Actually I have two: “Everything is always perfect,” and “I don’t know if these stories are true, but they happened to me."
Touring in Europe a few years ago, singer-songwriter Bob Cheevers noticed a sticker on a friend’s guitar case that spoke volumes to him: “On Earth as It Is in Austin!” Recalling the moment, Cheevers says, “As trivial as it might sound, seeing that sticker was affirmation that my relocating to Austin was exactly the right move.”
After pounding the musical pavement in Nashville for over 15 years and becoming frustrated with the “cookie-cutter” mentality of Music Row, Cheevers had moved to Austin in 2008 seeking fertile creative soil to revitalize his work. “While I love Nashville, I needed to move away from the chart-oriented songwriting mill into a world where artists are encouraged to write from the heart rather than writing for the charts. Moving to Texas felt right from the start. So many of my pals, like Walt Wilkins and Kevin Welch, had already moved there and I felt enormous creative freedom simply by being in that community of artists.”
If any residual doubts about the move did linger, they were resolved after his first Austin-based album, Tall Texas Tales netted Cheevers the 2011 Singer-Songwriter of the Year award from the Texas Music Academy. His album, On Earth as It Is in Austin, is another testament to the continuing creative growth he has experienced since leaving Nashville.
With On Earth as It Is in Austin, Cheevers delivers a generous 15-song helping full of his trademark tales of rebels and outlaws and dreamers and lovers, recorded as musical duets with 15 different celebrated musicians performing on one song each.
Fifty Years, to be released on Howlin’ Dog Records in Spring, 2017, is the ultimate retrospective of Cheevers’ career… so far. Including previously recorded works and songs never-before-released, the 5-disc set is a map of Cheever’s life and times through song.
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.”
All I Need To Know - Disk 4
Hold Me - Disk 4
Texas To Tennessee - Disk 4
We Are All Naked - Disk 4
Springtime On Broadway - Disk 4
Is It Ever Gonna Rain - Disk 4
Church On The Hill - Disk 4
River Gonna Rise - Disk 4
Me And Dan And The Spoon Man - Disk 4
Once In A Lifetime Ride - Disk 4
Help Me With My Heart - Disk 4
You Should Just Like Willie - Disk 4
North Of Baton Rouge - Disk 4
The Stories I Write - Disk 4
You Listen To The Radio - Disk 3
Popsicle Man - Disk 3
When The Leaves Turn Gold - Disk 3
Free Now - Disk 3
Memphis 'Til Monday - Disk 3
Two Can Play The Same Game - Disk 3
The Bitter End - Disk 3
These Things I Will Do For You - Disk 3
Relentless - Disk 3
Foregone Conclusions - Disk 3
Blanket Of Love - Disk 3
Grown Up People - Disk 3
Drivin' That Mercury - Disk 3
One Lonely Night - Disk 3
Old Soul - Disk 2
River Of Jordan - Disk 2
Old Habits Die Hard - Disk 2
Maurice's Cafe - Disk 2
Paintings Of The Masters - Disk 2
That's What I'll Do Tomorrow - Disk 2
Simple Man's Dream - Disk 2
Caleb Leedy - Disk 2
The Unknown Soldier - Disk 2
My Beautiful Susannah
Massa John - Disk 2
Shoulda Picked Our Own Cotton - Disk 2
My Young Dixie Rose - Disk 2
Civil Liberties - Disk 2
Forty Acres And A Mule - Disk 2
Children Of Freedom - Disk 2
My Southern Heart - Disk 2
21st Century Breakdown - Disk 1
Girl In Amarillo - Disk 1
I Brought It On Myself - Disk 1
That's How Love Should Feel - Disk 1
Star Of My Life - Disk 1
Can It Be Me - Disk 1
I Need To Slow Down - Disk 1
One Too Many Times
In The Early Stages - Disk 1
Second Hand Heart - Disk 1
It's All About Time - Disk 1
Big City Gambler - Disk 1
Carol Lee in Three Four - Disk 1
All I do Is Dream - Disk 1
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - Disk 1
Blue Lights - Disk 1
Delta Gold - Disc 5
Turn Around - Disc 5
Texas Is An Only Child - Disc 5
Flesh And Blood - Disc 5
My Guitar, The Man In The Moon And My Heart - Disc 5
One More Nail - Disc 5
Fiona's World - Disc 5
What I've Done For Love - Disc 5
Only Roses - Disc 5
Lime On the Rim - Disc 5
Underpants - Disc 5
Turquoise Heart With A West Texas Smile - Disc 5
The Sound Of A Door - Disc 5
Test Of Fire - Disc 5
Plans To Meet In Paris - Disc 5
Progress - Disc 5
Heros - Disc 5
The Unknown Soldier
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
My first record producer in Hollywood back in 1968 told me the following when I presented him with several of the first songs I’d written: "You aren’t a songwriter."
4: What was your first concert?
No answer provided.
5: What/where is the best road food?
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
My publisher Bo Goldsen at Criterion Music suggested I try to write for the country market in after suggesting I move to Nashville. After a couple years of followings his suggestion, he said “Go back to writing Bob Cheevers songs cause that's where our strength is and that's why I hired you.”
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?