I am hosting a special Listening Room at Circle C concert on Saturday, March 25, to honor my friend, Bob Cheevers, who is celebrating 50 years as a full time songwriter, with 3000 songs to his credit. Bob’s “Fifty Years” box set with 83 songs was released in Europe on January 24, 2017, and Bob has just returned to Austin from a February UK tour.
Bob is a cult favorite in the UK and Europe where he has toured for more than a decade. Bob continues to find inspiration in the life he’s chosen in Texas, as well as the rich Southern heritage that came from growing up in Memphis. His rootsy, blues-flavored songs spin tales of life in a conversational language of the heart that rock the soul. As Bob is known to say: “I don’t know if these stories are true, but they happened to me.”
After pounding the musical pavement in Nashville for over 15 years, Bob moved to Austin in 2008 seeking fertile creative soil to revitalize his work. While touring in Europe several years ago, Bob noticed a sticker on a friend’s guitar case that spoke volumes to him: “On Earth as It Is In Austin.” Recalling that moment, Bob said that sticker was affirmation that relocating to Austin was exactly the right move.
If any residual doubts about the move did linger, they were resolved after his first Austin-based album, “Tall Texas Tales” netted Bob Cheevers the 2011 Singer-Songwriter of the Year award from the Texas Music Academy. His newest album, “On Earth as It Is In Austin,” is another testament to the continuing creative growth he has experienced since leaving Nashville.
Long recognized by his peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Bob Cheevers has rightfully earned the mantel of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals. Texas icon, Ray Wiley Hubbard, recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”
Bob Cheevers invited Austin’s most ubiquitous Songwriter-Producer, Stephen Doster Music, to join him on March 25 at The Listening Room in Circle C. In 2016, Stephen Doster was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame. Stephen Doster’s 2015 record, “Arizona,” was selected “Best of the Year” by the Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. In 2015, Stephen was asked to serve as music ambassador for the US State Department on a two week tour of Southern Africa. He currently co-hosts a music podcast, “The Atticus Report” with fellow songwriter and recording artist, Rick Busby – Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Writer.
Over the course of his career, Stephen Doster has shared stages and studios with a long and eclectic line of musical luminaries including Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Nelson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, among many others. He has produced over 60 albums.
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