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    I fell into the youtube rabbit hole last night when I read that it was Bonnie Raitt’s birthday. Such a great singer and songwriter! Here’s to many more years of music ahead.

    Since this is a Bo Bice blog, though, I’ll let you youtube Bonnie on your own, and give you Bo covering one of my favorite Bonnie covers, the John Prine classic Angel From Montgomery. (Did that sentence make any sense?)

    While we’re talking Bonnie Raitt, I’d dearly love to hear Bo take on I Can’t Make You Love Me.


  • 2013: He came, he sang, he conquered

    As always, it was a wild year to be a Bo fan (and I mean always – check out 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009). There were disappointments and worries – the cancellation of Pump Boys and Dinettes, a failed kickstarter campaign, the inept Bobice.com forum reboot, and Bo’s struggles with his health and sobriety. There was excitement and triumph, too – Bo’s new gig with Blood, Sweat and Tears, the release of New Soul Revival, his loving welcome from fans and staff at the American Idol finale. There was feuding – a twitter war with the Iron Sheik and Bo’s righteous rant against Nicki Minaj. There were adorable children and sweet tributes to lost fans. There was the collective peep meltdown over the latest extreme haircut. Once again, a year ends and I don’t know where Bo’s going, I’m not even sure where he’s been.

    Looking back, though, I can barely see the ups and downs or the around and rounds. Because more than anything else, 2013 was the year Bo sang to us. He sang in all the usual places, concerts and cellcerts, music videos and bootlegs, on teevee and an album. But above all, he sang on stageit.

    Forty seven shows, two thousand three hundred fifty minutes, face to face with Bo (minus the occasional empty chair intervals). He sang with heart and soul, laughter and pain and balls-out joy. Man oh man, did he ever sing…

    Covers

      Age (Jim Croce)
      Ain’t No Grave (Johnny Cash)
      All I Can Do Is Write About It (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
      Amazing Grace
      Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce)
      Ballad of Curtis Loew (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
      Call Me The Breeze (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
      Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker Band)
      Change (Blind Melon)
      Christmas In Jail (The Youngsters)
      Copperhead Road (Steve Earle)
      Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)
      Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone (Cinderella)
      Don’t Mess Around with Jim (Jim Croce)
      Drift Away (Dobie Gray)
      Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company)
      Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
      For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
      Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
      Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
      Girl On Fire (Alicia Keys)
      Hard Times Come Again No More
      Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)
      He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones)
      Hey Tomorrow (Jim Croce)
      Hotel Illness (Black Crowes)
      I Got A Name (Jim Croce)
      I’ll Fly Away
      In Color (Jamey Johnson)
      Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
      Keep On Smilin (Wet Willie)
      Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
      Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
      Lonely Time (Led Zeppelin)
      Long Haired Country Boy (Charlie Daniels)
      Merry, Merry Christmas
      Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers)
      My Home’s In Alabama (Alabama)
      Night Moves (Bob Seger)
      No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)
      One Less Set of Footsteps (Jim Croce)
      One Love (Bob Marley)
      One Way Out (Allman Brothers)
      Operator (Jim Croce)
      Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson)
      People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
      Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)
      Please Come To Boston (Dave Loggins)
      Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
      Put A Little Love in You Heart (Jackie DeShannon)
      Rapid Roy (Jim Croce)
      Ride the Tide (Screaming Cheetah Wheelies)
      Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
      Roller Derby Queen (Jim Croce)
      Rosie (Jackson Browne)
      Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ (Albert King)
      Sending Me Angels (Delbert McClinton)
      Seven Bridges Road (The Eagles)
      She Talks To Angels (Black Crowes)
      Shooting Star (Bad Company)
      So Far (Dire Straits)
      Sweet Baby James (James Taylor)
      Sweet Home Alabama (Lynryd Skynryd)
      Take It Easy (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
      Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
      Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
      Turn The Page (Bob Seger)
      Vehicle (Ides of March)
      The Weight (The Band)
      Walking Back To Georgia (Jim Croce)
      Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
      Will The Circle Be Unbroken
      Willin’ (Little Feat)

    Bo Songs

      American Blood
      Better Man
      Black Water Tides
      Blades Of Glory
      Brown Skin Girl
      Can’t Take The Country Outta Me
      Changing For The Better
      Cinnamon and Novacaine
      Coffee Table and Coattails
      Coming Back Home
      Crimson Red, White and Blue
      Different Shades of Blue
      Enemy
      Fools and Horses
      Glory Hallelujah
      Good Hearted Woman
      He Got You
      Hold On
      I Ain’t Gonna Die
      I’m Gone
      In The Name of Love
      Jesus Is My Neighbor
      Kiss You In The Dark
      Keep on Rolling
      Lonely Broke and Wasted
      Lonely Man
      Long Road Back
      My Caroline
      Mr East
      One Step Closer
      Only Words
      Papion
      The Real Thing
      Remember Me
      See The Light
      Send the Elevator Back Down
      Sinner In A Sin
      Stepping Away
      This Train
      Too Much Whiskey In My Coffee
      Troubador
      Valley of Angels
      Whiskey, Women, and Time
      Who Knows What
      Wild Roses
      Wings of a Snow White Dove
      Wrapped In His Embrace
      You Take Yourself With You
      You’re Everything

    Wow! That’s a hell of a set list. Whatever else happened, a year that Bo sang so much, so beautifully, was a very good year indeed. Thanks, Bo. And thanks peeps, for sharing the ride with me.

