Bobby Bare Jr.
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Bobby Bare Jr. scored his first Grammy-nominated hit at age 6, assisting his father on the Nashville lifer’s rendition of Shel Silverstein’s “Daddy What If.” Thirteen years after Silverstein’s death, the poet and songwriter continues to have an indelible mark on Bare Jr.’s career, most evident from the now-grown singer-songwriter’s co-production credit on recent Silverstein tribute Twistable, Turnable Man. Getting Frank Black and Joey Santiago together on “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” is one thing, but on Bare Jr.’s “Sad Smile”—the first single off his 2010 self-released effort, A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head—he distills his former collaborator’s prankster spirit and sly wordplay into three minutes of breezy, bar-band chooglin’. He performs here after a screening of an unfinished biographical documentary about him, Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost).