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A native of Long Island, NY Tony began his musical study as a child playing trumpet and eventually guitar and continued the study of music theory through college. At age 17 Tony signed his first recording contract with Rust Records, a subsidiary of Laurie Records, a well known label in the mid 1960's. After playing in numerous bands Tony joined The Cyclone Rangers. They have opened for such artists as Leon Russell, Rick Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dicky Betts, Dr. John, Pure Prairie League, and Asleep at the Wheel, to name a few. The
Cyclone Rangers also toured the nation with Minnie Pearl and others as members of "The Grand Old Country Music Show". Including a performance at The Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand 'Ole Opry. With his first CD release Makana Tony filled the famed IMAC Theater in Huntington, NY (The Paramount) for the debut.
His profound writing and vocal abilities reflect such powerful influences as Eric Clapton, Lowell George, Bonnie Raitt, Marc Cohn, John Hiatt and Jackson Browne. Armed with 2 CDs, MAKANA & "The Breakfast Club"(vol.1) and 2 on the way. The singer/ songwriter comes to life with a wide array of new songs and an All Star band to back them up.
This band consists of many NYC & LI music legends including the Uptown Horns and the rhythm section from Donald Fagan's NY Rock & Soul Revue and a host of Rock, Rhythm & Blues Royalty.
The band is truly candy for the ears.
Recently Tony Barca was a top 20 finalist ,world wide, in the run for a slot to play with Eric Clapton at The Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Tony’s newest endeavor “The Bucket List” Takes the idea of cover music to a whole new level. Taking a mix of uniquely arranged cover and original music, this band has developed a fast growing fan base aka “BUCKETHEADS” that faithfully follow them. Check the links to see and hear Tony Barca in action.
Tony is available for all types of venues and performs from Solo- 11pieces according to your needs.