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Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.A
Description: Folk/jazz/blues acoustic based music
Biography: Alan Barrington 'Good Wood, CD is his first effort since the early 1980's single OLD AGE (a compilation LP) which was released by Maranatha Records which also featured, Richie Furay of the group Poco, Leon Patillo, lead singer formally of Santana, and Bob Bennett. Alan's single
"Old Age" received extensive radio airplay throughout the US and Canada.
Barrington reunites with producer Jimm Mosher and Steven Swinford. Described by Barrington as
"a very guitar-centric album", most of the arrangements on this group of songs are centered on his vocals, guitar, and his rhythm section of Kenny Walker/Roger Kohrs (bass) and Jimm Mosher/Jonathon Erickson (drums). Among the guest artists are guitar Steven Swinford/Joe Gminder, piano Richard Putnam, and Jennifer Anderson/Jimm Mosher/Steven Swinford with vocals.
Songs on Good Wood include: "I Promise You", "The House Where I Use To Live",
"Senorita", "Good Wood", "Write Bad Checks", "You Prob'ly Knew", "Daddy's Back In Carolina", "My Heart Is Full Of You",
"Money Game", "You've Always Been There", "Anastasia You're Going To Ruin My Reputation",
"Good To Be Loved", and "The River". Alan Barrington wrote all of the album's tracks.
Born and raised in Southern California, Alan Barrington brings his unique acoustic New Folk/Blues sound to his audiences all over the country. Transplanted in North Carolina in 1992 Barrington has been praised for offering
"Heartfelt well-written songs sung in an immaculate voice encompassing both his native West Coast and adopted East Coast southern charm".
The Charlotte Observer said, "Barrington's music is introspective, sometimes delicate work, full of personal observations and emotional sketches, Barrington offers nicely crafted folk-pop along the lines of David Wilcox or Pierce Pettis". If you're looking for something new in New Folk, this is something worth checking out.
As of late, Barrington was one of six national finalists to perform at the 2003 and 2004 Suwannee SpringFest at Live Oak, Florida. Also, Barrington was a national finalist at the Minnesota Folk Festival 2004. In the spring of 2005 Barrington along with Steven Swinford
as producer started recording his second CD. "I'm very happy with this next batch of songs", says Barrington, and he goes on to say, "the album is turning out to be very up beat and positive". Alan Barrington's next release is due out in the fall of 2006.
National finalists 2005 MOVA ARTS Festival Lake Guntersville, Ala National finalists 2004 Suwannee SpringFest Live Oak, Florida. National finalist Minnesota Folk Festival 2004. National finalists 2003 Suwannee SpringFest Live Oak, Florida. Alan Barrington's debut album Good Wood, is his first effort since the early 1980's single OLD AGE, (a compilation LP) which was released by Maranatha Records which also featured, Richie Furay of the group Poco, Leon Patillo, lead singer formally of Santana, and Bob Bennett. Alan's single, "Old Age", received extensive radio airplay throughout the US and Canada. "Barrington's music is introspective, sometimes delicate work, full of personal observations and emotional sketches", " Barrington offers nicely crafted folk-pop along the lines of David Wilcox or Pierce Pettis", proclaims the Charlotte Observer. "Alan Barrington with a proclivity for blues-tinged, acoustic music, may be baptized in the fundamental folk of James Taylor and the home spun troubadour style of David Wilcox, Barrington's music lilts through vignettes about love and the simple joys of living. The scantily funky blues-folk strains of "Good Wood" and similar songs have a kind of gentle, head-bobbing appeal, imbuing his music with a kick of innovation", says Creative Loafing. "I thought this was an amazing album. This man obviously has a heart and talent for music. It was touching and the songs are well written and catchy. Thank you Alan, for giving me a CD worth hearing. Those are hard to find." Mac Pierce - Amazon.com
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