‘Uncle Bobby’s Record’ is a private press gem from folk artist Bob Gebelien. Put this record on the turntable and you’ll be transported to a Greenwich village coffee house in the era of Dave Van Ronk and Bob Dylan. As Bob was working on the album, his neices began referring to it as ‘Uncle Bobby’s Record’ and thus it received its title.
While the sound is endearing in its stripped down approach, deeper listening to his societal commentary on a song like ‘Civilized Blues’ reveals a surprisingly punk kind of edge. Uncle Bobby is to be taken more seriously than you thought when initially hearing his quaint folky strumming. Uncle Bobby doesn’t care what you think, he’s just being himself.
Discussions with Colombia Records never panned out for Bob, but listening to this album it isn’t difficult to imagine a parallel universe in which he ended up on the 60’s folk Mount Rushmore.