2011
The year began with Bridger having surgery and extensive post-surgical occupational therapy to deal with the reoccurrence of the repetitive-stress syndrome known as “trigger fingers”, a condition in which the fingers lock in the curled position. Immediately after the recovery period and therapy sessions Bridger performed what he expected to be his final performance of Seekers of the Fleece in Central Texas at the lovely and intimate Arts Cottage on the Rock C Ranch in Smithville. The very next month, however, Bridger performed what would be his last actual Central Texas performance of “Seekers” at the Downtown Marble Theater in Marble Falls, Texas. In June, Bobby, son Gabriel, and guitar master, John Inmon performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival and gave what legendary impresario and festival founder Rod Kennedy declared as one of Bridger’s “best-ever” Kerrville sets. Immediately after the Kerrville set Bridger departed on yet another summer tour of the American west. Bridger performed Seekers of the Fleece July 2 for an audience of 600 in Saratoga, Wyoming before heading to Ft. Bridger, Wyoming, where he gave his last public performance of Seekers of the Fleece on July 4. Friends and fans came from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, and Georgia to attend the final performance of the epic ballad. Later, on July 9th gave a private last performance of “Seekers” for over 100 members of the National Bridger Family Association who –at Bridger’s personal invitation- had come from all over America to hold their annual family reunion at Ft. Bridger. After the performance Bridger gave his coyote headdress and beaded buckskin costume to the State of Wyoming and Ft. Bridger for them to create a small museum display of A Ballad of the West at Ft. Bridger. After 39 years and thousands of performances all over the world, Bridger ended live performances of his prototype epic ballad Seekers of the Fleece. After Bridger returned from this important milestone he went to work on the final preparation for the publication of Where the Tall Grass Grows: Becoming Indigenous and the Mythological Legacy of the American West by Fulcrum Books. When the book was published in October, Bridger embarked on a 6,000 tour in support of the book, taking him to New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, and Colorado before returning to Texas. Renowned music journalist Arthur Wood wrote a wonderful review of the book in United Kingdom’s premiere alternative music magazine, Maverick, and the book also had an outstanding review in Indian Country Today and the magazine further honored the book by suggesting it for gift-giving during the 2011 holiday season. The book also made it to the number 4 position on the “Best Seller” non-fiction list at Austin’s famous Book People bookstore in November. On December 3, Bridger and John Inmon performed Part Three of A Ballad of the West, Lakota, at the 14 Pews Theater in Houston and began to plan future shows of the piece with Inmon accompanying Bridger.

    2010
The first quarter of 2010 was devoted to working on the manuscript Where the Tall Grass Grows: Becoming Indigenous and the Mythological Legacy of the American West. In March, Bridger recruited his old pals, the original Lost Gonzo Band (Gary P. Nunn, Bob Livingston, and John Inmon) and they performed for the National Democratic Fundraising committee’s Houston kick-off of the Bill White for Texas gubernatorial campaign. In mid-May, Bridger was invited to perform for the final week of the filming of a pilot for a television reality show, The Real American Cowboy, being shot at the famous T-Bone Ranch in Antonito, Colorado. In May Bridger also learned he had 4 songs in the running for the “Best 100 Western Songs” of the Western Writers of America. In late May Bridger announced that he was retiring performances of Seekers of the Fleece July 4, 2011 at Ft. Bridger, Wyoming. In June Bridger attended the Western Writers of America convention in Knoxville, Tennessee and participated in the symposium panel, Writing Western Songs. After Knoxville, Bridger lectured and performed for the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Scholarship Program serving first generation college students from 29 counties in eastern Kentucky. In late July Bridger headed to Omaha to perform at the famous Joslyn Art Museum before returning to Houston and work on the “Tall Grass” manuscript. In early October Bridger headed to California for Nick Meagher’s annual Wild West “fringe” event of the Lone Pine Film Festival. Bridger performed in Grass Valley, California at Homer Willis’s Tin House Gallery before heading to Carson City, Nevada for a performance at the Carson City Public Library. The year was completed working on the “Tall Grass” manuscript.

