Jesse Michael Barr was born in the backwoods of rural Pennsylvania, USA. His father was an NBA basketball player and his mother was a well-heeled hippie. His father entrusted him with his first guitar - a 1962 Gibson Dove acoustic, strung left-handed. Although born right-handed, he learned to play guitar backwards. Possibly its this backwards approach to music that has led Jesse to write such interesting and unconventional music.
During College at Ohio University, Jesse formed The Max Power Trio - A progressive reggae band. Shortly after, he co-founded Off-Guard Records, a recording studio and production company. There he wrote and produced many albums, touching on a shockingly diverse number of genres:
"Where's Clyde" - 90's Hip Hop Album
"Bamiyan Buddhas" - East meets West Indian Meditation Music
"Ill Atmospherics" - Drum and Bass Experiment
"The Middle Rats" - Charming Ohio Folk Album in 4 Part Harmony
In 2010, he released his first solo album, "Jetsetter", and has been touring the country ever since. Jesse combines a delicate, subtle voice with the brutal truth of his lyrics. He is an excellent lead guitar player, calling on Neil Young as a model for his career. You may see him stripped down to an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal, or in full bloom with a big full rocking band with horns and backup singers.