Holy Bear Crossing: Bobby St. Ours Solo Album Represents the Blue Ridge Spirit

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Robert St. Ours is an old soul. You can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He's an All-American original in the purest sense. He is one of the many things that make America a great land, despite all the thieves and the crooks, the indiscriminate bombs, the wayward missiles, the massive surge of consumption, the wastefulness, the clear cuts and the public forests sold for private profit. Bobby represents not only the beautiful spirit of the land itself, but also a quiet movement of sanity, in respecting and protecting this land. His songs resonate the spirit of resistance in the hearts and minds of the good folk of America. He also explores traditional themes, such as love and loss, in the most heartfelt and profound way.

Live at the Tea Bazaar

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Bobby resides in Nelson County Virginia, a little gem of a county which offers majestic Blue Ridge Mountain peaks, secluded mountain hollows and the most authentic of Appalachian mountain culture, juxtaposed with boutique living, mountaintop condo communities and up-scale bistros. Over thirty years ago John Fogerty became enamored with the mountains of Nelson County and set up shop for a while, living and recording solo albums in one such aforementioned mountain hollow. Throughout the ages and in the face of all challenges, the real mountain culture seems to carry on just fine round here, albeit in less abundance. Bobby, being a part of that culture, is now hand building a home for his wife, son and daughter. Between his employment, home building and family responsibilities, he still finds time to write, perform, and record some of the most relevant and bone-chilling mountain music, which is both timely and timeless.

Bobby is an original founding member of Cha

rlottesville's Hackensaw Boys, a wily, rotating collective of raucous players, and acoustic rippers. The Hackensaw's tore up the American highways for years in a 1964 diesel bus, eventually finding themselves on massive tours with bands such as the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, De La Soul and Cake, just doing their thing, playing the same mountain music they played in hometown divebars. They also have achieved much success in Europe and beyond. Bobby ducked out of the limelight somewhere in the midst of this chaotic shuffle and has settled into family life and the creation of more contemplative and somber sounds. His songs have a classic lyrical quality which is found with few song writers. The world has seen millions come and go but few are remembered. Bobby deserves a space in our cultural memory alongside Hank Williams, A.P.

Carter, John Lennon and Elliot Smith. The songs really are that good.

Holy Bear Bobby St. Ours most recent release

Holy Bear Crossing is a nod to the literal French meaning of Bobby's surname, and an earnest nod to the spirit of the bear who survives in these same hills, in the shadows of the bistros, wineries and gated communities. The album was recorded last year in the Monkeyclaus studio, in Nelson County, Virginia, by Abel Okugawa and Peter Agelasto with assistance from Raphael Snably.

Bobby will be performing next in Charlottesville at the Star Hill Brewery, downstairs, on March 3rd, with Old Crow's Critter Fuqua and his talented brother Philip St. Ours, as support for other Monkeyclaus mountain music favorites "Casa de Chihuahua".

Listen to a recent live set of Bobby playing at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar.

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