Danny Barnes

Best of 2015

Our listeners choose Country Fried Rock’s Best of 2015 list by streaming or downloading our podcasts throughout the year. Usually, this leads to a very clear selection of songwriters, but there were several ties this year, so the Top 10 are actually the top 14! Even better!

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10 Rayland Baxter

9 Lee Gallagher

8 tie: Aaron Lee Tasjan

8 tie: Andy Gabbard/
Buffalo Killers

8 tie: Great Peacock

7 Lilly Hiatt

6 Danny Barnes

5 Bones of JR Jones

4 tie: Justin Townes Earle

4 tie: 6 String Drag

3 Drivin N Cryin

2 Cale Tyson

1 tie: Ben Miller Band

1 tie: Steve Earle

Danny Barnes #1524

Danny Barnes returns to Country Fried Rock to discuss his recent accolade, the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Barnes has two distinct audiences: those who know him for playing with bands ranging from Dave Matthews Band to the Butthole Surfers, and those who know him for his songwriting and wide-ranging banjo styles. The term “electronic folk” may have been coined just for him.

Barnes is fascinated by sound, and how incongruous sounds mesh or conflict. From the computer programs he designed to interpret his banjo or bazouki playing to his obsession with noise music and cassettes, Barnes is engrossed by the process as much as the product. This year, he released a special recording for Cassette Store Day on his cassette-label, Minner Bucket Records, and will release a more traditional bluegrass album later. Barnes’ take on “tradition” is anything but traditional, though, so it is guaranteed to be another fascinating investigation of technology and instrumentation.

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Lingua Musica: Danny Barnes

Country Fried Rock alum, Danny Barnes, is a smart, interesting, experienced guy, who happens to be an incredible musician pushing the edges of what a banjo can do and challenging how listeners may think it should sound.  His lyrics are usually hilarious, but often sweet and thoughtful, too.  I have seen him play with Yonder Mountain String Band and Dave Matthews Band, solo with just his banjo, accompanied by Larry and Jenny Keel, and with his computer and electronic pedals.

Barnes will play Lingua Musica Live near Asheville, NC.  Info here.

Buy Danny Barnes’ music here on Amazon or here on iTunes.

#1001 Danny Barnes

…not your typical “Dueling Banjos” style at all. Country Fried Rock chatted with Danny Barnes about his recent album Pizza Box and his mathematical, but not mechanical, songwriting style.

Pizza Box streams live on his site, and can be purchased digitally or via CD. Barnes explains his motives for creating and following his own lead in the music business. Our conversation is for the non-musician, new to his music, and looking for songs of substance.

When Country Fried Rock began, we had not yet developed the radio programs or posts. Enjoy this early start to the show, including our Twitter stream from Danny Barnes’ showcase at the Station Inn during Americana Festival 2010.

u know ur in love when ur life is better than ur dreams @wildknees #americana
10:39 PM Sep 10th via txt

hypnotized by her bloodshot eyes @wildknees #americana

pizza box @wildknees! hope he plays miss misty swan #americana

crowd definitely “gets him” now @wildknees #americana

i think ppl just “got” @wildknees sense of humor #americana

@wildknees doing beck loser #scat meets #americana

@wildknees get it while you can #americana

@wildknees equipment check! #americana