Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers
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Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"Boy Most Likely To..."

A turn of phrase to rank with Nick Lowe's, and an
instinct for hook and melody mean you're thinking
of the Byrd's with a country edge to boot.

The Boy Most Likely Too... is a testimony to the
enduring power of finely crafted songs played
well . It deserves a wide hearing and appreciation.
- Bucktful Of Brains


"Boy Most Likely To..."

On The Boy Most Likely Too..., Bob Collum masterfully combines
melodicism and rootsy twang.The result is as honest and
refreshing a record as has come down the dusty two laned
highway this year. With TBMLT, Collum has crafted roots pop
perfection. - Amplifier


"Boy Most Likely To..."

Anyone who wants to hear what Top 40 sounds like in a perfect world should pick up The Boy Most Likely Too...
and turn it up!
- Being There


"Boy Most Likely To..."

The Tulsa to Tulse Hill Troubadour, backed by England's Welfare Mothers, serves up the very definition of Americana UK... Where previous Bob Collum releases, particularly 2000's 'Low Rent Romeo' lent quite heavily on what we here in the UK would term an overt country sound, his third record, 'The Boy Most Likely To…' have the bells & belles of Collum's natural and adopted homes ringing loud, proud & true.


In the studio he sequestered the services of producer, Pat Collier and his trusty road band, The Welfare Mothers; Dan Wilkinson on bass/ vocal assistance & Paul Quarry on drums - although, it has been said in whispers that on a bad night it can be the other way around! As with all the best rhythm sections, their skill lies in knowing when not to play as well as when to step out of the shadows & take a bow, as on a blistering take on Gram Parsons classic Byrds contribution, 'One Hundred Years'. As previously touched on, there is a distinct British inclination to these tracks. Openers 'Merry Go Round' & 'A Little Less Soul' hold an intoxicating Mersey Beat sound, which crosses the broad Atlantic on 'Less Than Predictable' to combine the British Invasion with a Tom Petty (circa 'Damn the Torpedoes') feel.


The key composition on this record is 'Victim that you Need'. It best encapsulates Collum's ethos on song writing within the pop/ rock genre; the discipline of disguise. Set to a swirling Hammond figure & rolling chord sequence, an unbelievably sad lyric… ' Gonna steal the air you breath & the shadows that you leave…. and if we don't agree, I'll be the victim that you need'… is dressed up like its something to be proud of. A tale of sad, pathetic loneliness, a man willing to sacrifice even his dignity & self respect to be loved. This subject matter has not been dealt with so well since Ryan Adams 'Come Pick Me Up' and to feel so good about someone's misery almost brings on toe- tapping shame & misery… a musical schadenfreude, if you will. For the recorded versions of these songs, Collum & his band have replaced some of the visceral edge of the live performances for a more textured, crisp production which I have to say was probably a shrewd move.


Aside from the obvious incentive of possible air- play, the limitations of a trio would have been all to apparent had they gone for the 'live in your head' feel, with no overdubs. 'The Boy Most Likely To…' rather than misstate the Collum live show, offers a counterpoint. A chance to really settle down with the songs & get to know them. This is turn will make the next time you see them all the more rewarding. Highlighting the up- lifting arrangements & lid lifting lyrics that have almost become his trademark. Also available 'More Tragic Songs of Life'(1997), 'Low Rent Romeo'(2000). www.bobcollumonline.com PG - Americana UK


Discography

The Ungrateful Depression - EP 2012
The New Old Thing - EP 2011
Twisted Rhymes & Mixed Up Lines - EP 2009
Set The Stupid Free - CD 2007
The Boy Most Likely To… - CD 2004
Low Rent Romeo - CD 2001
More Tragic Songs Of Life - CD 1997

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Oklahoma-born and now Essex-based, songwriter Bob Collum introduces his latest release, a five track EP showcasing his own brand of Anglicised Americana and powerpop; a healthy does of pedal- steel and of course Bob’s own Midwestern twang make the case for the West side of the pond, while his adroit and insightful lyricism, inspired by his heroes Lowe, Costello and Davies, makes the case for the East.

The Ungrateful Depression, recorded by legendary producer and former Vibrator Pat Collier, find Bob and his band – Allan Kelly (pedal-steel); Gareth Davies (bass); Paul Quarry (drums) – shaping up nicely alongside guests such as Martin Belmont, ex-Soft Boy Morris Windsor and Country Dirt star, Marianne Hyatt.

In the decade and more since Bob arrived in the UK, he’s come up with a series of memorable albums: the solo releases More Tragic Songs Of Life and Low Rent Romeo, plus two with his band The Welfare Mothers: The Boy Most Likely To and Set The Stupid Free, and latterly the Twisted Lines & Mixed Up Rhythms and The New Old Thing EPs. He’s also shared stages with an equally memorable cast list of the great and the good of American music, including Dave Alvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Greg Trooper, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earle Keen, Robbie Fulks and many more.

Bob and the band are constantly touring the UK but he’s happy to make
Places That Bob has Played

South By Southwest Festival - Austin TX, Cambridge Folk Festival - Cambridge UK, Beyond Nashville Festival - London, UK , The Cavern - Liverpool, UK , 12 Bar Club, London, UK Schuba’s - Chicago IL, Fitzgerald’s - Chicago IL, Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK, The Blue Door -Oklahoma City, OK