Songwriter Bobby Cool Balances Telling A Good Story And Living One Out On New Album Family Time

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Saturday, July 30, 2022

It’s been a long road to here for songwriter Bobby Cool. Just over the last few years, especially during an industry-wide shutdown, Cool found himself working as a janitor, radon inspector, and flooring salesman to make ends meet. Before that, he honed his craft in Athens, Georgia, dive bars before making a move up to Nashville’s club scene. Every step of the way, though, Cool collected bits and pieces of everyday life stuff; memories, anecdotes, tall tales, and true stories. His superpower? Bringing all of those small moments back around and telling them in a way that makes listeners feel as if the tunes were written just for them. Today, Cool released his latest collection of ten well-crafted stories as an album called Family Time. In the vein of Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, and Sturgill Simpson, Cool blends bluegrass, Americana, and country into a rousing, good-time mix of genres that critics and fans alike have already fallen in love with. The Country Note wrote, “Bobby Cool draws the listener in with his down-to-earth style as he writes about the every day,” and, in their premiere of album single “American Dream,” Americana Highways said, “If you allow Bobby Cool to entertain you, you’ll find deep country with strong Southern rural roots in every note. Find nostalgia and hope and a story of family we can all relate to.” Today, Folk N Rock premiered Family Time in its entirety, writing, “The plethora of stories and connections is not the only standout aspect of the album, but the music itself ranges from touching, to uplifting, to something you can even jam out to.”

Throughout Family Time, it’s clear that Cool revels in telling a good story as much as he does in trying to live one out. He sings songs that reach listeners wherever they find themselves in life, touching, healing, and embracing them with music that fills their hearts and reminds them that life’s most important events happen on family time.

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Family Time Tracklist:
American Dream
Waffle House
You In Mind
Waves of Grain
My Love
Perry St. Blues
Join The Party
Battle of the Lion King