    2009
2009 began with Bridger returning to his home region for a January tour of fifteen small North Louisiana towns sponsored by the North Louisiana Arts Council. Immediately after the very successful North Louisiana tour, Bridger attended the annual convention of the International Folk Alliance, in February, where he showcased A Ballad of the West. March was an exceptional month as the University of Texas Press published Bobby’s autobiography, Bridger, which contained a DVD disc with a trailer for Peter Wilson’s documentary film, Quest of an Epic Balladeer, based on Bobby’s life and work, and a three-song sample of the DVD of A Ballad of the West. In late March the Western Writers of America announced that Bridger’s script for the DVD of A Ballad of the West was a finalist for the organization’s prestigious “Silver Spur” award for Best Documentary film of 2009. In June Bridger attended the Western Writer’s of America’s annual convention in Oklahoma City and also signed a publishing contract with Fulcrum Publishing for a new book on “American identity” and spent much of the latter half of the year working on that manuscript and touring. In October, the ultra-modern Robinson Film Center and Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport hosted the prototype of Bridger’s concept of a film festival based on A Ballad of the West with “American Heroes: a Western Film Festival.”

    2008
On December 21, 2008, Winter Solstice, editing of the DVD of A Ballad of the West was completed; Bobby's theatrical mentor, Dale Wasserman passed away on the very same day. In late November Bridger's presentation The Mythological Legacy of the American West: A Lecture with Music was offered for the University of Texas/Austin's "Lamp University", an organization of professors and professionals dedicated to continued learning. Also in late November Bridger lectured and performed as part of a joint exhibition of Gordon Smith's collection of American Indian artifacts by Houston's Museum of Natural Science and Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. On November 4th Bridger performed for the Sedona, Arizona Democratic Party's election night party for the Presidential election of 2008. Bridger also completed a four-day run of A Ballad of the West at Sedona's Canyon Moon Theater and was featured in Sedona Monthly. In October Bridger played the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, California for the third time. In August Bridger was invited to perform for the dedication of a heroic statue of Jim Bridger at the entrance of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. In July Bridger was invited to act as MC and perform for the concert on the national mall featuring Daryl Hannah and Danny Glover to welcome American Indians arrival in Washington DC following the Longest Walk Two. On July 4th Bridger was part of Nick Meagher's "Wild West" celebration for troops at Ft. Hood, Texas. In June Bridger performed Seekers of the Fleece at an Athens, Georgia movie theater as a double feature with Robert Redford's Jeremiah Johnson. Bridger played the Kerrville Folk Festival in June and spent most of the spring working on the index to his autobiography, Bridger. In February Bridger was featured on the popular PBS History Series, American Experience's production, Buffalo Bill.

    2007
In December Bridger delivered the final draft of his memoir Bridger: An Autobiography to the University of Texas Press. In November Roundup Magazine asked Bridger to review an anthology of poetry titled Open Range. September and October of 2007 were devoted to a tour that began at Mike Blakely's Fandango in Luckenbach, Texas, and then moved to Lone Pine, California for the annual film festival there; the tour continued in Appalachian regions that culminated in a return performance of Seekers of the Fleece at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, and a performance of Lakota on Americana Crossroads that was later broadcast on 30 NPR affiliates around the country. Bridger also was on tour throughout April, 2007 beginning with a performance/lecture of Seekers of the Fleece at Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and ended with Bridger as a principle speaker at the 26th Annual Neihardt Conference in Bancroft, Nebraska with noted Lakota author, Joseph Marshall. Much of February and March were devoted to editing the forthcoming DVD boxed set of A Ballad of the West, work on the final draft of the autobiography, and working with the team creating the rules and regulations for the Western Writers of America's first Silver Spur Award for "Best Song". Bridger also served as a judge for the Silver Spur "Audio Book" award for the Western Writers of America. In January, 2007 a first draft of Becoming Indigenous: Essays and Interviews 1989-2007 was submitted to University of Texas Press.

