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Keith Richards said humor was rock and roll’s greatest weapon, Bob Dylan proved it and Barkin' Barney takes it to heart. For many years, Barney has been a satirist, class cutup and the rare artist who understands and celebrates the connections between Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, John Prine, Todd Snyder, Kris Kristofferson, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Waits.
Barkin' Barney writes and performs songs taken from life - good times, bad times, and everything in between. His songs are often constructed on the universal themes of love, loss, and yearning. But far from ever sounding commonplace, Barkin' Barney is able to weave in a slightly loopy southern sense of the unexpected that draws you in and never lets go. Like the great American writers of the south , Barney is inspired by the places he has been and the unusual people he has met throughout his travels. His songs are like short stories, evoking true-to-life characters that stumble their way through a rough and tumble world of violence, hope and despair.