about the "Green County Stomp" a kind of dance they do in the south of Mississippi. The dance is a bug dance in Tennessee, a clog dance in Carolina, and the song is perfect for doing just that!!
Young shows he can turn an old style Western swing song too. "Can I Take You Home" is a thought that millions of men think many times in their lives, but few ever have the nerve to say!
"Best Of a Bad Situation" is a late-home-broken-marriage song whose lyrics read like a tragedy but whose music pumps along like an express train whole "Mississippi Nights" is a wonderfully slow love song that meanders powerfully - just like the river.
That annoying little gizmo that pops up when you play an album and tries to name the tracks automatically insists that the opening track on the album is called "Ship Of Tools". That SHOULD be "Fools", of course.
This is a bluesy feel with that organ swirling around behind Bob's big bold vocals.
"Hard Way To Make a Dollar" is the album's lead off single, about a waitress called Marie from Heber Springs, Arkansas. When Young saw her struggling to cope with rowdy customers just to make a few dollars, he went all gooey inside and wrote a fine song to tell the tale.
Throughout the album there's a sense of something special to come. Musically, "Stand Up" - the closing song - is far from the best track on the album, but it's the one song here that Young uses to say where he stands on "such matters".
For "such matters" read religion, and it comes as no surprise at all to find out his views!
A superb album which lovers of real Country music MUST buy!!!
I was delighted to discover that the guy pumping bass across the album is one Jeff "Stick" Davis. Now, I DIDN'T KNOW this but Stick is a long time friend of Bob's. He was also part of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. And that's a band I'd totally forgotten about, that I recall loving and have decided I must hunt out again.
Hard Way ranked 20th by American Music Radio Belgium
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American Music 2008 Top 100... plus* compiled November 20 , 2008 out of more than 900 albums ...American Music
2008 Top 100... plus*
compiled November 20 , 2008 out of more than 900 albums
* includes some 2007 late arrivals
feel free to use this for publicity
18. Sierra Hull
19. Big Daddy Weave
What life would be like
20. Big Bob Young
Hard way to make a dollar
21. Trisha Yearwood
Heaven, heartache and the power of love
Review Big Bob Young FATEA Magazine
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Reviews Artist:Big Bob Young Album:Hard Way to Make a Dollar Tracks:10 Label:Man around the...
Artist:Big Bob Young
Album:Hard Way to Make a Dollar
Label:Man around the House Records
I have to admit that knowing nothing about this artist I had no idea what to expect; compounded by initial confusion at a male name with a female image on the cover! However, Big Bob Young is indeed a new male artist who hails from TULLAHOMA, Tennessee. Real name Robert L Young, age 53) He has had a life that be the basis of a song - A married father and high school dropout at 17, he has been an airman, soldier, mechanic, collegian, jazzman, country bandleader, farrier, telegram singer and clown. He has twice married and divorced and lost a wife to cancer. Young served his country for 23 years in the Air Force and Army National Guard, including a 13-month stint (April '03-May '04) in Iraq for which he was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. I guess he found his way to music via a somewhat unusual path, though you can tell as he sings that he has seen a lot of life. Hard Way to Make a Dollar is his debut CD on which he began work in 2008 upon retiring from the military. He contacted a longtime friend - bassist Jeff "Stick" Davis (Amazing Rhythm Aces/Burrito Deluxe)and together they tracked down other talented musicians for the project, including: Michael Webb (Gary Allan/Allison Moorer) on piano, organ and accordion; Rick Lonow (Poco/Burrito Deluxe) on drums; Carlton Moody (Burrito Deluxe/Moody Brothers) on acoustic guitar and mandolin, and bluesman Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn/The Band) on electric guitar, slide guitar and Dobro. The album was recorded and mixed in Nashville, with Davis, Webb and Moody also taking on roles in production. It is clear from the opening track that Big Bob's vocals and the musicianship of these talented men was a match that would be hard to rival.
