Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Danny Barnes

 

continued

Over the years, he's formed and played with any number of bands — all pretty much steeped in Americana forms. The Bad Livers lasted through much of the 1990s and released three acclaimed records on Sugar Hill.

In 2000, with bassist Keith Lowe and fiddler Jon Parry, he formed Thee Old Codgers. Things I Done Wrong is a fascinating album, filled with often disturbing, often hilarious Barnesisms and inventive, brilliant music, effortlessly played. Here, Barnes's lyrics follow the disjointed meanderings of actual minds. In the kickoff song, "Funtime," he muses, "I got me a girl and a thing for likker and another girl." "Good As I've Been to You," with its jumped-beats and complex/

trippy guitar interludes, bursts into an bertwanging chorus about breasts and RC Cola. For the purists, there are a couple of straight-ahead bluegrass gems like Acuff's "Better Times A-Coming." For the adventurous, he brings in an actual four-piece string section to play what seems to have once been a soulful banjo solo. It thrills me every time.

Danny Barnes returns to the Ark for a joint performance with fellow alt-country icon Robbie Fulks on Monday, February 5.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Health Care - Health Information and Physician Referral
Bringing Back Barley
Saline entrepreneurs boost local brewing.
M.A. Engle
Saline's Mangiamo Closes
As Emagine Theater's opening nears
Billie Ochberg
Elizabeth Kostova
Falling off the bridge
Keith Taylor
Agave Arrives
In a seamless transition from Sabor Latino
Terry Gallagher
The Tannahill Weavers
All manner of songs
arwulf arwulf
Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff
Miss Muehlig, Meet Dr. Rahmani
The spot where her house once stood will become an uncommonly graceful 6-story building.
Sally Mitani
Pauline Health
An affordable clinic moves and grows
Eve Silberman
Calling All Townies
What's that number?
Sally Mitani
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017
Victors for art at the university of Michigan Museum of art
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI