with The Heifer Belles opening
The Center for the Arts presents
Saturday, November 12, 8:00PM
$17 members, $20 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)
“Bob Cheevers is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic, beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.” – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Celebrating his 50th year as a songwriter with over 3,000 songs to his credit, Bob Cheevers’ new 5-disc, box-set is appropriately called Fifty Years. The retrospective album covers half a century of his work featuring 83 songs.
His early years growing up in Memphis gave him a taste for the R&B/Blues flavor of the Mississippi Delta. After college, Bob left the place where he and Elvis were hometown boys for a move to L.A. Twenty five years in the pop field resulted in a number of chart hits under his own name and the band he was part of called The Peppermint Trolly Company who sang the theme song to the TV sitcom “Love American Style”.
The historical changes of the ‘60s played no small role in Bob’s life which, during that time, also included representation by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell’s management team. The power of change during that time began the lifelong journey of Bob discovering his musical and personal voices which in no time began to show up in his songwriting. A true artist emerged.
His L.A. Criterion Music publisher had an office in Nashville and suggested that Bob move there, because he was being pitched as a songwriter and an artist. Already an Emmy winning songwriter, Bob was invited to be a show opener on what was to be Johnny Cash’s final tour after which Cash chose to record one of Bob’s songs. In 2009, after 16 years in the Nashville songwriting machine, Bob headed for Austin to concentrate on being “the artist” in his own right.
After only 3 years in Texas, Bob became the Texas Music Awards “Singer/songwriter Of The Year”. His 10 commercial CDs offer a wealth of characters some of whom are real and others imagined. A seasoned, journeyman performer with endless tales of to tell, the road he’s been on has resulted in a fine tuned musical voice and the spinning of his rootsy, blues-flavored tales of life in a language of the heart.
Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his almost five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”
Also a cult favorite in the UK and Europe where he has toured for more than a decade, Cheevers continues to find inspiration in the life he’s chosen in Texas as well as the rich Southern heritage that came from his growing up in Memphis. His rootsy, blues-flavored songs spin tales of life in a conversational language of the heart that rock the soul. They are intimate and expansive, poignant and bracing, tender and raucous, unflinchingly honest and redemptively healing. As he laughingly is known to say, “I don’t know if these stories are true, but they happened to me.”
Heifer Belles (Cow Girls) started out as three gals meeting weekly for some music, food, drink and fun. The next thing you know they are touring the western states. Juliet Gobert is vocalist contributing original songs along with Kim Rogers on pedal steel and Karel Hendee on bass.
The Belles have played World Fest, Elko Cowboy and Poetry Gathering , Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Davis Music Festival as well as opening for Rita Hosking, the Alvin Brothers and Laurie Lewis.