Bobby Bare Jr. On What He Learned from Strippers

Bobby Bare Jr.'s new album Undefeated is a mixed bag stylistically, jumping from power pop to R&B, punk rock to cosmic Krautrock, but at its core the 47-year-old songwriter says it's "all country." Born to Country Hall of Famer Bobby Bare and singer Jeanie Bare, his Western roots make perfect sense: he grew up next to Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and was mentored by Shel "A Boy Named Sue" Silverstein.

Something must have got in there. For all its genre-defying diversity, Bare keeps his lyrical focus steady: Undefeated is implicitly about getting dumped. How's that for country?

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.