The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

by The Barr BrothersThe Barr Brothers


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Born in Rhode Island and based in Montreal, Brad (vocals, guitar) and Andrew (drums) Barr team with Sarah Page (hammer dulcimer, harp) and Andres Vial (pump organ, vibraphone) as the Barr Brothers on this self-titled folk-pop effort, which is both a little rustic in its under-produced sound and also has the quality of chamber music. Brad Barr sings in a murmur with his low tenor, sometimes accompanied by high harmony vocals, and the melancholy tone of the lyrics sometimes makes the whole sound like Simon & Garfunkel performing the Leonard Cohen songbook. The combination of instruments, usually led by Brad Barr's fingerpicked acoustic guitar, also suggests an "unplugged" version of the Band on occasion. But the group manages to rock out on "Give the Devil Back His Heart," which boasts a lengthy electric guitar solo and recalls Traffic. And the two Barrs make like the White Stripes on the guitar/bass arrangement of Blind Willie Johnson's "Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying." The Barr Brothers are a different kind of folk group, bringing in unusual instrumentation and performing in a manner that draws the listener into a special musical world.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Secret City Records
UPC: 0680341210025
catalogNumber: 12100
Rank: 128402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barr Brothers   Primary Artist
Nathan Moore   Vocals
Brad Barr   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Andrew Barr   Percussion,Drums,Bowed Bass
Elvis Perkins   Vocals
Chris Bartos   Clarinet,Violin
Elizabeth Powell   Vocals
Miles Perkin   Vocals,Contrabass (Vocal)
Jocie Adams   Clarinet
Sarah Pagé   Harp,Hammered Dulcimer
Andres Vial   Vibes,Pump Organ
Hans Bernhard   Contrabass (Vocal)
Emma Baxter   Vocals

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Howard Bilerman   Engineer
Marc Rimmer   Layout
March Hutchinson   Layout
Barr Brothers   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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