    2006
In January Bridger performs at the Houston Museum of Arts and Crafts to initiate their exhibit of cowboy arts and crafts. In April Bridger marks his second appearance on the Houston International Festival. In June Bridger creates www.myspace.com/bobbybridger to augment the August launching of the newly-designed www.bobbybridger.com. Also in June, to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Bridger performs Heal In The Wisdom with members of the Austin Symphony conducted by Maestro David Amram. In June Bridger also attends in the Western Writers of America convention in Cody, Wyoming and participates in two symposium panels: Mountain Men of the Upper Rockies, and Writing About Buffalo Bill. Also in June Bridger performs for the University of Michigan's History and English Department's summer programs on the university's Wyoming campus in Jackson. On July 4 Bridger performs Seekers of the Fleece for the dedication of the newly-designed museum at Fort Bridger Historical Site. In October Bridger headlines the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival, and appears on the cover of Western Writers of America's monthly periodical, Roundup. Also in October Bridger is interviewed on camera for the PBS series American Experience documentary film about Wm. F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. In November Bridger submits his autobiography, Seeking History's Heartsong, to University of Texas Press. In December Bridger performs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the touring exhibition The Modern West.

    2005
Bridger performs Seekers of the Fleece at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky; Bridger performs on the syndicated radio program, Red Barn Radio; Bridger interviews with documentary film producer, Ed Commons film, The Bighorn Project; Bridger performs Lakota at Galveston’s 1894 Grand Opera House.

    2004
British film producer, Peter Wilson, intiates production of an hour-long documentary, Quest Of An Epic Balladeer, based on Bridger’s life and work: Fred Carter, Jr. Dale Wasserman, Vine DeLoria, Jr., Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Max Evans, Rod Kennedy, Cactus Pryor, Joe Sears, John Inmon, Bob Livingston and John T. Davis were among the people interviewed; Bridger, Peter Wilson and Nick Meagher produce a digital video production of A Ballad of the West at Meagher’s T-Bone Ranch in Antonito, Colorado. The shoot features founding Lost Gonzo Band memebers, John Inmon and Bob Livingston; Bridger plays Nick Meagher’s Wild West in Denver with Cowboy poet, Baxter Black and Blackfeet balladeer, Jack Gladstone; Bridger performs for Wyoming Historical Associations annual ‘trek’ at Ft. Bridger; Bridger returns to perform at the Ft. Bridger Rendezvous (his 14th appearance there); Bridger performs for Wyoming State Parks Association; Wild West Magazine publishes Bridger’s essay, “The Showman and the Shaman” as it’s December issue cover story. An interview with Candy Moulton is also featured in the issue.

    2003
Bridger completes a 7,000 mile, 9 state, sixteen city tour in support of Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West; Verio Records releases Mahatma Ghandi and Sitting Bull, by Bob Livingston. Bridger and Livingston co-wrote the title song and “Cowboys and Indians” as part of Livingston’s “Ragabilly Opera”, “Cowboys and Indians”; Bridger is invited to speak at the 31st Annual Symposium of the Native American in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The topic: Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West; Bridger reads and performs at the South Texas Book Fair in Beeville, Texas; Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing the Wild West wins Forward Magazine’s Gold Award as the Best Biography of 2002; Bridger’s one man shows of A Ballad of the West completes a fourth consecutive season in repertory in Cody, Wyoming; Bridger is the principle speaker at the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Nebraska. The theme: Neihardt, Buffalo Bill and the Mythology of the Trans-Missouri; Bridger is the featured presenter on CSpan/Booknotes reading from his award-winning book; Bridger is a featured performer on the Louisiana Folklife Festival in Monroe, Louisiana.

    2002
Bridger continues producing his one man show of A Ballad of the West at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming; Bridger begins teaching A Ballad of the West at the University of Texas. The course, Manifest Destiny and Environment: Fur Trade to Globalization. The University of Texas Press publishes Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West; Bridger is invited to participate in a panel (Men, Mountains and Mayhem) and perform on the Texas Book Fair. The panel is broadcast numerous times nationally on CSpan/Booknotes; Bridger is a featured performer on Nick Meagher's Wild West in Antonito, Colorado; Bridger joins an illustrious panel at the Western History Association's national convention in Ft. Worth. The theme: "Buffalo Bill: A Work in Progress"; Golden Egg Records releases Songs From A Ballad of the West.

