Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare tapped Chris Stapleton for his new record. Titled Things Change, the upcoming album features 10 tracks penned by some of the best in the business. And a re-envisioning of his top-1o hit “Detroit City” with Stapleton.
Bare took “Detroit City” into the top ten in 1963. The Mel Tillis and Danny Dill tune peaked at No. 6 and helped Bare break into the country scene. He scored a long list of charting singles throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Now, Bare has a new version of the tune featuring Chris Stapleton, a chart-topper in his own right. The track finishes out the album. Here’s Bobby Bare’s 1963 hit single.
Bare told Rolling Stone Country the album features songs that matter to him. “This is a special collection of songs to me, not just another record,” Bare says. “Things do change but my love for songwriters and the fans never, ever will.”
The album also features tuned penned by Guy Clark, Max T. Barnes, Mary Gauthier and Bare himself. And many of the songs come from years ago, like title track “Things Change.” That track actually made it to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.
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Bobby Bare turns 82 years old on April 7. He all but disappeared from the spotlight in 1983, until he formed supergroup Old Dogs in 1998. That band featured him, Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed. They released one album on Atlantic Records.
In 2012, he returned to release Darker Than Light on Plowboy Records. His previous release before that came in 2005 on Dualtone, a label known for releasing music from legends. Now, Things Change comes thanks to Hypermedia, a label actually fronted by Max T. Barnes. The album drops May 26.
Bobby Bare’s Things Change Track Listing:
1. “Things Change”
2. “The End”
3. “Ain’t No Sure Thing”
4. “The Trouble With Angels”
5. “I Drink”
6. “Mercy Now”
7. “Trophy Girl”
8. “Where Did It Go”
9. “You Got the Light”
10. “Detroit City” feat. Chris Stapleton