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 in Australia by Resist Records (licensed from Chunksaah) on April 13th. “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.
“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.
Barry says the fresh sound was intentional. While he crafted the record’s dozen tracks by himself on piano and guitar, he had Karr and a cast of fellow Richmond musicians in mind while writing. “My intent wasn’t to bury them in the background, but to push them to the foreground to give them the exposure they deserve,” he explains. “They’re all songwriters and all kick-ass musicians.”
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