HPPR Living Room Concert: Bob Livingston—LIVE IN AMARILLO

Jul 9, 2018

Bob Livingston's new album, Up the Flatland Stairs, is available now!

Bob is back, folks! This High Plains singer-songwriter has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life, even though he's spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful music legends in Texas. Bob Livingston's new album, Up the Flatland Stairs, has him traveling across the US -- and HPPR Living Room Concerts is pleased to announce he'll be playing for fans on the High Plains!

Bob Livingston — LIVE IN AMARILLO

Friday, August 10th

Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley)

Doors @ 7p / Show @ 7:30p

Suggested donation: $15

***Make life easy! Please bring cash.

RSVP here, or call 806.367.9088 to reserve your seat.

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Want to learn more about Bob? Visit his website -- or go deep and read his Wikipedia page!

Check out the new album! Click to hear Bob's new track, "Can’t Get Enough of It." And here's a great clip of Bob playing live at Folk Alliance International in 2010, singing "Middle Ages Rockabilly Blues."

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As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the designation of 'Live Music Capital of the World'. Achieving recognition in their own right, the Gonzo’s self-titled debut record was named by Rolling Stone, "one of the best albums ever to come out of Austin."

Livingston has seen a lot of the world since growing up in musically-fertile West Texas. Hailing originally from Lubbock, his interests were more 'Cosmic' than 'Cowboy' and have prompted him to delve into the music and mysteries of many cultures. Traveling since the 80’s as a Music Ambassador for the US State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, demonstrating again and again the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world. As Livingston says, “When all else fails, music prevails.” This philosophy earned him the honor of being appointed, 'Austin’s International Music Ambassador', in 2010 by the Austin City Council. This world-traveled view was reflected in his album, Mahatma Gandhi and Sitting Bull, released in 2004 and named by the Austin American Statesman as one of the year’s Top 10 CDs. With his Texas Music Awards winner follow-up, Gypsy Alibi, Livingston presents a mixed bag of folk-rock, Americana, country and rock-a-billy with an epic or two thrown in. Co-produced by Livingston and Lloyd Maines, Gypsy Alibi, has something for radio stations of all genres.

His new album, Up the Flatland Stairs, was just released, so he’s touring heavily and passing through the High Plains. It features a handful of delightful, new tracks that seem almost tailor-made for our HPPR audience.

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Here’s what Peter Blackstock of Austin360.com had to say about the new album:

Bob Livingston, Up The Flatland Stairs: Livingston’s place in Austin’s left-of-center country history looms large, so much so that he was an obvious choice as emcee of the SIMS Foundation’s recent cosmic-cowboy-themed benefit gala. A key figure in the early-1970s bands of Michael Martin Murphey and Jerry Jeff Walker, Livingston makes a nod to the latter on this album’s opening track, “Shell Game,” a Walker composition from those halcyon days. Livingston also gives props to other fellow travelers, covering the title track to David Halley’s recent disc “A Month of Somedays” and the late Walter Hyatt’s “The Early Days” which fittingly features fiddler Warren Hood (son of Hyatt’s longtime bandmate Champ Hood). But the real story here is Livingston’s own material, 13 tracks (plus “Public Domain,” a co-write with Gary P. Nunn) that affirm his talent extends well beyond the supporting roles for which he’s long been known. Of particular note is “That’s the Way Things Go” (written with Laurie Turner), an instantly memorable country-folk-pop number that features backing vocals by Eliza Gilkyson. Other contributors include multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Don Richmond, vocalist Kelley Mickwee, guitarist Bradley Kopp, drummer John Michel and pianist Jimmy Stadler.