It is with much love that I share this track from my upcoming album, penned by a dear mentor and friend, Bobby Hill.
June 18th 2015 I was beginning a songwriting workshop with Mary Gauthier in Nashville, Tennessee. During the first few hours of the workshop I got the news from home that Bobby Hill had passed away. When I returned to the room after crying and smoking outside, Mary Gauthier and the rest of our group listened and sang with me on the choruses as I played Bobby Hill’s composition. Written in the 1970’s but never performed or recorded, he had shown and then (in his own words) ‘given to me’ a year earlier, “Welcome To The Real World Again”.
I give you “Too Late to Go Home” from my first full-length album that launches in the fall of 2016!!! In the past few years I have embarked on a kind of country-blues pilgrimage, seeking not gods or miracles, but songs and mentors, stories and friends. I have been guided by my inner voice and teachers who have shown up in many forms, encouraging and inspiring me to shed fear and doubt. Heroes often die in the making. I hope this tune speaks to fellow songwriters and anyone who has felt the need to celebrate and mourn their heroes, whether old or young, renowned or underground.
Lyrics and music by Bobby Dove – Socan/Ascap 2016
Recorded at James McKenty’s Studio, Peterborough, On, Canada
Photo by Bill Foster at the Andrew Johnson Building, Knoxville TN
I’m recording my first full-length album with producer James McKenty at his studio in Peterborough, Ontario. James is a first class musician and producer who’s worked with some incredible bands like Blue Rodeo, Ronnie Hawkins and The Sadies to name a few! So far we have vocals, acoustic guitar bass, drums, violin, mandolin, electric guitar, piano and organ in the can! Many thanks to the incredible musicians who are featured on the record so far, Anna Ruddick, Taylor Knox, Laura Bates, Sam Weber and Shai Peer. New single and promo video coming soon. I can’t wait to share these new songs with you and get on the road 🙂
Come on out next week to see an amazing variety show at the Wiggle Room in Montreal! I’m performing with Doug Short on accordion! See you there! Love, Bob
Sharing the bill with fabulous Canadian songwriters Melanie Brulée and Rye Noble on Sunday April 7th! Show starts at 9! PWYC