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Get to know Bobby Cargill and his music
You’ve heard Bobby Cargill on the radio and perhaps you’ve seen him in person. Great songs like “At the Bottom of a Bottle” and “Ordinary Man” are just two of the songs you’ve heard from this very talented man from Texas.
Let’s get to know Bobby Cargill, his life of music, and how he started singing fine traditional country music and Western swing we all know and love. While you are reading, this link will open in a new window. Visit Bobby Cargill and The Ordinary Man Band on Myspace and listen to his songs while you read.
The Texas ‘Ordinary Man’ Bobby G Cargill is a life long music man. His dream of recording came true and now he can share the enthusiasm he has for country music with an ever growing audience that is finding, listening to and enjoying his first CD, ‘Ordinary Man’. The twelve-song recording is full of well-crafted songs he has written himself and indications are he will have a long career ahead of him as a singer/songwriter.
Reaction to his music has inspired Bobby to dream again about new recording plans in the future. He knows so well that the ‘dream was a long time coming and in a recent Nashville radio interview, Bobby became reflective about how far he has come with his Country Music Dream and how his Family has played such an important part since the beginning.
As a young boy growing up in Texas he still fondly recalls times when he attended country music concerts with his Mother, Bobbie, and, if he was lucky,on occasion he would wait around after the show to get a chance to meet the stars in person. Most memorable to Bobby was the time Conway Twitty spent over five minutes talking with him and sharing his thoughts on life and music. Conway Twitty was an inspiration to Bobby and it made him believe in his own talents to have a career in Country Music.
This same spirit and view on life continues with Bobby as he now encourages younger musicians in pursuit of their dreams. At one of the earliest concerts Bobby can recall, it was not a meeting with a star, but more of an interference with a stage show that makes Bobby laugh in telling friends and in radio interviews. It happened when Bobby was eight years old and was fortunate to be in the first row of an ‘Opry’ style country music show. Bobby had just finished off a bag of popcorn and was soon to find out that he was going to put a ‘pop’ into the show. The theater was packed, and Teddy and Doyle Wilburn were on stage.
The Wilburn Brothers were a very popular duo at the time on Decca Records and headlined shows all over North America. They were also very helpful in the early career of Loretta Lynn. But on this night in Texas, it would be an eight year old Bobby G Cargill who stopped the show. No, he wasn’t entertaining, he was just eating popcorn. As he always did as a kid, he blew air into the bag and without thinking of the show going on, popped it loudly. His Mother quickly banged him on the shoulder to show her displeasure and the Wilburn Brothers, taken aback, interrupted their show and laughed at Bobby’s antics.
Later that week, Bobby heard the Wilburns being interviewed on a popular local country station and heard them re-tell the story. Bobby thought…”so this is show business”. Well, that was Bobby’s first taste of the music ‘biz’, and he liked it very much.
His Mother, Bobbie, influenced Bobby G with her own talents. She had performed in Texas and although would not go on to have any records of her own, as a young girl of thirteen she did grace a stage in Texas, singing a song with the legendary Hall of Fame performer, Bob Wills. Bob Wills is a member of the County Music Hall of Fame and has influenced generations with his sound of Western Swing music. Bob was known on occasion to have local singers get up and sing at his popular dances. On one night for Bobbie Cargill, Bob helped a young girl’s dream become a reality by letting her get up and sing at one of his popular dances in Texas.
Thinking back on those times gone by in his Mother’s music career, it still means a lot to Bobby and he has incorporated “The San Antonio Rose” in his set as a tribute to one of Country Music’s greats.
Bobby likes to tell people about the gracious generosity of Texas legend Bob Wills, and the story about his Mother singing with the Country Music Hall of Fame artist. Bobby is also proud that the G stands for “Gene” as Bobby’s father, Charles, and his mother, Bobbie, named him after one of America’s great western stars, Gene Autry. He came to know of the impact Gene Autry has had on millions of Americans for over fifty years with his box office western movies and many hit records.
Keeping music front and center in his plans, Bobby’s teen years were filled with playing the guitar and thinking about performing on stage. It wasn’t long before it all became a reality and the stage and live audiences in Texas would fill Bobby’s hours with performing and learning the life of a country music singer on the road.
Over time, his ‘honest’ ordinary man nature and his preforming talent became known throughout many areas of Texas. He would find that the occasional one nighters turned into many weekend gigs and as Bobby’s name got around, the dates became four nighters, then regular engagements of five and six nights a week on the Honky Tonk circuit.
His performing took him to well known places like The Stockyards in Fort Worth, and the legendary Billy Bob’s. He soon had bookings in surrounding states as he expanded his audience base.
Now with a wife and growing family, Bobby also learned a trade to put food on the table and with his strong work ethic to support the family, he still continued on with his dreams of Country Music recognition for his songs. During the days he worked as a utility superintendent in the Texas Western Waterworks where he would serve five areas.
Bobby Cargill got to know hundreds of people, heard about their ups and downs in life, and he recalls how on occasion he would even pay a water bill of a stranger after hearing of their life conditions. He also recalls that they always paid him back. On the other hand, and even more memorable in reflection was the time when he found himself running back to the safety of his truck when faced with another ‘gun toting’ waterworks customer who had removed the official water meter.
During his many years on the job, he never stopped singing and performing and would often take his work clothes to the Honky Tonk engagements and then change his clothes and work into the night to cover his hundred-mile territory. Each day he would start all over again. Bobby now looks back on those ‘good old tired days’ and wonders where he got the energy to do this week in and week out.
It is this ‘person to person’ lifestyle dedication and his undaunted spirit that would lead him to the creativity that would deliver material for his own CD. Bobby’s recording debut is loaded with twelve songs of communication and caring and it shows his songwriting talent. Bobby gives credit to the many shows he once played and looks on them as being times of immense value in creating a ‘Texas Country Music’ experience for him that led him to understand those in his audience, their hopes and dreams and their heartaches as well.
As a songwriter, Bobby now found himself capable of crafting meaningful songs that touch many lives. When it finally came time to record, Bobby had a wealth of material and a philosophy to go along with the songs. It is best expressed in the title track, “Ordinary Man”. This song is about life, and about the lives and times of countless men and women who love country music and making their way in life as best they can.
When Bobby looks back on his life, the times through which he has lived are not unlike that of so many others. His childhood and his family shaped his future. What if his parents and grandparents had not encouraged him? What seemed small at the time in getting a guitar at four or five years old, turned out to be a major turning point in his musical upbringing and has brought him to a recording career. How could his grandfather, Walter, know how much it would help Bobby’s future career when, at seven years old, he received the blessing of more music in his life by getting that first piano from his grandfather?
Bobby and family members went on to fill their home with the sounds of traditional country songs and church music, and like so many other young dreamers in America, it sent Bobby on his own personal quest of creativity. Today, Bobby is is working hard at his dream of music with continued high hopes for the future. He loves singing his songs to an ever-growing audience and is excited to be writing and planning for new recordings to follow his debut.