Bobby Sweet

Bobby Sweet

 Becket, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Bobby's songs are lyrically rich real life stories. An engaging performer, his New Folk/Americana style has drawn comparisons to John Prine, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, and a countrified Bruce Springsteen. He is at home on the stage whether performing solo, trio, or with his full Band.

Biography

Bobby is a sixth-generation musician. He began performing at age 7 in his father's band, and left at 17 to pursue his widening musical interests. As a performer, Bobby has shared the bill with some of the top country and folk artists, including Vince Gill, Bill Staines, Bill Morrissey, Deana Carter, David Bromberg, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jonathan Edwards, and Sawyer Brown. As a sought-after lead guitarist he has played shows opening for George Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, The Bellamy Brothers, Waylon Jennings, and many others. Bobby toured in 2008-2009 with Arlo Guthrie's Lost World Tour, and is currently (2010-2011) on Guthrie's Journey On tour.

In 2011 Bobby released his 6th CD titled "Cowboys and Poets", and he was named a New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.

His songs have received honorable mentions from The New York Songwriter's Circle Songwriting Contest, The UK Songwriting Contest, The Billboard Songwriting Contest, and The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.

Bobby has written songs that have aired on the hit television series Nashville, CSI, NCIS, Touched By An Angel, Walker Texas Ranger, Soul Food, Judging Amy, and Brotherhood, among others. Another of his songs was featured in the Danny Devito/Bette Midler movie Drowning Mona. His instrumental and vocal work have been featured on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and a host of other independent album projects. Bobby is a former staff writer with HoriPro Entertainment Group in Nashville. When not busy writing, recording and performing his own songs, he works as a freelance producer and recording engineer lending more than 20 years of studio experience to other artists of varying styles, ranging from folk to Americana to world music.

Bobby has spent time in the Andes of Patagonia, Argentina, a pristine wilderness far from telephones and electricity, accessible only by horseback. His travel experiences also encompass sharing music with the chief of a Dogon village in Mali, West Africa, and building houses in Nicaragua with Habitat for Humanity. Back home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, Bobby lives in a small-town community where the love and lives of those around him continually provide the wellspring for new songs.

Stylistically, Bobby's music resides somewhere between John Prine, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, and a countryfied Bruce Springsteen. An engaging storyteller, he is at home on the stage, whether performing solo, with his eclectic trio, or with the full band.

Lyrics

Who Cares

Written By: Bobby Sweet

Who Cares

My guitar don’t care who plays it
I love you doesn’t care who says it
A bell does not care who is ringing
The song doesn’t care who is singing

Tears do not care who’s crying
Lies do not care who’s lying
A needle don’t care who is using
Bruises don’t care who’s bruising

I guess it’s all up to me and you
Who cares?

Candles don’t care who lights them
Wars do not care who fights them
Good fortune don’t care who shares it
Like a rag does not care who wears it

Food does not care who goes hungry
No more than Saturday cares about Sunday
The wine does not care about the wino
It’s all our job as far as I know

I guess it’s all up to me and you
Who cares? I do

All of these things live through all of us
The good and the bad the fear and the love
Makes me wonder how much better things could be
If it’s all up to you and up to me

Peace does not care who makes it
A promise doesn’t care who breaks it
Prejudice don’t care about feelings
Love does not care who it’s healing
I guess it’s all up to me and you

It’s all up to me and you
Who cares? I do

Cowboys and Poets

Written By: Bobby Sweet

Cowboys and poets do it ‘cause they know it’s
Just the way that you are born
And if they had it to do over they would rhyme and they would roam
Over the mountains singing songs about all that they learned

If life is poetry it can be so hard to read
It’s hard to get free from what lies behind you
So you keep on a ridin’ ‘cause there ain’t no use in fightin’
And hope that things rhyming by the end of the line

Chorus
Stay up in the saddle son you ain’t lost the battle
Now ain’t the time for lettin’ go
Like the poets voice it ain’t like you’ve got a choice
With cowboys and poets that the way that it goes

Time slips away like a horse you’ll never tame
It’s hard to grab the reins when there’s nothing there to hold
And the words that fell like sand from a younger poets hand
Don’t serve an older man when the weather’s turning cold

Chorus

For better or for worse life is unrehearsed
And every little verse is just a step along the way
Some old cowboy song just might carry you back home
Out where you’re free to roam ‘till the end of your days

Stay up in the saddle son you ain’t lost the battle
Now ain’t the time for lettin’ go
And raise up your voice ‘cause it ain’t like you’ve got a choice
With cowboys and poets that the way that it goes

Wings of Yesterday

Written By: Bobby Sweet

Goodbye don’t come easy
When it’s time for moving on
I guess it’s the memories
That’s what makes a house a home

