Bob Livingston will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston 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 musicians in Texas. As a member of
Austinís legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such musical
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 Gonzosí 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 80ís 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, 'Austinís
International Music Ambassador', in November of 2009 by the Austin City Council.
This world-traveled view was reflected in Livingston's 2004 CD, 'Mahatma Gandhi &
Sitting Bull', released on Vireo Records and named in the Austin American-Statesman's
"Top 10 List". In 2008, Vireo released a compilation called, 'Original Spirit', that
includes 'Gandhi & Bull' in its entirety and several more surprise tracks from
Livingston's Lost Gonzo Band days. But it's his new CD, 'Gypsy Alibi', that is
defining Livingston's new musical direction. Released in 2011 on New Wilderness
Records, 'Gypsy Alibi' is co-produced by Lloyd Maines and is the winner of the
"Album of the Year" at the Texas Music Awards 2011. It has more of a
folk-rock/Americana spirit than his last outing and is enjoying steady radio airplay
around the country and abroad. Listen to "Ruby's Shoes, "Country Western Swing," and
In a side project, Livingston plays with a multi-cultural band from Texas and India
called Cowboys & Indians supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City
of Austin's Cultural Arts Division. They play in schools and theaters all over Texas.
Livingston is turning the concept into a full-fledged musical play with Houston
playright/songwriter, Bobby Bridger. The first performances are scheduled for the
summer of 2012.
In a live performance with Bob Livingston, one finds a veteran singer-songwriter
and a master storyteller who captures his audience from the first notes played.
It's an irresistible invitation to travel down the cosmic musical highways and
rutted back country roads where fate has taken him over the years.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uISBhhFGFs -Middle Ages Rockabilly Blues
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYQCHmbKLlc -Fade Away
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMbS7_mwbco -Cowboys & Indians
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!