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“Caveman” begins with a few banjo strums before bass, drums and slide guitar come crashing in along with five-string master Danny Barnes’ easygoing voice, making this track seem like a happy mixture of equal parts John Hartford and Dave Matthews, a combination of talents that hover over the rest of this 11-track, 41-minute CD.

Danny Barnes is a fascinating individual. The Bad Livers co-founder is a banjo player who grew up playing his instrument to Ornette Coleman and Led Zeppelin records. He’s gone on to develop his “folktronics” approach in the live setting which he describes as “a highly processed banjo sound with a lot of loops and atmospheric samples flying around.” In early 2009, while recording on the Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King an invitation from that band’s namesake led to a deal with ATO Records. John Alagia (DMB, John Mayer, Ben Fold Five) produced Pizza Box which ATO released earlier this year. The following conversation offers deep insight into Barnes’ creative process as well as the development of Pizza Box, which Barnes marvels at as “the best record I’ve ever made.” Ladies and gentlemen, Danny Barnes… [3-page interview at Jambands.com]

Barnes unveils the Barnjo

Danny Barnes unveiled his new, custom-made banjo / electric guitar hybrid at the Northwest String Summit in North Plains, Oregon last weekend.

Want to hear what it sounds like? Thanks to Taper Mark, the show is available for free streaming and download at http://www.archive.org/details/dannybarnesandfriends2010-07-18.soundboard.flac16.

Several friends - including Jeff Austin and Darol Anger - joined him for songs from Pizza Box and other records (including an old Bad Livers song and an new song he wrote with Jeff Austin).

We are thrilled to announce Danny’s appearance on Herbie Hancock’s new concept album, ‘The Imagine Project’. Danny performs on “Tomorrow Never Knows”, which features guest vocals by Dave Matthews. Other artists include Anousha Shankar, Jeff Beck, John Legend, The Chieftans, Seal, India Arie, Pink, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Chaka Khan, K’Naan, Pink, James Morrison, Wayne Shorter, and Lisa Hannigan.

Utilizing the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility, the musical collaborations combine Hancock’s genre-defying musical vision with the “local” musical identity of cultures from around the world. “Music truly is the universal language,” says Hancock, “The Imagine Project” will explore that concept across the globe, uniting a myriad of cultures through song and positive creative expression. My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels.”

A global musing on the power of song to bring people together, the recordings for Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project” have taken place in each collaborator’s home territory whenever possible, and embody the spirit, hearts, sounds, colors and flavor of each locale – a complete sensory musical experience. The result is an album/film without borders, both a celebration and a call to action.

Click here to listen to Danny perform three songs with Dave Matthews Band this past weekend at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127346558

Singer-songwriter Danny Barnes’ new record, Pizza Box, came out earlier this year, featuring Danny’s quick wit and non-bluegrass-flavored banjo-picking.

He was able to take a few minutes to chat with us from his home in the Seattle area about being an Idea Generator, his banjo and—of course—what’s on his pizza.

As previously reported, in addition to two performances on his own banjo player Danny Barnes sat in with Dave Matthews Band at Bonnaroo Sunday night. Barnes crossed paths with the members of Dave Matthews Band once again last night when he opened for the group at Cincinnati, OH’s Riverbend Music Center as part of Robert Earl Keen’s band. Partway through Dave Matthews Band’s set, Barnes emerged for the second time this week to play on Matthews’ “Corn Bread.” The Bad Livers banjo player remained onstage as Dave Matthews Band covered his original song “Road.” The track appears on Barnes’ ATO release Pizza Box.

The personnel count increased from seven to eight when banjo player Danny Barnes joined the group for two songs. Barnes, who appeared earlier in the evening as a part of show opener Robert Earl Keen’s band, released the CD “Pizza Box” last year on the Matthews-owned record label ATO.

Barnes sat in on “Cornbread” and was given a solo, though his spotlight was taken by Matthews, who hammed it up with an odd routine of posing and dancing to Barnes’ banjo picking.

Matthews yielded on the next song, when Barnes sang lead on his own tune “Road,” a rock number with a double-time bluegrass pace that the band approached with a bit of unsteadiness.

Etown taping with Danny is airing tomorrow, Wednesday, June 16th for 1 week across the country!

Jakob Dylan and Danny Barnes, presented by 97.3 KBCO
http://www.etown.org/listen.summary.php?id=306&air_date=2010-06-16

Air Dates: Jun 16-Jun 22
This week's eTown highlights writers and readers! Singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Jakob Dylan returns to eTown with a haunting new sound and a brand new band (for this show he pared down to a trio with Kelly Hogan and Paul Rigby). Jakob features music from his latest project, Women & Country. Also, innovative and genre-bending artist and banjo pioneer Danny Barnes visits. He's been called "one of the most wildly inventive musicians on the planet." Hosts Nick & Helen Forster and the eTones dig in instrumentally and vocally to support him. And the E-Chievement Award is presented to a dog-loving Chicagoan who is helping inner-city kids read. Tune in to this week's episode of eTown!

The Bad Livers co-founder Danny Barnes is at it again with Pizza Box, his latest release that soothes our longing for John Hartford-style humor mixed with soulful banjo pickin’ and a fresh injection of inspiration.

Each character Danny sings about, each situation and every feeling is multi-dimensional with personality and meaning. The songs are short stories with beginnings, middles and ends.

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