    2001
aballadofthewest.com is launched to accompany the four-disc CD set; Bridger/ Golden Egg Records joins the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS); Bridger is mentioned in a feature on Buffalo Bill in USA TODAY. A Ballad of the West receives a wonderful review in Texas Monthly Magazine; A Ballad of the West receives a wonderful feature/review in the Houston Press; A Ballad of the West opens its second season in repertory at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming.

    2000
Bridger returns to Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming and runs A Ballad of the West in repertory from June-August; shoots digital video of all three parts of A Ballad of the West at various historic locations in Wyoming; A & E Cable Network films Bridger's performance of Seekers of the Fleece at Fort Bridger Rendezvous; A & E interview airs. A four-disc CD set of A Ballad of the West is released the last week of December 2000.

    1999
National Public Radio's River City Folk features Bridger in an hour-long special of interview and performance; Bridger begins recording Pahaska and Lakota; Bridger performs in the Black Hills at the High Plains Heritage Center and a encore performance on the Heritage of the High Plains radio program; Bridger completes his biography on Buffalo Bill; Bridger begins plans to return to Cody, Wyoming with a Y2K summer-long run of the trilogy A Ballad of the West in repertory; Golden Egg Records lays groundwork to begin global digital distribution of products via the Internet; Golden Egg Records prepares for a May 2000 simultaneous release of Seekers of the Fleece, Pahaska and Lakota on compact disc.

    1998
Bridger enters "cyberspace" with the creation of the website, www.bbridger.com; the Kerrville Folk Festival celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Bridger's song Heal In The Wisdom being its anthem; Golden Egg Records releases its first compact disc, Heal In The Wisdom; Bridger performs on the radio program, Heritage of the High Plains, which is broadcast over a five-state region of the upper Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

    1997
Bridger returns to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY to perform his one-man show of Pahaska.

    1996
Bridger completes the epic ballad, Pahaska, and debuts the work as a one-man show at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center as part of festivities surrounding the Sesquicentennial of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's birth and the Centennial celebration of the town of Cody; Bridger begins work on the historical manuscript to accompany his epic ballad Pahaska.

    1995
Bridger and his family re-locate from Austin to Houston, Texas; Bridger returns to Green River to run his one-man show of A Ballad of the West; Bridger begins writing Pahaska, Part Two of A Ballad of the West.

    1994
Bridger assumes control of production of the outdoor musical production of Seekers of the Fleece and moves the show to Green River, Wyoming; Bridger licenses the Wyoming production rights of Seekers of the Fleece to the city of Green River, Wyoming for three years and begins a summer run of his one-man show of A Ballad of the West in that city.

    1993
St. Augustine Press publishes a paperback edition of Parts One and Three of A Ballad of the West; Seekers of the Fleece returns to Cody, WY for its sixth summer season. The season is divided between the cities of Cody and Green River, WY as the company prepares to move its base of operation in Wyoming to Green River; Bridger participates on his first "Period 1880s" cattle drive at High Island Ranch and Cattle Company in Hamilton Dome, Wyoming. The drive is filmed by ABC Television's Good Morning America; Bridger's essay, Frank Waters: Becoming Indigenous, is included in the anthology, Frank Waters: Man and Mystic, published by the University of Ohio's, Swallow Press.

    1992
Seekers of the Fleece returns to Cody, WY for a fifth summer season which ends at Fort Bridger Rendezvous.

    1991
Seekers of the Fleece returns to Cody, WY for a fourth summer season. The company tours Yellowstone National Park again and ends the season at the Fort Bridger Rendezvous.

