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The Longest Meow

From dynamic atmospherics and psychedelic melancholy to pulsing T. Rex glam boogie and down and dirty southern ROCK, BBJ and host of guests deliver.

Full Description

11 songs in 11 hours. That's what happened on March 26th, 2006. After wood-shedding for weeks with some of the most innovative musicians from a vibrant southeastern talent pool, Bobby and friends knocked out The Longest Meow in one arduous session that he calls "the most fun I have ever had with music in one day."

Joining Bobby at 12:32 pm that day in Nashville was a core band of guitarist Carl Broemel, drummer Patrick Hallahan (both of My Morning Jacket), and Mike Grimes on bass. Add to this contributions from Carey Kotsionis, Doni Schroader (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead), Corey Younts (Justin Townes Earle), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Deanna Varagona (Lambchop), Ben Martin (Clem Snide) and producer Brad Jones. Add it all up and you've got a band of 11 that recorded 11 gelastic tracks in one 11-hour day.

At 10:47, they went home.

Disarmingly charming, foolishly romantic and unapologetically thunderous when needed, The Longest Meow lays bare (sorry about that) Bobby's willingness to do anything to get the girl, even if we all know it'll somehow end badly. From dynamic atmospherics and psychedelic melancholy to pulsing T. Rex glam boogie and down and dirty southern ROCK, Bobby fearlessly wears his heart on his stained and sweaty shirtsleeve. Check out how he'll even go all coffeehouse on a Pixies cover ("Where Is My Mind?") if he thinks it'll do the trick! (He did, after all, name check Black Francis in the song "Dig Down" on his debut Bloodshot CD and appeared on Frank Black's 2005 release, Honeycomb.)

Short Description
  • I got lucky enough to be invited up to the recording session for this record. There is only one Bobby Bare Jr.—and this is him at his finest.

    — Jim James, My Morning Jacket
  • On winking tearjerker 'Demon Valley,' it's hard to tell what's sadder: the lyrics or the fact that the Replacements stopped writing songs this good when they grew up. ____

    — Spin
  • The songs that result are solid rock, but their grand arrangements and Silverstein-like wit belie a certain sadness hidden amidst the craftmanship.

    — Fader
  • From lushly orchestrated ballads to feedback-drenched psychedelic throwdowns, there's a richness running through each song.

    — Esquire
  • A cathartic thrill ride.

    — Mother Jones
  • Let's drop the labels and let Bare's enthusiasm and talent reign as what is most true: This album is a feast for those who enjoy great music.

    — The Epoch Times
  • The Longest Meow is an unexpected masterpiece from Nashville's best kept secret.

    — Porfolio Weekly
  • Bare has no interest in genre prisons and The Longest Meow set about redefining both expectations and what it means to be an independent artist in the 21st century...[it] certainly in contention to be one of the greatest albums of the year.

    — liveDaily
  • It makes for a great backstory, but wouldn't matter much if Meow weren't such a seriously fine album.

    — Harp

Track List

  • 1. Bionic Beginning
  • 2. The Heart Bionic
  • 3. Gun Show
  • 4. Back to Blue
  • 5. Sticky Chemical
  • 6. Uh Wuh Oh
  • 7. Demon Valley
  • 8. Mayonaise Brain
  • 9. Snuggling World Championships
  • 10. Borrow Your Cape
  • 11. Where Is My Mind
  • 12. Stop Crying


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