photo by Wayne Lammers
The recording includes 12 of Bob's original folk-style ballads and songs. See list of songs below.
Bob's lead singing is primarily accompanied by the inspired instrumental and vocal harmonizing of Cathy Barton and Dave Para, and Paul and Win Grace. He is also accompanied by such Central Missouri luminaries as Forrest Rose, Rich Oberto, Leela and Ellie Grace, Kathy Gordon and Dennis Schubert. The cover painting on the album is by Bob's wife, Sharon; and the album was recorded and mixed by Stephen Gardner at his Music House Studio in Columbia.
The album is available at various locations in Central Missouri including Streetside Recordsin Columbia; Taste of the Heartland in Rocheport; Family Shoe, the Boonville Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Historic Boonville in Boonville; and also from Bob at 513 High Street, Boonville, Missouri 65233.
album cover painting by Sharon Dyer
The album is available in CD format only at $15 per CD plus $3 postage (if ordered from Bob).
Here are the songs:
(Bob's bow to the Louisiana Cajun sound he encountered while working as Riverlorian for the American Queen steamboat, set to the traditional fiddle tune by the same name);
(about the 1993 Missouri River flood);
"The Pony Express"
(written during an Artist-in-the-School residency in the St. Joseph public schools);
"Song for Pomp"
(about Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, nicknamed "Pomp" or "Pompey" by William Clark after his birth at the Mandan villages during the Lewis and Clark expedition);
"The New Madrid Earthquake"
(about the Great Earthquake of 1811-12);
"The Wild Child of Gooch's Mill"
(a new version of a song originally recorded on Bob's early tape, TREASURE IN THE RIVER);
(a lyrical exploration of the river country of Central Missouri);
(about the notorious Taney County bushwhacker, set to the traditional fiddle tune, "Old Joe Clark");
"The Hounds of Callaway"
(fox hunting in the Kingdom of Callaway in the years just prior to the Civil War, based on the writings of Hugh P. Williamson);
"This Time Tomorrow"
(a philosophical statement based on Missouri's changeable weather);
"One Last Time"
(a meditation on the last days);
"Wait for the Light"
(a song for survivors).
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Bob has just released a wonderful CD of his songs -- songs which include not only great music, but compelling stories with superb writing, and as an additional bonus, little-known characters and happenings from Mid-Missouri history. Okay, okay, I admit it -- I'm totally biased on this one -- I played and sang on the album. It was great fun!
So if you want to take this treasure into your own home, pick up a copy of the new album -- It's a great way to let Bob know how much we value all he brings to our community!
I have known Bob for a long time through good times and bad, thick and thin, and have played music with him from the time I was just starting to learn to play. In 1980, when Paul and I (and Leela and Ellie) went to Colorado to escape the heat wave (We're talking 110.), Bob house-sat for us in our very un-air conditioned little farmhouse which had three months earlier had all shade trees stripped away by a tornado. During his time at our house, he wrote "The Dry Waltz," which he recorded on his earlier CD, SONGTELLER. When you hear the song, you will really get the picture now!
Bob has had an amazing life -- He worked extensively with John Neihardt, author of Black Elk Speaks. He lived for at a time in a cabin that he built himself out of railroad ties on what is now Three Creeks State Forest. (You'll hear this cabin and this time of his life mentioned in the song on the new CD, "One Last Time.") He has written several books, including a book about Duke Paul of Wuerttemberg On The Missouri Frontier, which he co-wrote with a historian from Germany and a book of poems about the flood of 1993, which he co-wrote with another community treasure, poet Walter Bargen. He taught a film course at the University of Missouri, which one of his former students said was the best course she ever had at any school ever. He is an incredible teacher and storyteller. He now does school residencies around the state (lucky kids!) and was riverlorian on the American Queen for several years. These are only a few things that I know (and that are suitable for telling!) about Bob -- of course, there is more...
For more information, email Bob Dyer or call him at 660-882-3353.