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Bulger's Beat: Bobby Bare honored for great country career

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Country music great Bobby Bare is now 78, yet he's one of the newest inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born in Ohio, Bare's been making music and selling records since the 1950s. He sang rock 'n' roll for a while, but it was country music that made him famous.

It started with the song Detroit City, and for 15 straight years in the '60s and '70s he kept songs on the country charts.

"I just loved country music, and that's all I intended to be," Bare said.

Now from Plowboy Records comes a highly praised new album called Darker than Light that celebrates classic folk songs.

"Well you can't do a folk album without Tom Dooley, that's a given," Bare said. "I could sing that in any country in the world. Everyone knows that."

But oldies don't define him. Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Keith Urban are among his favorites these days.

While the Hall of Fame wants to celebrate his past, Bare is still very much focused on the future.

"Main thing I want is respect and it's good to have it. Makes you feel like you haven't wasted a whole lot of your life," Bare said.

Fans can next see Bare singing June 5 at the Ryman Auditorium in Marty Stuart's Annual Late Night Jam - the Nashville classic that kicks off Fan Fair for the CMA Music Festival. For ticket information, visit: http://www.ryman.com/event/detail/latenightjam13.html.

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