Singer-songwriter BOB LIVINGSTON has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life, even though he's spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful musicians in Texas. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the designation of 'Live Music Capital of the World'. Achieving recognition in their own right, the Gonzo’ self-titled debut record was named by 'Rolling Stone', "one of the best albums ever to come out of Austin." Livingston has seen a lot of the world since growing up in musically fertile West Texas. Hailing originally from Lubbock, his interests were more 'Cosmic' than 'Cowboy' and have prompted him to delve into the music and mysteries of many cultures. Traveling since the 80’s as a Music Ambassador for the US State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, demonstrating again and again the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world. As Livingston says, 'When all else fails, music prevails'. This philosophy earned him the honor of being appointed, 'Austin’s International Music Ambassador', in 2010 by the Austin City Council. This world-traveled view was reflected in his album, 'Mahatma Gandhi and Sitting Bull', released in 2004 and named by the Austin American-Statesman as one of the year’s Top 10 CDs. With his new CD, Gypsy Alibi, Livingston presents a mixed bag of folk-rock, Americana, country, rock-a-billy with an epic or two thrown in. Co-produced by Lloyd Maines, Gypsy Alibi, promises radio stations of all genres something to program. Such disparate songs as Ruby's Shoes, Country & Western Swing, Dance Like It's A Holiday and the Android's Lament show the versatility of this cosmic cowboy. Livingston also leads a multi-cultural group of musicians from Texas and India called Cowboys & Indians and he’s turning the concept into a full fledged musical play. Also on the creative horizon is a documentary film that Livingston and his son, Tucker, are editing about their tours for the State Department their tours in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. This veteran singer-songwriter and a master storyteller captures his audience from the first notes played. Livingston extends an irresistible invitation to travel down the musical highways and rutted back country roads where fate has taken him over the years. An unforgettable album of Texas music and tales of how it came to be, lies just down the road…
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