By Gary Voorhies
in a string of small Texas panhandle towns, Bobby Pinson is the
son of a high school football coach and an elementary school
teacher. Collectively the towns were "50 miles past the
middle of nowhere in the land of wind and dirt. Where football
was life, Dad was boss and Christ was King," Pinson said.
and songwriter Shel Silverstein fascinated Pinson as a child.
This led him to competition in the Texas Universal
Interscholastic League (UIL), which sponsors storytelling and
writing contests. Pinson recalled that when he was a third
grader they'd read a story, and then "they'd call your name
and you would have to tell that story back in three minutes. The
child with the most descriptive story and most animated
performance won." He participated in UIL throughout high
you get older, it's poetry, prose, extemporaneous speaking, and
then dramatic interpretation. Over the years, I have
incorporated those storytelling skills into my singing style and
stage presence," Pinson said.
starting writing songs after graduating from high school. He
soon joined the Army and incorporated music into his military
service, playing for Army base events. After his discharge,
Pinson said he moved to Nashville in 1996 with a "sack full
of songs that weren't worth packing."
two publishing deals and years of effort, he began to get cuts
by acts including LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton and Marty Stuart.
Next, Pinson started to play artist/writer showcases around
Joe Scaife heard Pinson and agreed to produce when he later
signed with RCA Records. Pinson's debut album, Man Like Me,
was released on May 17. It's an album Pinson described as a mix
of Country roots, rock 'n' roll energy and down-to-earth lyrics,
giving the feel of "a John Deere tractor with an airplane
you could go back in time what year/era would you visit and why?
"The years that Jesus was on earth. I've hung with Jesus,
but never in person."
you have a lucky charm? "Buck, my lucky straw hat."
you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
"Gutter and Grace."
is your dream duet partner and why? "Bruce Springsteen and
Steve Earle . Those are the guys that I hope would hear my
records and say 'Yeah Man, Hell Yeah!'"
instrument do you wish you could play? "Cello and Jew's
they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people
say about you? "Bobby Pinson treated people right. He was
colorful, passionate, sincere and loyal to his wife. He was a
pain in the butt and he still owes me twenty bucks, but he was
does Country Music mean to you? "Country Music is the
soundtrack to my life. Country songs have busted me up and fixed
me. I want to write and sing my song in hopes of doing to
someone what Country Music has done to me. Country Music is
lovin', losin', chasin', stayin', leavin', cheatin', learnin',
drinkin', laughin', cryin', dancin', drivin', hurtin', healin',
missin' and movin' on!"
the Web: www.bobbypinson.com
2005 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.