Singer-songwriter LT Bobby Ross' "The Fisherman" CD is both deeply personal, and universal. It strikes a chord with anyone who relishes being immersed in nature, waiting for that elusive 'bite'. The CD's songs range from moving to toe-tapping and are Ross' aural autobiography. 'The Fisherman' would make a great gift for the angler
in your life.
Emmy-winning journalist an
I promised Lt. that
I would critique his new CD The FISHERMAN!
I am no singer, but
I am a drummer, and I have survived many bands back in the 60's, so I
have taken each and every song and have added my comments, so sit
back, and here you go:
Few songs in my life
get my attention, but this song did just that and it even made me
shed a tear, I was saddened to hear of the Fisherman's death.
I know now why the
fish was kissed.
-Sam Jones General
I was a lover of
pickled eggs and pickled pigs feet, I love a song that tells a story,
and you don't hear that on the radio anymore, and I love the way Lt.
is telling this story!
This song has so
much going on, music that is, I love the violin and especially the
end, "Thats all folks"!
-Million Dollar tag.
This song has
reminded me of the late Johnny Horton how he used to sing his songs,
and change his tone during that song, especially the chorus!
I love the way Lt.
has reached the high notes in this song, damn, I couldn't even get
that high, the musicians on this track are to be commended!
What a quality song,
this is exactly how a small town is.
This song is exactly
(3) minutes and (4) seconds long, I could sure listen to a longer
version, I loved it!
I love the way
Mulligan has taken care of the hobos, I like the way the guitar
(sounds like a steel guitar) plays while the singer is singing.
I loved the slide
steel guitar (it sounds like it to me) in the beginning.
(4 minutes 11
seconds) that's how long this song is, I found it very funny,
especially when they built it on a one way street, to much!
-Ballad of the Jolly
I love the medley,
not to fast, and not slow, I loved the way Lt. is keeping this song
The striper king, I
especially like the beat.
(3 minutes 22
-Country Boy Raised
on Good Ole Rock and Roll.
This song got me
moving because in the beginning you hear the drums and the cymbals
(probably hi-hats) being played loose.
I also loved the
piano part and harmonica.
The individual parts
of each instrument make this song a rocker.
This song sure does
This song ranks up
there with Rock and Roll Heaven by the Righteous brothers.
I have always liked
any song that reflects on the past such as our hereos, and Roger
Maris was one of mine.
I even heard Larry
Stimelings name in there, yuppers, and the Rat Pack!
(3 minutes and 56
seconds) well worth re-listening.
-Dad, Can I borrow
The beat grabbed me
right off the bat!
I can see Harry
Chapin (Cats in the Cradle) saying why didn't I write this song, a
(3 minutes and 3
seconds) a story doesn't get any better than this.
-All American Love
I like the way it
sounds like you are singing thru a mega phone (I love the New
Vaudeville Band back in the day)!
I love the beauty of
the way the song begins, I immediately started to tap my foot.
I just loved how it
sounds singing thru a mega phone, I loved those!
-Ladder up to
Three minutes and 22
seconds, this song reminds me of Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd).
When it rains, the
flowers grow, and grown men do cry.
I used to listen to
my late grandfather, and it all makes sense.
I liked the way it
sounds like a shuffle beat is keeping the beat going, great shuffle
-I don't feel that
A heavy guitar
beginning faked me out, I thought Lt. was going Rock, hahaha,
Then it hit me when
he says Uncle Sam took me away!
This is another sad
song that reminds me of The Fisherman in the beginning.
The lead guitar is
fantastic and it reminds me of the old fuzz boxes they used to use on
the old Vox amps.
God Damn, Lt. hits
those high notes like it is nothing, great song.
Please keep in mind
that I am being most honest in my comments, and not because Lt. is a
personal friend of mine like he is to all of us!
If I don't like
something, I am going to tell you, hahaha, Lt. is going to take our
comments very serious, like any professional musician would, and
either good, or bad, it comes with the territory, but for me, other
than me beating on those drums, Lt. would have probably fired me the
first session, hahaha, I loved this CD, and it is worth alot more
than the ten bucks Lt. is charging us.
Thanks for sharing
with me Lt., now my wife has it.
pleasure to be among the first to hear Bobby Ross's new album.
I've known Bobby several years as a political activist with a common
military background, as we were both LRRPs for the 101st Airborne
Division in Vietnam. Before we met, we were also both
songwriters and singers, he in Nashville, and I on the west coast,
but haven't done that in a long time. It is a great pleasure to
see him get back into being a performing musician again, and it is an
introduction to a whole new side of my friend the "LT"
Fisherman" is a nostalgic take on a lifetime of country
music. The voice that years ago was an earnest tenor has taken
on an edge that fits the old-fashioned story-telling style that leads
the album, songs sung by one who sounds like he remembers back when.