    1990
Seekers of the Fleece returns to Cody, Wyoming for a third season. The cast swells to 26 actors, singers musicians and dancers and becomes the very first professional theater presented in Yellowstone National Park in the park's history. The touring company performs at Grand Teton National Park, the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming, Wyoming's Centennial Mountain Man Rendezvous in Jackson, Wyoming and Fort Bridger Rendezvous, Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

    1989
Seekers of the Fleece returns to Cody, Wyoming for a second season; Bridger and Melissa Tatum marry at the Kerrville Folk Festival; Bridger performs at the PAHA SAPA FESTIVAL in Rapid City, South Dakota. Featuring Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Coburn, Floyd Westerman, Timbuck 3, and others the show becomes known as the Woodstock of Indian Country. Bridger performs his Lakota ballad with the famous Lakota Porcupine Singers; Bridger returns to perform at the famous annual Fort Bridger Rendezvous in Fort Bridger, Wyoming; October 7th, Melissa and Bobby's son, Gabriel, is born.

    1988
Bridger tours the England and the Netherlands; after a brief return to America, Bridger returns to Oxford, England to perform Heal In The Wisdom for the first annual Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders of Human Survival. The conference featured the Dali Lama, The Arch Bishop of Canterbury and the heads of state of many countries; Bridger Productions creates a full-company production of Part One of A Ballad of the West, Seekers of the Fleece, and debuts the show in Cody, Wyoming. The historic Yellowstone Fires cause the show to suffer terrific loses in spite of the sterling company of Joe Sears (of Greater Tuna fame), Indian actor, Wes Studie (Dances With Wolves, Last of the Mochicians, Geronimo), Texas music legend, Steve Fromholz, and Grammy-nominated arranger, Bill Ginn (Jennefer Warnes, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell); Golden Egg Records releases a cassette of Part One of A Ballad of the West, Seekers of the Fleece; Bridger and Melissa Tatum return to England for yet another tour of the island.

    1987
Bridger writes Coyote Dreamtime (The Journey of an American balladeer into the Australian Outback); Bridger begins a series of 105 paintings in the Papunya Tula, or "dot-painting" technique he learned from Pitjantjara Aboriginals of the Central and Western Australian deserts. (Bridger sells 95 of these paintings over a six-year period.); The Austin American-Statesman runs a five-part series of essays excerpted from Coyote Dreamtime; Bridger receives an invitation to create a production of Aldebaran and The Falling Star at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Bridger performs A Ballad of the West at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha as part of a major exhibition of the paintings of Alfred Jacob Miller; Bridger, Butch Hancock and a company of 15 selected musicians tour the Soviet Union as part of glasnost. Performing as "citizen diplomats" in Leningrad, Kiev and Moscow the Texas/USSR Music Exchange encouraged communication between the countries in the days immediately before the fall of the Soviet Union; Bridger is selected as the keynote speaker for the Third Annual New Vision Conference held in Houston, TX, featuring John and Jan Price (The Superbeings) and Ken Keys (The Hundredth Monkey); performs on Cowboys For Indians, a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for Native American causes. The concert features David Crosby, Steven Stills, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Floyd Westerman and many others; Bridger sells 33 paintings to collector Billie Lee Mommer.

    1986
With noted authors and teachers, Marilyn Ferguson (The Aquarian Conspiracy), Fritjof Capra (The Tao of Physics), and George Leonard (The Silent Pulse) and many other founders and leaders of the "New Age Movement" Bridger is invited to be a featured speaker/performer in the second annual New Visions Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska; Bridger and Kris Kristofferson are named to the Board of Directors of the World Peace Center in Lincoln, Nebraska; Bridger and author William Least Heat Moon (Blue Highways) are featured speakers of the annual Neihardt Spring Conference at the John Neihardt Foundation in Bancroft, Nebraska; Bridger performs A Ballad of the West at New York City's Open Center; Bridger, Academy Award-winner, Jennifer Warnes, and a band of six jazz musicians create a six-song demo of songs from Aldebaran and The Falling Star; Bridger tours 25 cities with the "Celebrate Texas Tour" commemorating the Texas Sesquicentennial; Bridger is named to the Board of Directors of Black Elk-Neihardt State Park in Blair, Nebraska; Bridger is invited to perform on Pete Seeger's "Clearwater Slope" in New York City's fantastic celebration of the re-lighting of the Statue of Liberty; Bridger tours Australia. Upon special invitation of the South Australian Department of Education and the Cultural Outback Trust Association, Bridger becomes the first artist (Australian or American) to tour and perform for the 100 communities of the Outback Trust. A ten day experience living with and performing for the Pitjantjara Aboriginal Tribe in the Central Australia Desert completed the journey; Golden Egg Records releases Bobby Bridger: Live At Kerrville, an outstanding set from the famous festival featuring songs from Bridger's Aldebaran and The Falling Star.

