Sunday Spotlight with Bob Sumner
The Bluebird Cafe
Sun, May 26 6:00 pm
“I’m kind of a junkie for sad songs and ballads,” says Bob Sumner, the younger half of longtime Americana outfit The Sumner Brothers. Every life has its defining moments, it’s intersections and milestones. Bob’s have always come in the way of literature and music. Catcher In The Rye led to The Grapes Of Wrath, led to Hemmingway, Ken Kesey, Cormac. Bob dropped out of college after watching ‘No Direction Home’, Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Doc. Johnny Cash’s American recordings, Tom Petty’s Wild Flowers, Springsteen’s The Ghost Of Tom Joad, these records all had an enormous impact, and then came Townes and that’s where the buck stops. Bob has released five albums with his band, The Sumner Brothers, blending sounds as disparate as Neil Young and The Dead Kennedys, but Bob Sumner’s Wasted Love Songs (released January 25) finds Bob channeling his literary and musical heroes, those undeniable giants who have informed the very essence of the man and his work.