Livingston’s musical journey begins in Lubbock, Texas where an encounter with a young Joe Ely transformed his life and set him on a musical journey that has literally taken him around the world as an ambassador of Texas music. A founding member of the Lost Gonzo Band, Livingston performed with some of the biggest names in the progressive country movement of the 1970s, including Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker and Ray Wylie Hubbard, among many others. When the popularity of progressive country began to wane in the 80s, Livingston’s growing fascination with India led to reinventing himself as a musical ambassador. He has since travelled the world for the U.S. State Department performing and teaching the history of folk and country music in more than 30 countries, while continuing to write, record and release brilliant albums like Original Spirit and Gypsy Alibi. Along the way, he has collected stories of his experiences and has developed the keen skills of an adroit storyteller, which are currently culminating in his first book to be published in 2017.
Join co-hosts Stephen Doster and Rick Busby as they spend a mystical and enchanting time with Bob Livingston, hearing his tales and listening to the music he has created and co-created with some of Texas music’s most legendary names in Episode 5 of The Atticus Report: Cosmic Cowboys & Indians.
Each episode of The Atticus Report story surveys the world in search of music that’s good for something. In telling stories of musicians and songwriters, both known and unknown, and their musical experiences, The Atticus Report strives to highlight music that inspires positive engagement and interaction in the world from wherever on the planet it originated, whether in the past or happening right now.
For everyone at The Atticus Report, “music that’s good for something” is music that connects with the listener and inspires positive and creative action in their lives and in the world. It is music that entertains, yet also inspires minds to be open to change, to strive for some greater expression from their own soul and to do what is their’s to do to leave the world in a better place for their having been in it.
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