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Rich Mahan / Press

“By just reading the 10 track titles of Blame Bobby Bare, you know you’re in for a good romp through some hardly serious tunes. With songs like “Mama Found My Bong” and “Rehab’s For Quitters” – and lyrics about nuking gay whales for Jesus – Nashville rocker Rich Mahan knows how to catch listeners off-guard in the best way. His debut solo album is a deadly combination of rock, country and playful wit with serious players to legitimize this collection of humor put to music. Legendary harmonica player PT Gazell and pedal steel guitarist Robby Turner make appearances, and the contributions make the album as irresistible as the smile you can hear on Mahan as he sings, “I believe you should get me another beer.” Bobby Bare must be proud.”

“Bless Bobby Bare! Well, always bless him, but this time specifically bless him for inspiring this fun, well-crafted, countrified outsider Opry music album. And while you’re at it, blame and bless David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, SHel Silverstein, Kinky Friedman, and even Jimmy Buffett. I love you Mahan!”

“In 2010 settled Rich Mahan spread from California to Nashville, Tennessee to be there seriously going to collapse on songwriting and his passion for country music. On the west coast was his contribution so far been quite modest, though he was one of the co-founders of the alt. country band Shurman. In his early years he left the piano to guitar and discovered the blues, garage rock and new wave, but was especially touched by the eclectic music of The Grateful Dead. This discovery explained his love for the country exposed, again provided by the fact that his father at the weekend went completely unrelated to the work of country legend Bobby Bare. Now, two years after its establishment in Nashville, Mahan comes with his debut Blame Bobby Bare. We need Bobby Bare nothing to blame, because this album is one of a very big promise. A record that immediately after the first spin complacency lingers in the memory and you do already longing for a sequel...”

“Good songwriting seems to attract prominent session musicians like moths to a flame. The chemistry that develops can be magic. In the case of Rich Mahan’s Solo Debut; “Blame Bobby Bare” there is no shortage of magic. Providing background vocals is Bekka Bramlett, a solo artist, former member of Fleetwood Mac and daughter of ‘70’s rockers Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Songs feature distinguished studio musicians such as P.T. Gazell on Harmonica, and “man of Steel” Robby Turner on Pedal Steel Guitar. Other studio musicians include Aaron Beavers, Bryan Owings on drums, and Nashville super-picker, JD Simo. ‘Blame Bobby Bare’ should be listened to just a little more on the loud side. The two other elements that might enhance the listening experience are a boatload of beer and a bottle of tequila. The songs are upbeat and the lyrics are witty and to the point. I liked the story behind the album title and rather than spoil it, I think I’ll let you pick up the CD on”

“As a child, Rich Mahan recalls how the free and easy sounds of Bobby Bare helped to serve as a healing stream of sorts to his father when he would get stressed. For his latest album, the California transplant name-checks Bare for the title, but also that quirky and irreverent style that he personified in his recordings. Stylistically, Mahan shows his blues influence all over the place. There’s a hard driving sound to the opener, “Math,” and Mahan knocks it out of the ballpark with his sense of humor. It is a downright blast to listen to, and Mahan pulls it off with a heavy dose of charms. He strikes a soulful tone on the Kid Rock-ish “Favorite Shirt,” which has gotten quite a bit of attention as of late, as he also does on “Money In The Bank.” Mahan proves himself to be a top notch singer, as evidenced on the cut “Tequila Y Mota,” but it’s his songwriting that I think is the most appealing aspect of this album. Kudos to him for writing “The Hills of South Dakot”

“Rich Mahan’s solo debut Blame Bobby Bare is fun and sometimes just goofy (“Mama Found My Bong,” “Rehab’s For Quitters”), but it’s the soulful “Favorite Shirt” with back-up vocals from Bekka Bramlett that will stick with you.”

"If you don't like this, you're just not my kind of people."

Brian Harrison

“Your album is totally cool... I love the title too! Truly, keep rockin'!”

Bob Coburn - Rockline

“RICH MAHAN/Blame Bobby Bare: When Bare left RCA for CBS, he made some of the coolest, under rated outlaw country records that still sound new today, partly because they were barely heard at all back then. They were heard by Mahan's pop who would decompress after work having a great time hearing those records. And it influenced Mahan. And he's not ashamed to admit it. Screw all that mush mouthed ‘in the tradition of', ‘influenced by' and all that bio page garbage the talent impaired over rely on. Mahan owns it. This stuff was injected in his DNA and it's time some props were given by someone other than Bobby Bare Jr. Meanwhile, these are mostly originals that were just as influenced by Shel Silverstein as Bare, but because Mahan gives it his own voice it works and it never feels derivative. I hope Mahan's pop likes it and that Bare hears it and returns the favor. You should hear it too. Insidious, contemporary outlaw to the max. Check it out.”

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