A touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio, the host of The Bobby Bones Show, one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation.
Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out - a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station, broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ.
Bobby's passions were pop, country music, and comedy, and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry, heard by millions daily. Bobby broke the format of standard country radio, mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.
Yet despite the glamour, fame, and money, Bobby has never forgotten his roots: the mom and grandmother who raised him; the work ethic he embraced, which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world; and the good values that shaped him. In this funny, poignant memoir told in Bobby's distinctive patter, he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio. Bobby doesn't shy away from the curves he continues to navigate - including his obsessive-compulsive disorder - on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family.
Funny and tender, raw and honest, Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones - surprising, entertaining, inspiring, and authentic.
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I enjoyed hearing your story and connected with many parts of the book Thank you for sharing there are a lot of people that struggle with addictions and they don't always get to hear the side of the children I'm proud of you for being aware of what addiction can do and not becoming a part of the statistic.
So glad you read this book and not someone else. I listen to your radio show every morning on my 1.5 hr commute to work. Even though I have never met any of the Bobby Bones family...you feel like my friends and I love hearing your stories every morning. I was very interested in this book as you only reveal little snipits about yourself on theradio...so I have always been curious. Thank you for sharing your life with us!!!
I have been listening to the Bobby Bones radio show for about 6 years. There are days that I feel as if I'm joining up with my best friends when I turn on the podcast. It was a necessity to get this book as an audio book because I had to hear Bobby's voice tell me the stories. It makes me sad that Bobby will probably never have a normal healthy relationship but I hope that one day his hurts heal and he puts work second to his happiness.
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