Danny Barnes brings the punk and jazz worlds together on his country banjo. It is the natural progression of a life filled with all kinds of music. He grew up with a love for bluegrass, surrounded by the music of his father and grandmother. Later he picked up a passion for blues and punk from his two brothers. Always producing music with a strong bluegrass feel, he adds a punk flavor and often pushes into other genres.
The 47-year old artist has over 15 years of experience writing movie scores and playing in other bands, but he seemingly broke onto the scene with last year’s multifaceted album Pizza Box, released by Dave Matthews label ATO. It’s only fitting his unique style, complete with looping and electronic percussion, has been a huge hit on tours with the Dave Matthews Band, Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck, Yonder Mountain String Band, John Popper and Keller Williams. Pizza Box highlights his often humorous, always honest and poetic voice through a wisely interconnected album that took 3 years to formulate and only 2 weeks to record.
Besides his musical skills, Barnes is also a licensed pilot, skateboarder, motorcyclist, flyfisher, unicyclist, trap shooter, and disc golfer.
“Danny’s latest effort is a fantastic collection of stories set to an Americana soundtrack. There’s something for just about everyone.” – Twangville.com
“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.” – UncommonMusic.com
Opening the evening is Gideon Freudmann, a talented, experimental cellist that got the ear of producers from NPR's All Thing's Considered. Gideon has a sense of humor, a spirit of eclectic adventure and mastery of classic and jazz forms.
Tickets for Danny Barnes plus Gideon Freudmann at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Thursday, August 11th at 8:00 PM are on sale at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.