    (Thanks to sjohnston for the screencaps.)


  • Snap out of it

    This afternoon Bo tweeted that he’s been unwell –

    Been @ the hospital most of the day. I’m feeling better now though, had an acute belly issue

    Bo’s had a bit of a run lately – viruses, allergies, throat crud. Par for the course with 4 kids, springtime, and a hectic travel schedule. But it’s a little hard for the peeps to remain calm when Bo’s intestines act up, so I suspect there are a lot of fingers being crossed tonight.

    Get well soon, Bo!

    ETA: Bo hasn’t said anything directly about his health today, other than a reference to having a hard time following advice to rest up and take it easy. But he’s been tweeting cheerfully and posting cute pictures of his son, so I think we can feel confident that he’s home and on the mend.


  • I’ve got a very good feeling about this

    I felt a great disturbance in the twitter, as if millions of peeps suddenly squeed…

    Bo Bice @OfficialBoBice
    Talk with Dave & Joella @Texashatters earlier today, great family company with incredible people. Check them out!!

    If your gonna get a hat only get the best. They’re the best! Look @ their web page. I love my RVZ “Hi Roller”

    If you’re a regular here, you might be rolling your eyes that I’ve brought up the saga of Teh Hat yet again. I can’t help it! I don’t think I’ve ever done anything as an over-invested fan that was goofier or as much fun, or that made me feel such a part of a wider “peephood.” I wrote that ridiculously mushy blog over 5 years ago, but I just got as much of a thrill today reading Bo say he loves it.


  • 2012: Not a pond

    “Put yourself in a pond and over time it’s going to get stagnant and become a cesspool,” he explained. “A river flows, it’s ever-changing. You can make a curvy river straight over a million years. And it’s not what’s on top going down the river, it’s those grooves in the bottom. But let’s not be ponds. Let’s keep growing.”
    — Bo Bice, 2005

    After seven years you think I’d have learned to expect a lot of twists and turns. After all, Bo’s been reinventing himself pretty much since the day we met him, changing from a nervous, soft-spoken hippie in a homemade tunic to a swaggering tight-pantsed sex god in just a few months. Still, this last year had curves like no other. Bo invited peeps to his house, painted for profit, had a girl, left Nashville, tried the college circuit, joined an AI review in Branson, embraced twitter, announced he was going gospel, started a management company and then signed himself, changed his bandmates more than his socks, revived The Real Thing, and was cast in the lead role of Broadway musical. And those are just the highlights!

    So after all that flowing and changing and growing, I’m a little disoriented. I don’t really know where Bo’s going with his music or his career. I’m disappointed that he didn’t release any new songs this year. I’m sad to see him struggle to find an audience at times. And yet…. I don’t think that his voice has ever sounded better. I do believe he’s spent more time on the road this year than ever before. I can’t help but be impressed with Bo’s determination – knock him down, he gets back up. Make jokes about his career, and his honest response charms you into admiration. Shut the door in his face, he goes looking for a window. Is it fearlessness? Titanium balls? Sheer stubbornness? I don’t know. But wherever he’s headed, I think he’s going to find a way to get there.

    Help me out here, peeps. What do you make of 2012? What’s going to surprise us in 2013?


  • Happy Birthday, Bo Bice!

    It’s Bo’s 37th birthday today! Bo does love a party, and I know he’ll be doing this one up right. After all, he and his peeps have always found interesting ways to celebrate his birthday.

    Way back in 2005, November 1st was the release date of Brown Skin Girl, Bo’s collaboration with Carlos Santana.

    In 2006, Bo was recovering from surgery and keeping quiet, so we got ourselves a band full of puppies, and gave Bo a kick ass hat (whatever happened to that beaded band, I wonder?)

    In November of 2007, we starting voting like fiends to get Witness to #1 three weeks running on the Vh1 video countdown. (It would have been even more, if they hadn’t cheated!)

    Bo went international in 2008, celebrating with the troops in Baghdad. The peeps regretted not enlisting.

    Just in time for Bo’s birthday in 2009, the Noble Things soundtrack was posted on itunes and Amazon, and even though we were feeling faint at the thought of losing our innocence on an old tailgate, we all ran over to buy the track.

