Danny Barnes

   Straight shooter Ernest Hemingway retreated to the pueblo of Villa Cubero on Old Route 66 in New Mexico to write major portions of "Old Man and the Sea. " By sitting with his notebooks in the desert sun, Hemingway was better able to see the water.

   This is not to suggest that singer-songwriter Danny Barnes is a budding Papa---Barnes is a Nathaniel Hawthorne fan. But when Barnes left his native Texas for the Seattle area in 1997, his musical world opened like doors on the House of the Seven Gables.

   Barnes began regular collaborations with acclaimed jazz-folk guitarist Bill Frisell, who is based in Seattle. He hooked up with keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers), violinist Darol Anger (David Grisman, Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss), multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell (Balfa Toujours), drummer Carlton Jackson, vocalist Amy Denio, and was embraced by Seattle bass player Garey Shelton (Bo Diddley, Randy Meisner). They all appear on Barnes' new Dirt on the Angel recording, which was primarily made at Shelton's studio in Seattle as well as Macon, Georgia.

   Dirt on the Angel is a sonic passport throughout the diverse ports of American music. It is an ambitious project that celebrates Barnes' ethic of adventure with dignity. The journey runs from a dramatic turn-of-the-century instrumental in "Kitchen Floor Waltz " to a rhythmic Oscar Brown, Jr. inspired tribute to baseball outfielder Trinidad Hubbard to an improvisational jam on the Beck hit "Loser."

"We set out to try and cover all of recorded music in America,"
Barnes says.



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