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Thanks to these fine musicians “Blood Red Beats” & “The Middle” came to be. Thanks so much to all of you for devoting your time, energy and personality into these tracks. Chris Hawkes-Producer, engineer, electric guitar, background vocals, percussion Jim-Patrick Harris-Electric bass Bill Smith-Drums J.T. Holt-Steel Guitar & electric guitar (Blood Red Beats) Valarie Young-Chello (The Middle) John Pointer- Chello (The Middle) Trevor Nealon-Organ & Rhodes (The Middle) You can see most of these guys and gals live in their element here in Austin and beyond. Chris Hawkes (singer / songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist) Jim-Patrick Harris (Bob Barney) J.T. Holt (Dertybird) John Pointer (multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, composer and performer) Trevor Nealon (Wisebird)
This is my first review. I feel very privileged to have received such gracious compliments. Here's the link: http://musicconnection.com/digital/ (page 56) of the November 2009 issue: "The Players: Bob Barney, guitar & vocals Material: Barney is a strictly original music artist, no covers. His compositions are silky acoustic confections, rich and sweet, leaving the listener craving more for days afterwards. Each piece reaches into the depths of the human experience and brings an essential yet shadowed fragment of life to the surface. The heartbroken ballad “Love Don’t Pay the Bills” addresses the challenge of devoting time to romance in our overclocked society, while “Thieves” is a faster-paced multilayered calling-out to all kinds of takers. “The First to Lose his Leaves,” title track to Barney’s independent epk, deals with lovers’ inability to sustain the same level of giving throughout the relationship. Musicianship: Barney’s singing is the vocal incarnation of home-churned butter, smooth and soul-melting. The clarity of tone is remarkable, leaving a deliciously pure aftertaste in the listener’s ear. Though Barney does not attempt complicated or virtuosic guitar lines (which would be inappropriate for his folk style), the suspensions and sixths he uses to construct his chords add a melancholy, soul-wrenching air. His timing is unwavering throughout the performance, and he plays with polished confidence. Barney’s honeyed voice, however, is what sticks in one’s mind, as well as his artfully constructed choruses. Performance: Barney’s personality matches his music: gentle, mellow, and shyly honest. His performance is not intended to whip the crowd into a frenzy, which is why his booking at Headhunters, a traditionally punk/metal venue, was unexpected. Many spiked and leathered patrons drifted over from the inside stage, and a surprising number remained as Barney’s earnest crooning grabbed something inside them. In a world of adrenaline-rushed competitors all trying to put on the best show, Barney is a breath of fresh sincerity that transcends genres. Summary: Angelic vocals, lyrics that drip with beautiful sentiments, and easily remembered hooks all mesh to create poignant and potent music, straight from Bob Barney’s soul to yours. - Sarah Whited "