Bobby Bare Jr. is simply one of the very few “child of” artists—an extremely tiny cadre featuring Rufus Wainwright and Bare’s ace boon, Patterson Hood—who makes consistently intriguing music fit to catapult them beyond the shadow of their famous parentage (and, in some cases, supersede it). Bare the Younger has been reminding folks far and wide that rock also lives within spitting distance of Tennessee’s Music Row since his heavy band recorded for Sony in the late ’90s. Yet the roll of highly personal and eclectic music he’s been dropping with folks—including purloined members of Lambchop—since Young Criminals’ Starvation League has truly made Bare great. Live, his band is always bompin’ too, and he’s easy enough to give shine to his two most important mentors: Daddy and the late Shel Silverstein. Roll with him, by all means.
Sun., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., 2008