Podcast with Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews, Robert Earl Keen, etc.), who plays Martin’s Downtown on Wednesday
Danny Barnes, who comes to Martin’s Downtown on Wednesday, opening for William Walter, is more than a banjo player. In fact, his latest creation, the BarnJo, is a hybrid of banjo and electric guitar, tuned to open E. He accompanies himself via an intense piece of software in his Apple computer. And he writes cool songs, with a voice kind of reminiscent of John Anderson.
Of his years of musical growth — combining the pure country of his Texas childhood with the avant garde and rock of his later years, Barnes says, “I look at myself like the postman, instead of the mail itself.”
On this special delivery, we talk cassettes — Barnes, a University of Texas audio production graduate, loves them and says hip-hop and metal sound the best in the format — the mysteries of the Mac and his interest in being commercial. Short answer to that last bit: He has no interest in what’s hot or what will catch on; it’s all about the music.
Show Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278.