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Kindred Folk Society Music Series

Bare Jr. follows in his legendary father’s footsteps with his music

The Nashville, Tenn., musician to showcase
his ‘indie’ sound

Kindred Folk Society Music Series Lineup

•  Jan. 25: Bobby Bare Jr.
•  Feb. 22: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper  •  March 14: Joan Shelley
• All shows at 8 p.m. at Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St., Madison, Ind. Tickets online at www.EventBrite.com

(January 2020) – If the name Bobby Bare sounds familiar to you country western fans, he should because in 2013 he was inducted into the Country Western Hall of Fame. But before you get your hopes up, Bobby Bare is not going to perform at the Red Bicycle Hall in Madison, Ind. But his namesake is.
On Jan. 25, Bobby Bare Jr. will be bringing his unique sound to the Red Bicycle Hall. The concert is part of the Kindred Folk Music Series, which is presented by the nonprofit Kindred Folk Society. It is formerly the Ohio River Valley Folk Society but last year changed its name. The society’s goal is to bring quality musical talent to Madison at least six times each year, according to Jack Wilhelm, a society board member.
Describing Bare’s genre is quite a chore. Wilhelm, who was instrumental in bringing Bare to Madison, describes it as “Indie Rock.” According to Wikipedia, that term developed in the 1970s and could include punk rock, post-punk, college rock and alternative rock.
After listening to Bare Jr.’s selections on Youtube (the answer to all things), it becomes evident that while Bare’s definitive genre is hard to establish, lively entertainment is almost a certainty. Bare writes and performs his own music and is accompanied by a variety of talented Nashville, Tenn., musicians.
In 2015, a film was produced and distributed about Bare titled “Don’t Follow Me (I’m lost).” That title itself tells you something about Bare’s humor, which is prevalent throughout his music. The film is a documentary about his touring career throughout the country while remaining a family man back in his hometown of Nashville. After previewing the film, Glide Magazine wrote, “What makes Bobby Bare Jr. so special…is his ability to cross all lines and maintain a cohesive sound that, most importantly, sounds like him and him alone.”

Bobby Bare Jr. writes and performs his own music and is often accompanied by talented Nashville musicians.


“I have seen Bare perform six or seven times over the years, including in concerts in New Orleans and Louisville,” said Wilhelm. “When we had a chance to get him to come here, I knew I would have to try my best to get that accomplished.”
According to Wilhelm, “Bare has been on the Conan O’Brien TV show and National Public Radio programs. While his music was influenced by his boyhood neighbors, country western stars Tammy Wynette, George Jones and his father, his style is all his own.”
Wilhelm is a Louisville native who came to Madison 12 years ago to work as an accountant for King’s Daughters’ Hospital in the downtown business office. He first volunteered for RiverRoots Music Series and then the RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival, which ended its 14-year run last June.
“Since RiverRoots is now gone, Kindred board members felt like they needed to step up their music offering, and Bobby Blare Jr. helps us do that,” says Wilhelm.
Another Kindred Folk Music Series member who also helps with booking acts is Tony Novello. He grew up in the Boston area and has been living in Madison for 22 years. Novello, who is in sales, has been a long-time force in the community for bringing good music to the city. He also was involved in the Folk Festival before it became RiverRoots. He has helped bring in groups to different venues throughout the city but always thought there was something missing – a good permanent location.
Six years ago Novello discovered an empty building on Main Street, and with the help of other investors, bought the building, and the Red Bicycle was born. “Over the years we have constantly worked to improve our facilities and continue to do so,” Novello said. 
Carol Ann and Buck Rogers who are also part of the investor group, generally take care of the non-music events (parties, weddings, etc,).
“Remodeling has been one big team effort,” says Carol Ann. “When we are doing a big project, we put out a call, and everyone who can, comes down to help out.” As for the name, Rogers says, “When the building originally housed an antique shop, it had a metal big front wheel bike attached on its outside, which we eventually painted red.”
All of the Kindred Folk Music Series shows are at the Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St., Madison, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.EventBrite.com

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