Presented in the increasingly popular digipak format, the CD includes a booklet with all of the song lyrics - a sure fire way to curry my favour - but then, even more impressively, under each song title, is a statement as to the song's origins. There is always something special in hearing a song and knowing from where it is derived.
Immediately obvious from first playing the CD is the face that this is a man who writes and sings real traditional style country music; the kind we don't hear a lot of these days. The song's title track, Hard Way to Make a Dollar, was inspired by a waitress named Marie in a town called Heber Springs, Arkansas, who he tells us in his notes, 'gave as good as she got' From rowdy customers.
Young's father told him that if he died, he wanted to be buried not in Chicago where he had been working but back in his native Arkansas; "Take me south where I can hear the Mockingbirds". This remark inspired the beautiful song Bury me in Dixie, an old style country song with piano and without a doubt the most moving on the album.
Mississippi Nights brings the pace down with a slow moving song with Southern undertones whilst I Call it Love is the closest we get to a ballad. Ship of Fools is a stunning song, with a country blues sound, using slide guitar and dobro to good effect.
Another fine addition to the album is Somewhere Tonight- inspired by his worry for his four children - two of whom were daughters. He states that whilst the events in the song never happened he often wondered what if they had? The song is basically about how in such situations prayer is often the only thing there is.
Other impressive songs include Green Country Stomp, Can I take you Home and Best of a bad Situation. Prevalent throughout the whole album are the stand out, gravelly vocals of Bob, which bring to mind several old timers, or current singers such as Tom Russell, and in all of these instances the gravelly sound adds an extra dimension to the vocals.
In short, it may have taken Big Bob Young a while to find his way to music and to creating this debut album but I am confident that once you have heard it you will be glad he did. Having looked on his MySpace page and found tracks such as The Letter, Mr Moon and If We'd Had Paris I am confident that his next album will be equally as good!
EuroAmericana Album Chart
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Euro Americana Chart The Euro Americana Chart is compiled by DJs, journalists, retailers, promotor...Euro Americana Chart
The Euro Americana Chart is compiled by DJs, journalists, retailers, promotors and other people who are interested in Americana music from all over Europe. Every month they send in their favourite CD top 6. These are the ingredients for the chart.
Here is the Euro Americana Chart of December 2008 :
Grampa Drove a Picketline
The last Country Album
Big Bob Young
Hard Way to Make a Dollar
Love Won Out
Bronx Flash Music
Hundred Year Flood
Nature of the Blues
Brian Ahern reviews Big Bob Young
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COUNTRY ROUTES In The Wings. ON THE BLOCK. Brian Ahern. Towards the end of last year Big Bob You...COUNTRY ROUTES
In The Wings.
ON THE BLOCK.
Towards the end of last year Big Bob Young contacted Country Routes website via the Guestbook to enquire if the publication had listened to his Hotdisc release single taken from his album “Hard Way To Earn A Dollar”. Our editor Irene replied with an encouraging “We loved it”.
Inspired by Bob’s initiative to self promote his wares to a British publication via the internet and having received a promotional copy from American publicist Martha Moore via her publicity house “So much MOORE media” based in Nashville. I thought that the start of a brand new year would be a good time to bring to you a new names “Waiting in the wings” for country music stardom.
Big Bob Young aint no new hat kid bidding for fame and fortune from a pop orientated modern country music scene that is only kind to those who can sell records and downloads super fast.....thus generating fast cat profits...and dare I say short term fame for the young charmers.
In fact Bob is in this 50s and has spent most of his adult life serving his country. He has served in Iraq and won a Bronze Star for bravery in combat before settling down in small town Tullahoma Tennessee. A time served vet is always held in high esteem in America and Big Bob certainly served his country well for over 23 years. He is now showing the same determination to serve his music and songwriting skills with his debut album “Hard Way To Earn A Dollar”. To 10 self penned songs based on life’s experience and blue collar upbringing.
