Judging from the self-deprecating humor in Bobby Bare, Jr.'s songs, you'd never guess he was a Grammy nominee at age five. Country fans may remember "Daddy What If", his 1971 duet with dad, Bobby Bare, Sr. Bobby Jr., meanwhile, has settled in at Bloodshot Records, playing with a regular cast of musicians dubbed the Young Criminal's Starvation League. Check out his Web site for a list of upcoming projects, including a Shel Silverstein tribute album with his dad. (Silverstein penned "Daddy What If". Talk about coming full circle.) -- Robin Cook
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