CD Review: Gypsy Alibi – Bob Livingston – New Wilderness Records

I was both honored and excited when asked to review Bob Livingston’s new CD entitled “Gypsy Alibi”. Bob Livingston was an important part of the Cosmic Cowboy movement which emerged, in Austin Texas, as an alternative to the corporate music Giants of the 1970’s. The Cosmic Cowboy movement combined the Peace and Love aspects of the Hippie with the free spirited and romantic nature of the Hill Country cowboy. The Cosmic Cowboy era had enormous influence on me and in no small part, influenced an entire generation. Bob Livingston’s new CD “Gypsy Alibi” will awaken memories in those fortunate enough to have survived the 70’s as well as sculpting new and equally influential memories in generations to come.

Some artists transcend the mundane with pure Genius – Bob Livingston is one of those artists.

Great songwriters take the mundane aspects of daily human existence and glean from them the stuff that we as music fans live to hear. While listening to Bob Livingston’s latest offering “Gypsy Alibi” I was transported to a simpler time in my youth, recalling memories and emotions I haven’t experienced in years. From the story of Ruby, a little girl showing Bob a shortcut to the sun in “Ruby’s Shoes” to the infectious Rockabilly Groove of “Middle Ages Rockabilly Blues” to the title track “Gypsy Alibi” – there ain’t a runt in the litter. Bob Livingston’s approach to story telling could only be derived from a life rich in experience with close attention paid to aspects often overlooked by most.

Bob Livingston performs Ruby's Shoes on Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Recorded live at The Hideaway in Houston Texas on August 25, 2010

While authoring most of the tracks on “Gypsy Alibi” Bob does share credit with some other fine artists, such as:

John Hadley, David Gilstrap, Reade Wood, Penelope Davies, Susan Herndon, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty and Bob’s son Tucker Livingston.

Gypsy Alibi” was produced by Lloyd Maines & Bob Livingston for Texas Music International. (

"For me, Bob Livingston’s “Gypsy Alibi” is an addition to my music collection that I am proud to own and meeting Bob was an honor that will forever live in my bank of fond memories"

By Chris Harkness for MM55productions

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Comment by chris sweeney on December 4, 2010 at 7:17pm
Chris - Nice review. It's hard to explain the Cosmic Cowboy movement to those who weren't there. Bob Livingston definitely had an important part in it.
Comment by Georgeanne on December 6, 2010 at 9:45am
This is a great review Chris! I have this CD and am playing it constantly! My favorite songs are 'Android's Lament' and 'Ghost of Vicksburg'.... as you so many words....each song on the CD is better than the last... This is going to be the sound track of my life every day for a long time.
Comment by Barbara Bruederlin on December 8, 2010 at 7:51am
I have to admit I don't know Bob Livingston, but listening to the video I can certainly hear how he has influenced other musicians. Thanks for this.
Comment by Patterson Barrett on December 10, 2010 at 4:54am

Bob Livingston has a been a vital ingredient to Michael Murphey's best period of performing and songwriting (Cowboy stuff not withstanding) and for years an integral part of Jerry Jeff Walker's music and live shows. Perhaps without even knowing it, he influenced me to move to Austin and be a part of the music scene here, and for that I will be forever grateful. His music and musicianship is as warm and welcoming now as it has ever been, as demonstrated in his continuing live performances and on this new collection. Check it out!

Comment by Brad Boyer on December 10, 2010 at 7:36am

Really great video... I love to hear artists who helped shape the musical landscape as it exists today. Especially, the ones who don't get enough credit for there contributions from the general public. Bob Livingston is GREAT!! Thanks Chris

Comment by chris sweeney on December 13, 2010 at 7:24pm

I had to dig up some old stuff to share....



Comment by Chris Harkness on December 13, 2010 at 7:35pm

Very cool Chris!!!

Comment by Bob Livingston on December 21, 2010 at 8:05pm

Thanks Chris and thanks everyone for responding.  I'll be on the road all year supporting this record, as it were. It took us awhile to make and we're all proud of it.  Especially Uncle Silas.   Please help spread the word about it to all your friends, saddle pals, radio djs, uncles, aunts, dogs and cats!


And...have a Cool Cule whilst yer at it!


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