Those first tracks reminded me of my own youth, when I had a
home-made crystal-set radio that would pick up XELO in Mexico, the
only station powerful enough to reach my home at the remote
White Sands rocket base, and I listened to Bob Wills... sentimental
old-folks country attitudes about the simplicity of farm and family
life, played post-war by the farm boys who had fought it.
The musical arrangement is straightforward classic licks, polished
professional grade production in every respect, and right in period.
Some of it gets a bit over-sappy and Gramps'-old-doggy for
my taste, and the lyrics sometimes get kind of cowboy-rappy and
complicated, but I'd still say I like the sentimental ones best, like
"Smallville." Next I'm laughing to a
friend here that I'm hearing the '50s coming through, then a
Beach-Boys thing, lyrics about a teenager borrowing the family car,
and the style and arrangement of the music too is evolving, echoing
the new tech of the 70's. Yessir, this is a very nostalgic
album, but not just an homage to one period or one style, but to the
evolution of a whole generation of music. The best track on it
is saved for last. "I Don't Feel That Way Any
More" is not so much sentimental as bittersweet, the lyrics
not so much clever as just simple and wise, and the music is a
lovely modern reprise of the simple style of the '30s where it all
began. Like Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" it is a
poignant but ultimately reassuring look back, and a grateful
acceptance of our own growth, of the blessing of being right here
now, and of watching it all pass.
Post "Lancer 17"
I received my autographed CD of The Fisherman and popped it into
the CD player and listened to all of your Heart felt songs. My
grandson really liked Lucky Charm Factory, well it is also one of
his favorite cereals. My favorite is still Sam Jones General
Store. And, it was easy to pay for with my credit card using
PayPal. Thank You LT.
nostalgia for, and satire of, an America….that was)
written a lot of slyly satirical stuff over the past eleven years, as
my way of storytelling about where America has been, where it’s at,
and where it may go next, all, by taking potshots at seemingly
dumbass moves by our career politicos and government along with
commentaries on the weird and whacky happenings within our
Yet, like a lot of others who’ve been around for a
while (some of us perhaps for too long) that time has seemed like a
world turning upside down with velocities of changes and events
buffeting our country almost every day of the week, and twice on
Sundays. So, it’s comforting to come across another form of
storytelling, that is, our country music genre, which remains
In this instance it’s about a very handsomely
designed and independently produced album titled – The Fisherman -
. A hard-country-rock storytelling production….with nostalgia for,
and satire of, an America….that was.
The sheer raw emotional
power of its lyrics, and its foot-stomping instrumentals, are hard to
beat. A true –cri de coeur – for something we’ve lost, but, may
yet find again, even if its forms and ways won’t resemble those
we’ve known before, but still remaining….pure America.
if anything I write had half that effect and power, I’d have been
long gone and kicking back in Kokomo and Margaritaville by now. As it
is all I can do is feel good knowing that….despite things like
Napster and I-Tunes….Nashville….is still around….and in a
uniquely pure-art format.
Bill Taylor (CENTURION)
I wanted to thank you both for sending me "The Fisherman"
CD - it is delightful. I finally had a chance to listen to the
whole thing today - and it would be hard to choose my favorite cut.
I enjoyed them all. Mulligan's Memories took me back to
thoughts of my Dad who often helped cook up a huge pot of
Mulligan stew with a men's group when I was a kid. I could
easily relate to Heroes and I know I've been in several Smallville,
USA towns - both in rural Missouri and in southern Mississippi
during my decade there.
Thanks again for an enjoyable hour of listening!
BELIEVE YOU ASKED FOR COMMENTS ON YOUR ALBUM. I LIKED IT,
OF COURSE. THE SONGS I LIKE BEST ARE "THE FISHERMAN",
"SAM JONES GENERAL STORE" AND "I DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT
ANYMORE". YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT THE PICKERS. THAT IS
SOME OF THE BEST PICKING I HAVE EVER HEARD. THE RECORDING
QUALITY IS ASTOUNDING TO SUCH AN OLDIE LIKE ME WHO GOES BACK TO WHEN
WE WERE SWEEPING ACETATE SHAVINGS FROM THE DISC BEING CUT TO KEEP THE
CUTTER FROM JUMPING AND RUINING THE TAKE. AND. OF COURSE,
EVERYONE PLAYING AND SINGING HAD TO GET IT RIGHT OR, THE DISC WAS
DISCARDED, THE TAKE WAS STARTED OVER WITH EVERYONE PLAYING AND
SINGING AT THE SAME TIME. THE ONLY SOUND FX WAS PUTTING
THE SINGER IN A TILED BATHROOM FOR REVERB WHICH WE CALLED ECHO.
I SAID YOU REMNDED ME OF TEX RITTER AND YOUR VOICE STILL DOES.
ON THIS ALBUM I AM REMINDED OF BURL IVES, THE FOLK SINGER, WHO I
LOVED TO LISTEN TO. SORT OF TEX RITTER SINGS BURL IVES. I
HOPE YOU ENJOY SUCCESS WITH THIS EFFORT.