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Bare to release ‘lost’ album on April 17

Country Music Hall of Fame member and Lawrence County native Bobby Bare announced on Thursday that he will be releasing a new album on April 17.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Great American Saturday Night” features a set of songs, co-written with Bare’s friend, Shel Silverstein, in 1978, for a concept album that was never released.

Bare, who turns 85 this year, also released a video of the first single from the album, “Livin’ Legend.” Recorded live, it is a joking take on an aging folk singer trying to survive after the end of the 1960s folk scene. The songs have not been heard until now.

Silverstein, who died at 68 in 1999, is best known for his children’s books, such as “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” He frequently worked with many musicians, such as Johnny Cash, for whom he penned “A Boy Named Sue” and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, with whom he co-wrote “The Cover of the Rolling Stone.”

A longtime friend of Bare, the two collaborated on 1973’s “Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies,” his highest charting album.

Bare said, in a 2017 interview with The Ironton Tribune, that it is his favorite recording from his nearly six-decade career.

Silverstein and Bare completed five more albums together, and Silverstein also penned the lyrics for the “Old Dogs” album, the self-titled release from the supergroup Bare formed with Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed in the 1990s.

Bare, who was born in Pedro, released his last album, “Things Change,” in 2017. He followed it up with a standalone single, “Snowflake in the Wind,” last year.

“Great American Saturday Night” is available for preorder on CD through Bare’s website for $15, with autographed copies also offered for $30.