    Bo’s birthday in 2010 was the first airdate of his appearance on Don’t Forget The Lyrics. What a treat to watch his joy at winning $50,000 for charity.

    Last year on November 1st, Bo released his love letter to the road. And because he loves us too, he also stepped off the stage to give us the one song we always wanted.

    I don’t know what he has planned for today, beyond letting his family pamper the bobesus out of him. On Tuesday we got the official, on an actual cd, release of Very Merry Christmas. And yesterday he couldn’t help but tease us a little with hints about new music…

    Bo Bice @OfficialBoBice
    I have new music coming out during the holidays. Keep ur eyes peeled.

    there are some cool buddies of mine singing on 1 of the tracks with me!!

    Ha! I think for Bo, stirring up the peeps is the gift that keeps on giving. Bo, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, all of us here at BFB wish you a very Happy Birthday, and many happy returns! We can’t wait to see what happens next.


  • You can tell by the way I use my walk…

    Bo shows his stuff on the red carpet for the Georgia Music Hall of fame, October 14, 2012.

    I know I’m not the only one looking forward to the middle of next week. Not only will the election be over, but after more than a month, Bo will finally be back on a stage where we can see him. Don’t get me wrong, he has been busy. Appearing at charity events, performing at a college booking showcase, doing advance work for his video shoot, recording music, filming a guest spot for a tv show, singing at a tropical resort – you know, the typical day to day of a rock star. Ahd thanks to Bo’s newfound embrace of twitter, we’ve been able to follow along with the action. But as fun as the tweets and twitpics have been, it’s just not the same as hearing him sing. So bring on November!


  • Do you still see the light?

    I saw a notice on one of those ‘this day in music history’ calendars that See The Light was released 5 years ago today. Has it really been that long? As the peeps all know, STL was Bo’s declaration of independence – his first album after getting out from under the expectations and demands of American Idol, Our Dread Lord Clive Davis and RCA, and his longtime band. It didn’t sell anywhere near as much as The Real Thing, but in every other way that really mattered, it was a roaring success. The album was Bo’s true voice, free at last, and critics and fans alike cheered for it.

    It was so much fun watching the album come to life! Hearing songs like I’m Gone and Only Words for the time and sighing at how gorgeous they were. Speculating over who See The Light and Ain’t Gonna Die were about. Jumping around like a fool to This Train in concert. Swooning over the talkbox. Giggling as Bo got giddy during his album release video cast. Voting so doggedly for Witness on VH1 that it broke their countdown.

    And you know, even now that it’s 2012 and there’s no more buying or voting or requesting to do for it, I still listen to See The Light – because it’s really, really good. (Except for that one song. You know which one. My nemesis.) How about you? What do you still listen to from STL?

    It’s hard to pick just one, but this song and performance will always be among my favorites.


  • Turn the tweet around

    Have you been reading Bo’s twitter account the last few weeks? He’s been tweeting up a storm. Yes, Bo. Bo Bice. Tweeting. Not his web chick. Not just links to shouts. It’s Bo. Tweeting. I don’t know what’s gotten in to him, but I’m as delighted as I am surprised, and I’m not the only one.

    If you haven’t been following, go check it out – it’s all kinds of charming. He’s been posting pictures of his kids and shots from the road, joking with friends and chatting with fans. And every now and then, he’s slipped in a little music news (my favorite kind of tweet).

    Bo Bice ?@OfficialBoBice
    Having coffee with my #1 Peep!! What a looker.

    DiamondDiva! ?@luvmyattitude1
    @OfficialBoBice just met you last night in Flat Rock, Mi., shook your hand and have to say once again….You rocked on wit your bad self!

    Bo Bice ?@OfficialBoBice
    @luvmyattitude1 thanks kiddo!! Your town is awesome!!! And y’all kicked some ass.

    Bo Bice ?@OfficialBoBice
    A little birdie told me they’re using a Bo Bice song in this sound track…He might even B @ the premier – Get On & Ride

    HER & Kings County ?@HKCsays
    @OfficialBoBice Sexy Devil!

    Bo Bice ?@OfficialBoBice
    @HKCsays whooo Hooo! They will put anybody on the shelves these days won’t they Mo?! U rock kid

    HER & Kings County ?@HKCsays
    @OfficialBoBice Oh we had to get it!!! And you were in between Charlie Daniels and Merle Haggard. Not bad, huh.

    Bo Bice ?@OfficialBoBice
    @HKCsays

    HER & Kings County ?@HKCsays
    @OfficialBoBice We miss you guys. Y’all are family!!!

    How fun is that? I hope Bo realizes how much this will mean to peeps who don’t get to see him in person very often. It’s hard to feel connected in those long stretches between shows and albums. This’ll make a big difference.