Through the tears and the laughter
These four walls held our lives
Filled to the rafters
With new beginnings and goodbyes

Chorus
After all that we’ve been through
Part of me belongs to you
I am bound to fly away
On the wings of yesterday

It’s not that I’m losing
But it’s so hard to make a change
The hard part is choosing
To wave goodbye to what has been

Chorus

So I’ll hold on to the memories
And all the good times we knew
And though I am left longing
I am more because of you

Chorus

Johnson Hill

Written By: Bobby Sweet

It’s a winter day on Johnson Hill the mercury is low
Frozen trees stand perfectly still in the fallen snow
It’s a charcoal day black white and gray
The colors have all gone their way

The whistle wails cold steel on the rails in the valley down below
She’s winding down through my little town it’s a sound that says “I’m Home”
After all that has come and gone
The river and the rail roll on

Cho
Some things never change
The river and the rail and the April rain
And all those empty boxcars bustin’ at the seams
With small town dreams

My father’s father fished that stream that runs along the track
Always down there chasing rainbow dreams just to throw them back
When I find the time to throw out a line
The old man is on my mind

Cho

It’s a winter day on Johnson Hill the mercury is low

Slide Over

Written By: Bobby Sweet

Slide over sugar baby there’s gotta be room in that truck for two
Slide over sugar mama got holes from walkin’ in these here shoes

Had me a car man alive it went faster than I could drive
By the time that I learned that the car was junk and I’m left flat

Chorus

Had me a wife it didn’t work out all she’d do is fuss and pout
Had me a woman she was so slick she slipped right through my finger tips

Chorus

See me walkin’ give me a ride I’m a tired man just trying to get by
See me running better stay away but pick me up on another day

Chorus

Never knew just how hard life could be without my car
Never knew how much I’d miss a little bitty girl with a great big kiss

Chorus

Call Me Pirate

Written By: Bobby Sweet

I’m gonna build a ship I’m gonna make her to last
Cut loose the anchor and take her to sea
Gonna hoist the sail up high on my mast
The wind is coming to carry me

And from her deck I will rule the ocean
And by my lucky stars I’m gonna sail for my dreams
‘Cause every journey begins with a notion
And my big ideas are gonna carry me

Chorus
Call me crazy call me Pirate
The treasure’s waiting and I will find it
You know I’m better off to go down trying
‘Cause if I ain’t dreaming brother I am dying

Below the deck is a cargo hold
For all the riches I find on my way
I don’t want no silver no diamonds no gold
I’m sailing lighter without all that weight

Chorus

And when I’m too old to hoist the sail
And too old to brave that rough and rowdy sea
Below the deck I’ll have riches in my soul
That’ll be more than enough to carry me

Chorus

Call me crazy call me Pirate
The treasure’s waiting come on let’s find it
‘Cause you know we’re better off to go down trying
‘Cause if we ain’t dreaming you know we are dying

Call me crazy call me Pirate
The treasure’s waiting come on let’s find it
‘Cause we’re so much better off to go down trying
‘Cause if we ain’t dreaming you know we are dying

Psychology

Written By: Bobby Sweet

There must be ten thousand ways to kid yourself
I ain’t kidding Jack it’s the truth
Stick your head into the sand forget about
Every little demon that you knew

It’s all just psychology as far as I can see
Mind over matter if you don’t mind it don’t matter
You might pull the wool over everybody else
But babe you’re only fooling yourself

If lying to yourself was some kind of crime
They’d lock you up and throw away the key
But the facts of the case would be hard to find
‘Cause you just tell yourself what you wanna see

Create your own reality dis-illusional as it might be
Mind over matter if you never mind it’ll never matter
You might pull the wool over everybody’s eyes
But babe I know you’re only telling’ lies

The truth might be that no one knows you make it up as you go
Some take drugs some religion we think we’re eagles but we’re pigeons
Everybody’s right and everybody’s wrong
I just thought that it would make a real good song

What a sense of humor the Gods must have
To give us all a free will of our own
It’s like a book of matches to a can of gas
Sit back and relax and watch the show

It’s all just psychology quicksand beneath your feet
Mind over matter if you lose your mind it don’t matter
You might pull the wool over everybody’s eyes
But babe I know you’re only telling lies

Everybody’s right and everybody’s wrong
I just thought that it would make a real good song

Discography

HOPE'S CAFE- Released 1999. Received airplay on over 200 stations across Europe in 2000. (list available)

ALREADY HOME- Released 2001. Promoted by indie/Americana promoter Bill Wence to Americana radio in the US in 2001.

LOVE ON THE BORDER-Released 2003.

BOBBY SWEET LIVE AT THE GUTHRIE CENTER- Released 2005.

DAYS ROLL BY- Released late 2007.

COWBOYS AND POETS - Released June 2011.

Set List

Sets are all originals.