Featured Expo-ite—Bob Rea

Bob Rea (pronounced Ray) can tell you some stories about The Expo. You see Bob has been coming to it longer than almost everyone. Bob even went to the Expo's predecessor produced by Diane Bowker, Durango Songwriters Rendezvous. This was back in the nineties!

Yes, Bob Rea can tell you some stories about the Expo. In a light moment he might tell you about some of his hilarious co-writes or even a scary late-nite ride from the Santa Barbara airport—headin' back to the Expo for the umpteenth time. When Bob Rea tells stories they are rich in humor and full of memorable characters.

Bob is a true story-teller. He's a fine guitar picker as well. Put the two together and you have the ingredients to make an album as well rendered as Bob's recently released (2011) Ragged Choir.

Ragged Choir

Like reading a good book, one is left pensive and satisfied after listening to this album, and soon compelled to play it again. From the opening track "Stand Up" to the closing "I Will," Ragged Choir delivers its tale of ragged and wretched people and times as a theme, yes "concept" even. Yet all with a Tim Lorsch (Nashville) - produced angelic sound quality that is as listenable as the stories are sometimes sordid. From the ever-present crisp guitars (played by Bob and some of Nashville's virtuosos) to the aural treats like the flugelhorn (reminiscent of the Taps bugle) in "Light's out" and cello (played by Lorsch) on the final track, the whole thing works as a smooth and pleasant ride through Bob Rea's experiences, insights and notions. (Dig the stuck record sound and harmonica on "Dead River Blues" too!)

We caught Bob Rea "in-the-round" in March of 2011 at the famous Nashville songwriter showcase the Bluebird Cafe along with Walt Aldridge, Irene Kelley and Stephen Styles (a co-writer on three Ragged Choir cuts). He arrived alone except for "what's her face" (ask him about her!) and like many a raconteur, planned his getaway from the moment he arrived. —Jack Hayford DurangoSong.com

Go to Bob Rea's website to purchase Ragged Choir.

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