    1985
Bridger takes a "sabbatical" leave to develop and consolidate Bridger Productions; begins to exhibit paintings around the Austin area; Bridger creates a quarterly newspaper, Hoka Hey! With a Native American theme, the newspaper runs for eight years, at it's peak producing 20,000 papers each quarter and mailing to every state in the union and to 52 foreign countries.

    1984
Bridger performs Heal In The Wisdom at New York's Town Hall celebration of Martin Luther King's Birthday. The evening featured actress Collen Duhurst and David Amram and was the second time Bridger's song had been used in New York City celebrations calling for a national holiday for the martyred leader; Aldebaran and The Falling Star is workshopped a second time at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute. Directed and choreographed by Lynn Britt, former Movement Master of England's Old Vic, with movement directed by Peter Lobdell (Equus and Elephant Man) Bridger's musical is referred to by Ms. Britt as " a futuristic myth...a powerful and highly exciting new theatrical concept."; Bridger is featured in the roles of William Bent and John Finnerty with David Carradine and Will Sampson in the American Indian Theater Company production of Black Elk Speaks; Bridger is invited by Lady Bird Johnson to the Johnson Ranch in Stonewall, Texas to perform his song "Pedernales". The gathering was to support Mrs. Johnson's National Wildflower Research Center and featured the legendary actress Helen Hayes reading poetry; A Sender of Words: Essays in Memory of John G. Neihardt is published by Howe Brothers (Salt Lake City and Chicago). The anthology features essays by such notable western authors as Vine DeLoria, Jr., Frank Waters and Dee Brown as well as Bridger; Larry Willoughby's, Texas Rhythm, Texas Rhyme features sections on Bridger.

    1983
Bridger continues performing in Shakespeare and The Indians; Bridger's first book, a lovely hardback, slip-cased, limited-edition of Parts One and Three of A Ballad of the West, Seekers of the Fleece and Lakota, is released by Wiyaka Press of Austin, Texas. The book wins the National Printers Book Design Award of 1983; George C. White, founder and president of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center of Waterford, CT. names Bridger the first Balladeer-In-Residence of the prestigious theater laboratory; Bridger's epic space ballad, Aldebaran and The Falling Star, is accepted by the National Theater Institute as a workshop piece for the Spring 1983 semester; Bridger joins the faculty of the National Theater Institute; Bridger is named to the Board of Directors of the American Indian Theater Company.

The demonstration proved to be the largest gathering in US history drawing over 750,000 on to the great lawn of Central Park; Bridger is personally invited by Robert Redford to perform his one-man show of "Seekers of the Fleece" at Sundance Institute; The Institute of the American West invites Bridger to Sun Valley, Idaho as part of the Fifth Annual Levi Strauss Arts and Humanities Program. The theme of 1982's conference was "Inventing the West"; Bridger performs Seekers of the Fleece in Kearney, Nebraska for the 15th Annual International Gathering of 4-H Youth; the 5th Annual "Twelve Great Hours at Kerrville is dedicated to Bridger; Bridger performs the leading role in Wasserman's Shakespeare and The Indians in Omaha, Nebraska; lyrics to Bridger's songs, Heal In The Wisdom and Arrows Of Light are included in renowned psychologist Jackie Small's book, Transformers; Robyn Turner's, Austin Originals, features a chapter on Bridger.

