Rootsy guitarist to play Edgefield's Little Red Shed
by: Contributed photo Bobby Bare Jr. says he wrote bad songs till his late 20s but has gotten better with age.

It's shocking, says Bobby Bare Jr., who will play the Little Red Shed at McMenamins' Edgefield on Wednesday, June 15.

'Young people liking old music is kind of great,' he says. 'It's sometimes surprising because they're usually drawn to the thing their parents didn't listen to.'

That is far from the case for country rocker Bare, whose father, Bobby Bare, sang such country hits as '500 Miles Away From Home' and 'Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life).'

Bare actually shares a Grammy with his dad, with whom he sang at the tender age of 8 on the 1974 hit song 'What If.' You can find it online at, and Bare Jr. remembers singing it on TV as if it were yesterday.

'Yeah, I thought it was fantastic to get up and work with my dad,' he says, adding he just sang it on stage recently with his own son, Beckham, 4. However, that's all of Bare Sr.'s songs he'll do.

'My dad thinks it's really kind of gross if I went out and made a living playing his music,' he says.

Americana king

Not wanting to gross out his dad, Bare Jr. has forged his own path over the past few decades, in the process becoming a major player in the Americana-roots-rock-alternative-country world. The gregarious, rockin' performer will be playing with a full band - bass, drums, keys and guitar - at Edgefield along with opener Carey Kotsionis, his longtime backup singer and a fine vocalist herself.

In the late 1990s, Bare Jr. fronted the rock band Bare Jr., self-described as 'Nirvana-on-Skynryd-not-Sabbath groove,' and has since appeared on albums by such rockers as the Silver Jews and Frank Black.

Along the way he's lived with Justin Townes Earle, jammed with My Morning Jacket - whose members are featured on his finely crafted last album 'A Storm - A Tree - My Mother's Head' - and toured with the Black Crowes.

'Chris Robinson is the most fun,' he says of the Crowes' lead singer. 'He's the best storyteller I've possibly been around.'

Indeed, the older he gets, the more Bare himself takes on the role of storyteller on stage. He says he worshiped at the altar of Steve Martin and Cheech and Chong back in the 1970s, and claims to spend 80 percent of his time making an audience chuckle.

'I don't know why I've turned into a standup comic,' he says. 'But I have.'

If you go

WHO: Bobby Bare Jr., Carey Kotsionis

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 15

WHERE: Little Red Shed, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale

COST: Free, all ages

INFO: 503-669-8610,

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