Bob Livingston

Releases: Up The Flatland Stairs (2018),Bob Livingston at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2011), Gypsy Alibi (2011), Original Spirit (2008), Cowboys & Indians (2007), Everything is All Right (2004), Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull (2003), Open the Window (1996), Signs of Life (1988), Waking Up (1981)
Years at MusicFest: 2

Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston has never been a traditional country musician even though he’s spent more than his fair share of time on the Texas roadhouse circuit. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, Livingston toured and recorded with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” He has seen a lot of the world since growing up in musically fertile West Texas. Hailing originally from San Antonio, he moved to Lubbock as a boy where his interests turned more ‘Cosmic’ than ‘Cowboy,’ prompting him to delve into the music and mysteries of many cultures. Traveling since the 1980’s as a Music Ambassador for the US State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Africa, Vietnam and the Middle East demonstrating again and again the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world. These tours earned him the honor of being appointed, “Ambassador of Goodwill,” by the State of Texas and “Austin’s International Music Ambassador,” by the City of Austin. His 2011 release on Wilderness Records Gypsy Alibi won “Album of the Year” at the Texas Music Awards. These days, Livingston is a busy man. While playing over 180 shows a year, he is also writing a memoire for Texas Tech Press, performing with a multi-cultural band from Texas and India called Cowboys & Indians and is recording a new album with Howlin’ Dog Records called Up The Flatland Stairs. In a live performance with Bob Livingston, one finds a veteran singer-songwriter and a master storyteller who captures his audience from the first notes played. Welcome back to MusicFest and a hint to all – catch the Livingston & Nunn acclaimed collaboration at the The Chief Theater.

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