Sat, May 16, 2015 | 8:30 pm (7:30 Door)
$12 | Grog Shop | All ages
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A few years back, singer-songwriter Tim Barry closed out an album by pondering his own death - and he didn't seem to mind leaving this earth too much. "Take what you want/I won't leave much," he sang.
2012 finds him in a very different place. Themes of resilience and hope flow through Barry's new record, "40 Miler," which will be released by New Jersey indie label Chunksaah on April 10th. "If this record is uplifting compared to my old ones it's because I feel stronger from all the beat-downs and shit I've taken in the past," says the Richmond, Virginia-based artist.
He launches the record with "Wezeltown," which may be the most beautiful piece of Americana to hit the airwaves this year, a treasure of a song that finds Barry exploring the grimmest truths of existence and emerging with a defiant, hopeful smile. "We're here alone and we leave alone," he sings. "So let's all sing it while we can sing/Let's scream while we still have a chance to scream/It's short time here and a long time gone." Throughout "40 Miler," the rough-hewn characters populating Barry's lyrics refuse to surrender even in the face of long odds. And on the closing track, "Amen," he makes his own personal promise to battle through adversity: "Go on kick me in the head/Watch me get right back up again."
"40 Miler" also finds Barry taking his spare folk-country sound in a different direction. This time around Barry opts for more raucous, rocking approach on several tracks, adding more electric guitar, organ, piano, harmonica, as well as the gorgeous voice of Richmond songstress Julie Karr to the mix. Reviewers are likely to make comparisons to everyone from Steve Earle to Lucero to (early) Wilco.