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Bob Livingston: A Cosmic Cowboy Legend and Timeless Musician

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Our next artist is Bob Livingston who played at Fulsher Houston Concerts several years ago. Join us Sept 30th (Champions) and Oct 1st (Fulshear). RSVP for either show at https://bit.ly/RSVPTXHC



In the vibrant tapestry of American music history, the 1970s gave birth to a distinctive era known as the “Cosmic Cowboy” movement, where folk, country, and rock influences melded together to create a truly unique sound. At the heart of this musical evolution stood Bob Livingston, a trailblazing artist whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the industry. With a career spanning decades and an unwavering commitment to his craft, Livingston continues to captivate audiences around the world.


The Cosmic Cowboy Movement:

During the 1970s, a wave of musical innovation swept across the American Southwest. The Cosmic Cowboy movement, characterized by its fusion of country, rock, folk, and cosmic themes, emerged as a counter-cultural response to the prevailing norms of the time. This movement not only birthed a new genre but also served as a platform for artists to explore unconventional sounds and push creative boundaries.


Bob Livingston’s Journey:

At the heart of the Cosmic Cowboy movement was the multitalented musician, Bob Livingston. With roots deeply embedded in Texas soil, Livingston’s music resonated with the spirit of the open road and the vast expanse of the American frontier. As a founding member of the iconic Lost Gonzo Band, he played a pivotal role in shaping the movement’s defining sound.


Livingston’s musical journey was one of evolution and exploration. From his early days performing alongside legends like Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphey, to his solo career that saw him embracing a diverse range of genres, Livingston’s music has always defied easy categorization. His ability to seamlessly blend country, folk, and rock elements showcases his mastery of storytelling through song.


Enduring Legacy:

Bob Livingston’s impact on the Cosmic Cowboy movement and the music industry at large is immeasurable. His songwriting, characterized by introspective lyrics and heartfelt melodies, has resonated with fans for generations. His commitment to authenticity and his willingness to experiment with musical styles have solidified his status as a true trailblazer.


Despite the passage of time, Livingston’s music remains as relevant and engaging as ever. His performances continue to draw in audiences, transporting them to a time when the Cosmic Cowboy movement was at its zenith. With each strum of the guitar and each note sung, Livingston’s passion and dedication to his craft shine through, reminding us of the enduring power of music to transcend eras and connect people from all walks of life.


Conclusion:

Bob Livingston’s journey as a musician embodies the spirit of the Cosmic Cowboy era, where musical boundaries were pushed, and creativity knew no bounds. His contributions to the movement and his unwavering dedication to his craft have left an indelible mark on the world of music. As he continues to share his stories and melodies with audiences far and wide, Bob Livingston remains a true legend, a cosmic cowboy whose legacy will endure for generations to come.


List of Songs:

Solo

  • Waking Up (Wilderness); 1981

  • Signs of Life (Wilderness); 1988

  • Open the Window (Gentle Wind); 1996

  • Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull (Vireo); 2003

  • Everything Is All Right (TMI); 2004

  • Cowboys & Indians (Vireo); 2007

  • Original Spirit (Vireo); 2008

  • Gypsy Alibi (New Wilderness Records); 2011

  • Bob Livingston at the Kerrville Folk Festival (FestivaLink); 2011

  • Up The Flatland Stairs (Howlin' Dog Records); 2018

With The Lost Gonzo Band

  • The Lost Gonzo Band (MCA); 1972

  • Thrills (MCA); 1976

  • Signs of Life (Capitol); 1978

  • Rendezvous (Vireo); 1991

  • Hands of Time (Vireo); 1995

  • Dead Armadillos (Demon/Edsel); 1998

With Jerry Jeff Walker

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (MCA); 1972

  • Viva Terlingua! (MCA); 1973

  • Walker's Collectibles (MCA); 1974

  • Ridin' High (MCA); 1975

  • It's a Good Night for Singin' (MCA); 1976

  • A Man Must Carry On (MCA); 1977

  • Great Gonzos (MCA); 1991

  • Navaho Rug (Rycodisk); 1991

  • Hill Country Rain (Rycodisk); 1992

  • Viva Luckenbach (Rycodisk); 1993

  • Christmas Gonzo Style (Rycodisk); 1994

  • Night After Night (Tried 'n True); 1995

  • Scamp (Tried 'n True); 1996

  • Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits (Tried 'n True); 1997

  • Lone Wolf: The Best of Jerry Jeff Walker (Elektra); 1998

  • Gypsy Songman (Tried 'n True); 1999

  • Gonzo Stew (Tried 'n True); 2001

  • Too Old to Change (Tried ' True) 2003

  • It's A Good Night For Singin' & Contrary To Ordinary Plus (Raven); 2013

With Michael Martin Murphey

  • Geronimo's Cadillac (A&M); 1972

  • Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (A&M); 1973

With Ray Wylie Hubbard

  • Something About the Night (Renegade); 1979

  • Loco Gringo's Lament (Dejadisc); 1994

With Bobby Bridger

  • Seekers of the Fleece (Golden Egg); 1975

  • Ballad of the West (Golden Egg); 2001

  • Complete Works (Golden Egg); 2004

With Steven Fromholz

  • Steven Fromholz (Capitol); 1977

  • Frummox II (ABC Probe);1982

With Bill Oliver

  • Texas Oasis 1980 (Live Oak)

  • Better Things to Do 1986 (Live Oak)

  • Audubon Adventures 1987 (Live Oak)

  • Have to Have a Habitat 1995 (Live Oak)

  • Friend of the River 2001 (Live Oak)

With Butch Hancock

  • Yella Rose (with Marce Lacouture)(Rainlight); 1985

  • Own & Own (Demon); 1989

  • Own the Way Over Here (Sugar Hill); 1993

With Terry Allen

  • The Moral Minority (Fate); 1995

With Pat Green

  • Carry On (Greenhorse); 2000

  • Three Days (Universal); 2001

With Gary P. Nunn

  • Under My Hat (1996)

Other artists

  • Peter Caulton: Hard Road Tough Country (1998)

  • Cory Morrow: Outside the Lines (2002)

  • Mark David Manders: Highs and Lows (2002)

  • Owen Temple: General Store (1997)

  • Owen Temple: Two Thousand Miles (2007)

  • Larry Joe Taylor: Heart of the Matter (2000)

  • Various Artists Kerrville Folk Festival: Early Years 1972–1981

  • Various Artists: Stranger Than Fiction (1999)

  • Chris Wall: Cowboy Nation (1999)

  • Susan Herndon "All Fall Down" (2012)


Sources:


“Bob Livingston Review: Up the Flatland Stairs.” Cowboys & Indians Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.cowboysindians.com/2018/01/bob-livingston-review-up-the-flatland-stairs/

Bob Livingston (musician). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Livingston_(musician)


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