Review of 'Pizza Box' from Bentley's Bandstand.

Barnes joined Jeff Austin, Butch Trucks, David Sandborn, and moe. for a benefit show at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC.

Opening the show was Danny Barnes, formerly of Austin's bluegrass-punk band the Bad Livers and currently a Washington state resident who frequently collaborates with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. With his brown hair sticking out every which way above his thick-frame glasses and jutting chin, Barnes stood alone on the Ramshead stage, a banjo hanging from his neck and a laptop and mixer on the table beside him. Fingering a mouse and punching buttons, he called up a hip-hop beat from the computer, added his twangy banjo to the loop, and promptly sang the old-time country song "Misty Swan."

It worked marvelously. Barnes is a banjo virtuoso, capable of blinding 16th-note runs and percussive riffs, and the microchip groove never got in the way of that. Nor did the programmed beats ever sound like a gimmick; they sounded as if they were merely articulating the implied syncopation that had been in those Appalachian laments all along. Barnes introduced the songs from his brand new album, Pizza Box, demolishing the wall between ancient and modern as surely as the Carolina Chocolate Drops did in the second set.

Danny Barnes will join Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY to support the American Red Cross and their efforts in Haiti.

Danny will be embarking on a mini-tour to the East coast to support the release of ‘Pizza Box’. The show at Joe’s Pub in New York will feature special surprise guests! Tickets on sale now! See below for dates:

1/19 Tues Annapolis, MD, Ram’s Head Onstage
1/20 Wed New York, NY, Joe’s Pub
1/21 Thur Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live
1/22 Fri New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (with moe., Butch Trucks, Jeff Austin, and more)

For those of you in Philadelphia, Danny will be performing as part of WXPN’s ‘Free at Noon’ concert series this Friday, January 1/22. The ‘Free At Noon’ concert series is a co-production of WXPN and NPR. For those of you outside of Philadelphia, you can stream the six-song performance in its entirety live at

We are thrilled to announce that Danny was been added to all-star lineup of musicians performing on Friday, January 22 at The Roseland Ballroom for moe.’s WHY (World Hunger Year) benefit. Tickets are available now! Confirmed musicians include moe. along with Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band), Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), David Sanborn, and Marco Benevento (The Benevento Duo).

Founded in 1975, WHY focuses on creating awareness of poverty and hunger around the world, and recognizing and implementing realistic solutions to this ongoing crisis. moe. and WHY (World Hunger Year) have decided that they will direct some of the proceeds raised at the benefit on 1/22 to relief efforts in Haiti.

Danny returns to his stomping grounds in Austin for a very special and intimate performance at Waterloo Records at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 31st, to support the release of ‘Pizza Box’. Please call Waterloo for additional information!

Danny returns to the legendary Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV on February 14th to perform with good friends Robert Earl Keen, Ray Willie Hubbard, The Sweetback Sisters, and Darell Scott. Stay tuned for future broadcast dates!

Tickets available online: or by calling 800-594-TIXX.
ADV Tickets:$12.50; DOS: $20.