As the name suggests, Danny Barnes' latest effort, Pizza Box, offers a delicious mix of country, rock, and banjo-infused blues. With college-crowd favorite Dave Matthews on backing vocals, how can this ex-Bad Livers frontman be refused?
From the first track, Barnes amplifies his best asset: genre-bending. The aptly-titled "Caveman" expertly—and infectiously—mixes the down home and the honky-tonk with its "Ain't no different than the caveman time" refrain. "The Road" and title track further that penchant. With driving drums and guitars, frenzied and muffled vocals, "The Road" quickly departs from its predecessor while barely preparing the listener for "Pizza Box" and its toned-down atmosphere.
It's clear that Barnes enjoys the back-and-forth. Whether indulging in a Kid Rock (the country Kid, that is) and Hank Jr. hybrid ("Bone"), acronyms ("TSA"), or the classic country outlaw song ("Charlie"), Barnes remains a masterful storyteller—and without question, ever-evolving.
Danny Barnes will appear on eTown's live radio show taping on March 28th along with Jakob Dylan and Three Legs Featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.
Texas country rocker Danny Barnes likes to do wild things with his banjo — check out the explosive picking on his old band the Bad Livers' turbocharged hillbilly version of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." Barnes' seventh solo album, Pizza Box, is a collection of banjo-based songs set against big rock ("Road"), Memphis-style horns ("Sparta, TN"), barnstorming juke-joint blues ("Misty Swan") and even a shuffling, hip-hop-style beat ("Sleep"). Barnes is a clever lyricist with a punk-rock past who understands the raw simplicity of a good country tune: The album's title track is a wistful ballad in which Barnes confesses in his sweet, vulnerable Texas drawl, "Basically it's so elemental/Us Southern boys are sentimental." Enough said.
Interview w/ Spinner.
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?”
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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 www.folkalliance.org
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 wdvx.com/webcast. On Thursday, Danny will be performing a solo set in Nashville at Matt's Alley. Tickets are on sale now!