Big Bob is one of 8 children to a St Louis family who grew up singing gospel harmonies and playing guitar. He also learned to play bass and drums. He started song writing in his teens. He caught the entertaining bug while in the air force and entering a talent comp in Little Rock Arkansas. Bob tells that he was 27 before he made his first dollar from music by playing in an officer’s club. In the mid eighties he was a bandleader for a country artist in Arkansas. He also earned a degree in recording industry management from The Middle Tennessee State University.
Along the way Bob was a high school dropout at 17. He has been married and divorced twice and lost a wife to cancer. He has been an airman, soldier, mechanic, collegian, jazzman, country bandleader, farrier, telegram singer, and clown. He has 4 grown children and a fiancé Vicki.
Pretty good credentials for a country singer songwriter with a lived in voice and a heap of life’s blue collar experience to write about and bring to the likes of you and me, the fans.
Big Bobs album backing band are hot too. Bassist Sticks Davis(Amazing Rhythm Aces).Piano Organ and Accordion Michael Webb (Garry Allen). Drums Rick Lonow (Poco). Acoustic guitar and mandolin Carlton Moody (Burrito Deluxe) Electric and Slide guitar Dobro. Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn. Produced by Davis Moody and Webb.
Of the album “Ship Of Fools” is splendid and reflective blues. “Best Of A Bad Situation” is a fun musician’s anthem. “Somewhere Tonight” Kicks hard especially for me the father of 3 girls. “Hard Way To Make A Dollar “is the story of a hard working waitress. Also kick in with me the grandfather of a female bar worker in the gay village. “Bury Me In Dixie” must be every country persons wish. “Mississippi Nights”. A gentle reflection. “Green Country Stomp” Come on you dancers grab a slice of this stomper. “I Call It Love” Makes the world go around for sure.” Can I Take You Home” Boy Girl, Girl Boy. Life. Love. “Stand Up” Inspirational.
A smashing country album taken from blue collar lived in life and sung with conviction and passion in proof that real country music is still with us if we look, learn and listen from the heart and not the chart.
Review Big Bob Young Country Stars Online
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Big Bob Young - Hard Way To Make A Dollar Review By: George Peden, CSO Staff Journalist 12/20/...
Big Bob Young - Hard Way To Make A Dollar
Review By: George Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
“There’s an ocean filled with tears,
It’s been building down through the years
And on this sea of broken hearts
Where there are no rules
I’m the captain of a ship of fools…”
The soundtrack to Big Bob Young’s life plays out like a well-lived song on a well-kicked corner jukebox. As revealed in his liner notes, the journey comes complete with lowlights and high times, and they all tell, in honest and open terms, a guy steadily and purposefully on track. With career stints as a mechanic, bandleader, telegram singer and clown, along with a 23 year service record of Air Force, Army and National Guard, which includes a tour of Iraq, this twice divorced father of four has finally made his way to the recording studio.
Hard Way To Make A Dollar is a 10-track joyous debut of fulfilled ambition. It’s where determination and talent meet at the fork. Produced by Jeff ”Stick” Davis, Carlton Moody and Michael Webb – all resected for their many and varied musical indulgences – the album with Young’s self-penned offerings is, well, simply, a keeper.
There’s the voice. It’s lived-in. It’s not unlike, on some tunes, Lee Hazlewood. There’s a soft growl. There’s a biting grit. There is a melody, a vocal richness, something not taught at music school, rather lived out in the streets, the bars, and lived out in situations and circumstances of the examined life.
Big Bob (Robert L. Young on his birth certificate) has a voice made for the ache, pain and passion of his music. And when that phase is complete, there’s the thighslappin’ ode to good times “Green County Stomp,” showing laughter and fun as a needed backdrop to tears. More of the same plays out on the band-bounced “Best Of A Bad Situation”. In a liner revelation Big Bob shares: “Having played clubs for several years, slipping home at night was a common occurrence. I never found a note pinned to my guitar. But I have been married three times.”
