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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Country singer Bart Crow is coming to the area

  • Bart Crow is proud as punch of his latest  CD, “Dandelion,” and plans  to plan a lot of songs from it Saturday during his visit to Twister’s, 134 S. Highway 69.

    “We’ve been in Kansas before, but this is our first trip to Pittsburg,” Crow said during a telephone interview from his home in Austin, Texas.

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  • Bart Crow is proud as punch of his latest  CD, “Dandelion,” and plans  to plan a lot of songs from it Saturday during his visit to Twister’s, 134 S. Highway 69.
    “We’ve been in Kansas before, but this is our first trip to Pittsburg,” Crow said during a telephone interview from his home in Austin, Texas.
    He said that he plays about 200 shows a year.
    “I like performing  live best,” he said. “It’s the least amount of work. We just go out there, let it fly and have a good time.”
    Crow probably spends the most work on  his writing.
    “All the songs we sing I either wrote or co-wrote,” he said. “It starts with the pen and notebook. That was always my focus — writing as much as I could. In fact, I make writing 10 times harder than it needs to be because I’m so hard on myself.”
    That all started back when he was a student at Tarleton State University in  Stephenville, Texas, where he took his first real steps as a performer. He also kept a journal during his service in  the U.S. Army, and said he made songs from some of the entries in it. Finally he told a good friend, Jason Boland, that he had a book of songs he’d been writing and wanted to try his hand at performing them.
    “Jason said, ‘Why not? We have the rest of our lives to be old and boring’,” Crow said.
    So he went for it and was booked for an acoustic show at the  Agave Bar in Stephenville.
    “A lot of my friends from school showed up, and that was it,” Crow said. “The fuse was lit.”
    He said that he tries to do good country music, and some things that are a little more edgy.
    “I write a lot of heartache songs and a lot of love songs,” Crow said. “I try to keep Brooke, my wife, happy with the love songs.”
    His wife has been with him through lean times, when he juggled day jobs and whatever work he could get playing at night.
    “We moved to Austin with a lot of prayer and a lot of  fear and $2,250 between us,” Crow said. “I didn’t have a CD out or a booking agent, but I figured I controlled my destiny. Even in the days when we were broke, I knew that if we would play the right songs and do the right things, people would come see us. Then the money, the merchandise sales, the popularity would follow.”
    Now he has a team to handle business, and a successful CD in “Dandelion,’ leaving him free to write and sing songs.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I’ve got a lot more songs, and maybe we’ll go back in the studio and have another CD out around the middle or end of next year,” Crow said.
    For now, he’s enjoying traveling from show to show with his four-piece band.
    “It’s drums, bass, guitar and me,” he said. “They’re really good dudes and play their instruments well.”
    He’s hoping to make lots of new friends and fans in Pittsburg.
    “I think our show will have something for everybody,” Crow said. “We’re really pretty PG. There’s a place for raunch and boy talk, but that place is not on stage, in my  opinion.”
    He also hopes that Saturday won’t be his last time in Pittsburg.
    “Anywhere they let us come to play, I hope they want us back,” Crow said.
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