“5.0 out of 5 stars buried treasures and new music, April 4, 2012
By P. Strickland - Hwy 52 (MP3 Download)
Goldberg and HWY 52 played in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota during the late 1970's. In the past decade Goldberg has released a handful of ambitious CD's, all worth hearing. This reunion, however, is his first album with his old band to actually see the light of day. The result is worth the 30 year wait. Raw and more or less live, it captures the onstage energy and chemistry of Goldberg and HWY 52. The album contains some of the great tunes they were known for back in the day as well as newer material.( I suggest starting with "Red Moon.")
“Barry Thomas Goldberg is a Minnesota music veteran who began his career as a songwriter. He is best known for penning the tune "Twenty Years Ago in Speedy's Kitchen" by T.C. Atlantic (Dove Studios) in the 1960's, In 2006, Goldberg helped with the release of Candy Floss: The Lost Music of Mid America, a compilation of songs from Dove Studios & that era. Since 1974, he has been recording & releasing solo albums that highlight his outspoken political views & poetic way with words. Goldberg's latest, Mapleton Memoir, is a musical tribute to his late mother. "I was displeased with my prose writing - the obvious choice was to write her memoir as a musical album," he says. The result is a beautifully crafted, limited edition album that includes a ten-page booklet of photos & lyrics, "tracing one family's journey through time in pursuit of the elusive American dream." Goldberg's sound has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan (circa 1970), Woody Guthrie, and Tom Waits.”
Electric Fetus -
"Straightforward old-school rock with a vibrant edge. Goldberg is a singer/songwriter in his fifties who's been kicking around the Minneapois music scene for a couple of decades; his age and experience blaze through this simultaneously good-natured and apocalyptic song. Goldberg's deep, cigarette-stained voice brings the late Warren Zevon to mind, but there's an added Graham Parker-like snap and snarl to his delivery and something Dylanesque about the whole carnival-like enterprise, with its cavalcade of characters and situations set to a rollicking 3/4 beat".
Lost Cause, This Week's Find
"Remember New Orleans" Barry Thomas Goldberg. I could have picked a half dozen of the songs from cantankerous roots- rocker Goldberg's latest The Last Guitar, but this one wails with an urgency that suggests it was written in the same moment as Kanye West's infamous blurt. I also heart "Lily Of The Field" and "Post Tart Girl" and "Miss USA" and, hell, suffice to say that the whole thing is good medicine for anyone disappointed by Devils & Dust or anyone who has ever hoped Curtiss A would get his shit together enough to make a record as angry, funny, and rockin' as his rants. Now then, why isn't B.T. Goldberg famous?
“Empire Moon (2002)......Masterful and gritty....In Goldberg's wonderfully dreary world, suicide jumpers ballroom dance with right-wing columnists while cluster bombs burst overhead.
“The raw poetry of a rebellious rocker.”
“The raw and wounded songs of an American outcast.”
MPR, All Things Considered