On a goodly mixed album of country, blues and Americana, the big guy delivers his best work on the ballads.
When Big Bob unloads the emotion, the feared concerns, the deep rooted longing of a father, “Somewhere Tonight” takes on universal understandings.
“Somewhere tonight a good girl made a bad choice
Now she feels dirty inside
She believed that boy when he said he loved her
Now she knows he lied
Broken hearted, decides to take her own life
Feelin’ there’s no other way
But somewhere tonight
A daddy thinks about his little girl
And with his face in his hands begins to pray…”
Other standout cuts include the evocative “Mississippi Nights,” and the timeless need for love – no matter how long it lasts – “I Call It Love”.
On an album made memorable with thoughtful lyrics and a strong, emotive and tough voice, let’s not forget the band. The all star line-up boasts Jeff ”Stick" Davis on bass; Michael Webb on piano, organ and accordion; Rick Lonow on drums; Carlton Moody on acoustic guitar and mandolin, and Colin Linden on electric guitar, slide and Dobro, with Dennis Taylor on saxophone and Rusty Russell on trumpet.
The album is available on A Man Around the House Records.
Matt Bjorke reviews Big Bob Young
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January 19, 2009 Big Bob Young - "Hard Way To Make A Dollar" By: Matt Bjorke Falling under the ... January 19, 2009
Big Bob Young - "Hard Way To Make A Dollar"
By: Matt Bjorke
Falling under the 'big tent' side of the Country music equation comes Big Bob Young and his blues-laced debut album "Hard Way To Make A Dollar." A member of various parts of the US Armed Forces for 23 years, Big Bob Young certainly his lived a lot of life that serves him well as he constructs his stories present on the disc. "Ship Of Fools" has a deep blues-rock undercurrent to it that's actually not far from what has helped make Jimmy Buffet a long-time favorite (when he's not singing party songs). Vocally Big Bob Young also resembles Buffett's weary, aged voice. "Best Of A Bad Situation" finds Big Bob singing about the hard-to-ignore fact of a musician's strange life. Fans of 90s country shuffles should give this barely two minute song a spin.
While I don't think anyone could claim that Big Bob Young was gifted with the best voice, he does use it well on ballads like "Somewhere Tonight," where his sharp songwriting finds the fifty-something describing bad choices young children make while the parents simultaneously pray for those children to make it through their choices. "Bury Me In Dixie" has a sound and lyric that's indebted to the styling of Alabama while "I Call It Love" is a Hammond-filled ballad from a hopeless romantic that would be a great song for someone like Craig Morgan or Kenny Rogers to record.
The title track is a horn-filled, partyin' ode to those women who work very hard in the bars and honky tonks so the rest of us can enjoy our time away from our lives. The musicianship explodes here and it's also present on the honky Tonkin' track "Can I Take You Home." Sure, Big Bob Young's not gonna sell a million copies of "Hard Way To Make A Dollar" but that doesn't mean that the album isn't worth hearing either. In fact, "Hard Way To Make A Dollar" is a fine album that showcases the kind of great talent that comes in all shapes, sizes and ages in our great country.
My original music is Americana and varies from blues and rock-a-billy. When performing as a cover band we can play Country, Blues, or Classic Rock. Usually it ends up being a mixture. Normally we perform an hour set first with a 15 minute break then 45 minute sets there after. That's really up to whoever hires us. The band name is, "Built On Blues". I like to perform cover songs that have passed the test of time and can be enjoyed by any audience regardless of their personal favorites. A typical set might be:
SHIP OF FOOLS
SLEEPING IN THE LION'S DEN
SHARP DRESSED MAN
BLACK CAT BONE
PRIDE AND JOY
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
THE THRILL IS GONE
BLUE JEAN BLUES
HARD WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR
STIR IT UP
THE SKY IS CRYIN'
GUITARS AND CADILLACS
SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG
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