ALAMOSA — Bob Livingston, one of the founders of the Austin, Texas music scene is coming back to Alamosa. Livingston, former bandmate of Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Murphey and founding member of the Lost Gonzo Band, will be performing at Society Hall Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Green Spot in Alamosa or online at www.societyhall.org. Alamosa musician Don Richmond will be accompanying Bob. Says Richmond, “Bob is as entertaining a performer as you will ever see. Besides having brilliant, often funny and always engaging songs, he is one of the finest storytellers I’ve ever heard. And being the original Cosmic Cowboy, he does have some stories!”
Bob Livingston has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life, even though he’s spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful musicians in Texas. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the designation of ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. Achieving recognition in their own right, the Gonzos’ self-titled debut record was named by ‘Rolling Stone’, “one of the best albums ever to come out of Austin.”
Livingston has seen a lot of the world since growing up in musically fertile West Texas. Hailing originally from Lubbock, his interests were more ‘Cosmic’ than ‘Cowboy’ and have prompted him to delve into the music and mysteries of many cultures. Traveling since the 80s as a Music Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, including such hot spots as Syria and Yemen, demonstrating again and again the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world. As Livingston says, ‘When all else fails, music prevails’. This philosophy earned him the honor of being appointed, ‘Austin’s International Music Ambassador’, in November of 2009 by the city council. In October of 2018 he was also inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in his home town of Lubbock.
Bob’s 2011 CD, ‘Gypsy Alibi’, co-produced with Lloyd Maines was the winner of the “Album of the Year” at the Texas Music Awards. His latest album, ‘Up the Flatland Stairs’, recorded at Howlin’ Dog Records outside of Alamosa and co-produced with Don Richmond has received rave reviews around the world.
In a live performance with Bob Livingston, one finds a veteran singer-songwriter and a master storyteller who captures his audience from the first notes played. It’s an irresistible invitation to travel down the cosmic musical highways and rutted back country roads where fate has taken him over the years.
“Original Spirits”, Bob Livingston, in concert with Don Richmond, at Society Hall, 400 Ross Ave in Alamosa, at 7:30 p.m.