Folk Legend Bob Lind Teams Up With Rat Bastard on Latest Album

When, in 1966, Bob Lind scored a major pop hit with his song “Elusive Butterfly,” few realized that he was also helping to plow the course for an entirely new genre that would soon be known as “folk rock.” Nearly 50 years on, Lind remains as prolific as ever, having ventured out into theater, journalism, and further recordings that brought about his latest album, Finding You Again.

A 2010 documentary, Bob Lind: Perspective, offered additional insights into the man, but it was his 2013 induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (joining the illustrious company of John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, and Judy Collins) and the fact that more than 200 artists have recorded his songs (Cher, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, the Four Tops, Richie Havens, Nancy Sinatra, and Glen Campbell among them) that truly solidifies his standing as one of the most legendary artists to call South Florida home.

Lind’s upcoming date at Luna Star is one of the few performances fans will see for awhile while he puts the finishing touches on a new album. “It’s good to have a local gig,” he beams. “Performing is the most treasured facet of my career, and it hurts me to go a long time without playing for audiences. It baffles me that [Luna Star] wants me since I'm hardly what you'd call a folksinger in the strict definition of the word.”
Lind speaks most excitedly about his upcoming album, his first new effort in three years, but admits he has some trepidation. “This one will include — for the first time ever in my career — some songs that I'm producing myself,” he notes. “The challenge excites me in both good and bad ways. I'm not a good producer, not 1/90th the producer that Jamie Hoover, who produced Finding You Again, is. But few musical partnerships last forever. I believe the polite phrase is creative differences. I don't even like recording very much. I lack the patience and the finely tuned ear. But I've been left alone to finish the album, and that's what I'm doing. But, as I said before, it keeps me away from the road.”

Nevertheless, Lind does seem pleased with the prospects. “Amazingly, I'm happy with the way it's turning out,” he admits. “I'm lucky to have found some great people. I've fallen in with a host of excellent musicians who respect my work and know how to use their skills to serve it.”

The musicians he speaks of include an unlikely collaborator in the person of Rat Bastard (Frank Falestra), the Miami-based “mad-genius producer” known for a somewhat more insurgent sound. “It turns out he’s a Lind fan and has offered his studio and his topnotch engineering for me at a crazy low price,” Lind explains. “All these people are working for me dirt cheap. I'm ripping them off shamelessly, paying them way below what they're worth. But they're doing it for the love of the songs. To have engineers and players who care and who know how to listen to me when I communicate how I want the song to feel — wow, such a welcome change. They make it a solid joy.”

Bob Lind with John Blosser. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at the Luna Star Cafe, 775 NE 125th St., Miami; 305-799-7123; Admission is $10.
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Lee Zimmerman