    1982
Bridger creates Bridger Productions to manage his career; prestigious academic journal, Science Magazine, uses Bridger's lyrics, "Lighten Up and Let It Go" to illustrate a painting on its cover; multiple Grammy and Academy Award winner, Christopher Cross personally invites Bridger to perform at a Austin concert congratulating the artist on his unprecedented success; Bridger is personally selected and invited to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center by Dale Wasserman, the playwright of Man of LaMancha and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, to create the role of "The Drifter" in his musical, Shakespeare and the Indians; Bridger is commissioned by Lady Bird Johnson, the Lyndon Johnson Foundation and the LBJ Presidential Library to write and perform a "hill country song" for the opening of a new wing of the LBJ Library in Austin. Bridger's song Pedernales was debuted on June 4 at the opening festivities in concert with Carol Channing and Leontyne Price. Bridger is invited by the International Nuclear Disarmament Movement to perform his song "Heal In The Wisdom" as part of the 2nd Annual Nuclear Disarmament Gathering at the United Nations.

    1981
Produces and records Heal In The Wisdom in Nashville and Austin; creates the Golden Egg Record label to distribute his work independently; Four Winds Magazine serializes Seekers of the Fleece in two installments, with introductions by noted Indian author, Vine DeLoria, Jr. and western legend, Frank Waters; Denver's Rocky Mountain Magazine runs a feature story on troubadour Bobby Bridger and his "living room concerts" throughout the west.

    1979
Returns to Chihuahua for a second thirty-day canyoneering expedition. Writes the songs for the album, Heal In The Wisdom; continues painting.

    1978
Takes up rock climbing and departs into Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert on a thirty-day expedition called Desert Dance; tours the west honing the one-man show of A Ballad of the West; begins painting again.

    1977
Appointed first Poet/Balladeer-In-Residence of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kerrville Folk Festival. (Bridger was the first winner of the New Folk contest of the famous festival and has performed at every Kerrville Folk Festival.); appeared on the third season of the PBS series, Austin City Limits in a special one-hour encore performance; Bridger is invited to perform Seekers of the Fleece at the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Nebraska; meets playwright/ theatrical publisher, Christopher Sergel and joins the team assembling a dramatic production of Black Elk Speaks; Bridger is appointed the first Balladeer-In-Residence of the John G. Neihardt Center.

    1974-1980
Produced and scored 41 documentary films, dozens of commercials (winning numerous "Addie" awards) and three feature films (The Wheel, Keep Trucking, and Breakaway).

    1976
Appeared on the first season (the third show of the series) of the PBS series, Austin City Limits.

    1975
Bridger, Slim Pickens, The Lost Gonzo Band, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and Timberjack Joe the mountain man, record Part One of A Ballad of the West, Seekers of the Fleece, in Denver, Colorado.

    1974
A chapter is devoted to Bridger and his work in the definitive work on the "progressive country" movement in country music, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock by Jan Reid. (Heidelberg Publishers).

    1973
Produced and recorded And I Wanted To Sing For The People (RCA APL0182) in Hollywood; completes Part Three of A Ballad of the West, Lakota; debuts the one-man show, A Ballad of the West at Austin's Creek Theater (The show runs 15 weeks SRO).

    1972
Bridger spends the summer in Grand Teton National Park  performing A Ballad of the West.

    1971
Signed with RCA Records and Edwin H. Morris Publishing Company in Hollywood.

    1970
Moved to Austin, Texas; completes Part One of A Ballad of the West, Seekers of the Fleece.

    1969
Produced and recorded Merging Of Our Minds (RCA LSP 4792) in Nashville. The release earned glowing reviews in Billboard, Cashbox and Record World Magazines.

    1968-69
Records and released two singles with Nugget Records in Nashville (both out of print). One of the singles, The World Is Turning On, charts in England.

    1968
Graduated Northeast Louisiana University, BA Art Education; teaches Art at West Monroe High School. West Monroe, LA.

    1967
Signed with Monument Records in Nashville; recorded three singles (all out of print). All the releases earn glowing reviews in Billboard, Cashbox and Record World Magazines.

    1964
Bridger begins a three-year, twice-a-week run on "McCall Comes Calling", a live television program on station KNOE in Monroe, Louisiana.

    1963
Bridger began performing professionally. Begins research on A Ballad of the West.

 

 

 

 

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