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About Bobby Bones
Radio DJ. Stand-up comedian. Best-selling author. Chart-topping recording artist. TV personality. Philanthropist. Bobby Bones has built his career on the ability to multi-task, turning humor, honesty, and hard work into a self-made business empire.
Long before launching "The Bobby Bones Show"- the largest morning show in country radio- Bones grew up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas. It was a pint-sized town, supported by a saw mill that employed most of the area's residents. Bones had a different career in mind, though, landing his first radio job as a college student and, during the years that followed, bouncing between a handful of pop, hip-hop, and sports stations.
When "The Bobby Bones Show" - which launched in Austin, quickly establishing itself as the city's top-rated morning show - moved to Nashville and became a nationally-syndicated radio program in 2012, Bones' career hit hyperdrive. Country music was in his blood. He'd grown up with the stuff. Country music had expanded its boundaries since Bones' days in Mountain Pine, too, taking some inspiration from pop music and hip-hop along the way. No other DJ was better prepared to tackle that growing genre - a genre now reaching a new generation of fans who'd grown up with MTV, Napster, and the internet - than Bobby Bones. His impact hasn't gone unnoticed. He's since garnered prestigious accolades including a CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and is a two-time recipient of the National Personality Award from the ACMs. He's also become the youngest ever inductee into the National Radio Hall Of Fame, joining radio legends such as Dick Clark, Howard Stern and more.
Overseeing a daily radio show requires teamwork, and Bobby has built his own team from the ground up, reaching out to friends and former interns - including longtime co-hosts Lunchbox and Amy - to join him in the studio. A strong family dynamic anchors "The Bobby Bones Show," where visiting artists are encouraged to let their guard down and become, as Bobby says, "the most human version of themselves." There's no pageantry, no showbiz, no smoke and mirrors. Instead, Bones treats everyone like a member of the family, pulling real emotion out of the genre's biggest stars.
Of course, all of that teamwork and collaboration hasn't stopped him from regularly hitting the stage alone as a stand-up comedian. It's a job he's enjoyed since his teenage years. It continues to be a welcome challenge, too, putting Bones face-to-face with his audience and eliminating his cast of on-air sidekicks.
"I'm up there alone, telling stories from my life and sharing observations from my warped mind," he says. "It's all about honesty and awkwardness. I can't react to something my partner has just said, because there's no one else up there with me. I love the challenge. I love running the risk of failing at something, because if you fail, at least it means you're trying." 2017 saw Bones launch his wildly successful "Funny & Alone Stand Up Comedy Tour" with more than 20 sellouts across the country. In 2018, he will again hit the road bringing a brand new show and plenty of new jokes to his fans with the "Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour." For full info and dates, go to www.BobbyBonesComedy.com
Bones shares a similar mix of personal stories and off-the-wall anecdotes in his first book, "Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book." Published in 2016, the book topped several best-sellers lists upon its release, including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. With his recently announced second book, "Fail Until You Don't: Fight. Grind. Repeat." Bones hopes to deliver an inspirational (and humorous) collection of stories about his biggest misses in life, and how he turned them into lessons and wins. He'll include ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures. Also look out for anecdotes from some of his famous friends, who open up about their own missteps. Available beginning June 19, 2018, you can pre-order the book now at www.FightGrindRepeat.com
With a consistent aim to give back, Bones' charitable efforts have helped raise millions for needy children, shelter animals, hospital patients, and victims of natural disasters. From his annual "Pimpin Joy" movement on "The Bobby Bones Show" to his work with organizations like Musicians On Call, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the National Humane Society, Bones has encouraged a high level of charitable involvement amongst his listeners, while also walking the walk himself.
"I'm not doing it so people can pat me on the back," he says. "I'm doing it because others did it for me. If I hadn't received a ton of help growing up, like church groups bringing us food, I wouldn't be here."
Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, the comedy-country band founded by Bones and his "Bobby Bones Show" sidekick, Eddie, started off as an excuse to play a handful of lighthearted songs at local charity events quickly snowballed into a genuine musical project, with multiple sold-out shows and studio collaborations with singers like Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Brad Paisley. Bones, who co-writes the band's material and handles lead vocals, insists that the Raging Idiots aren't meant to be taken too seriously. "Just look at our name!" he says, laughing. "We're idiots! Don't take us seriously, please." That didn't stop the band's first release, The Critics Give It 5 Stars, from becoming a crossover smash, topping the Billboard Comedy Chart and debuting at Number 4 on the Country Chart. Another release - The Raging Kidiots EP, a children's project aimed at younger listeners - spent two weeks at Number 1 on the iTunes Kids Chart. The Raging Idiots also released a full-length album titled Kiddy Up that debuted at #1. Serious or not, the Raging Idiots have become seriously popular.
Bones, too, has become increasingly popular since taking that first radio job in Arkansas with an audience of more than 9 million. He still kicks off every weekday morning as a radio host, but he's become much more than that, maintaining a multimedia presence that reaches beyond the FM airwaves. He's on your TV, on the air, on your bookshelf, in your CD player and onstage. He's Bobby Bones, and he isn't going anywhere.
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bare Bones, host of the marquee morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,” comedian and dedicated philanthropist delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.
Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern. As "the most powerful man in country music" (Forbes), he has reached the peak of his profession and achieved his childhood dreams. Each weekday morning, more than five million fans tune in to his radio show.
But as Bobby reveals, a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility. In this eye-opening book, he’ll include ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures. He also includes anecdotes from some of his famous friends—Andy Roddick, Chris Stapleton, Charlamagne Tha God, Charles Esten, Brooklyn Decker, Walker Hayes and Asa Hutchinson—who open up about their own missteps.
Bobby’s mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. A man who refuses to give up, he sees failure as something to learn from—and the recollections in this funny, smart book, full of Bobby’s brand of self-effacing humor, show how he’s become such a beloved goofball.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
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.