Playing the banjo puts roots in Danny Barnes’ roots-rock, and so does a fondness for country and blues structures in his songs, which cheerfully name-check Southern towns. But his album “Pizza Box” (ATO) doesn’t backdate itself. Mr. Barnes, 47, tells contemporary tales that are wryly observant. “With her hair in a bun, her hand on her gun/We made love with the radio on,” he sings in “TSA,” an Appalachian-flavored tune about romance with an airport guard, while the lovelorn “Broken Clock” worries about credit-card debt. Some songs hint at the Band, but Mr. Barnes also cranks up to feedback volume on the stomping “Road.” Behind his down-home magical realism is an underlying benevolence: In “Overdue,” he sings, “I’m learning to forgive you baby/Would you forgive me too?”

"Baby be my valentine!" In honor of this special day for all of you hopeless romantics, we are offering a free download of Danny's live performance of "Overdue" from the KUT studios in Austin. Spread the love to that special someone with this e-card! //>//>

We are thrilled to announce that Danny will be touring with the legendary Mike Gordon of Phish on his upcoming run of Northeast dates in March! Tickets on sale now!

3/5 Troy, NY- Revolution Hall
3/6 New Haven, CT- Toad's Place
3/7 Stroudsburg, PA- Sherman Theatre
3/9 Baltimore, MD- Ram's Head Live

Danny returns to the legendary Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV tonight for a very special performance with good friends Robert Earl Keen, Ray Willie Hubbard, The Sweetback Sisters, and Darell Scott. This show is sold out in advance. Fortunately, however, we will be posting the radio/online broadcast date shortly!

Danny will be returning to Memphis to perform at this year's 22nd Annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN on Friday night, February 19th at 10:00 PM. The conference is a 5-day event that draws together the most significant music industry professionals from throughout North America and the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. All Folk Alliance Conference Events will take place at the Memphis' Downtown Marriot and Cook Convention Center, February 17-21, 2010. For more information/ registration/ticket details, visit the Folk Alliance website at .//>

For those of you in Tennessee, Danny will be performing live at noon on Tuesday, February 16th as part of WDVX 'Blue Plate Special' concert series which will be broadcast and webcast live. For those of you who can't make it to the show, you can stream Danny's performance in its entirety live at On Thursday, Danny will be performing a solo set in Nashville at Matt's Alley. Tickets are on sale now!

Danny will be joining his good friend Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band along with Split Lip Rayfield's Eric Thorin and Wayne Gottstine for a five show mini-tour in Colorado. Tickets on sale now!

3/10 Ft. Collins, CO- Aggie Theatre
3/11 Breckenridge, CO- Three 20 South
3/12 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre
3/13 Boulder, CO- Fox Theatre
3/14 Nederland, CO- TBD

Those of you attending the annual South By Southwest Music Conference are in for a treat this year, as Danny will be the host and musical emcee for the Billion's showcase on Friday, March 19th at Antone's, from 8 PM - 1 AM, introducing each act and performing individual sets between each of the artists below:

8:00 pm, Lost in the Trees
9:00 pm, Plants and Animals
10:00 pm, Basia Bulat
11:00 pm, Quasi
12:00 am, Shearwater
1:00 am, Liars

Special thanks to all 100 plus of you who came out for an amazing show of support to see Danny's in-store performance at the legendary Waterloo Records in Austin. For those of you who couldn't be in attendance, click here to see an intimate performance of TSA: //>

Excerpt: Barnes has a style that's easily described. It's called his own.