Danny Barnes has been at this a pretty long time. The main thing he uses to get his musical ideas across is the banjo. It has an unusual sound and is capable of a wide range of expression, however it isn’t very developed yet, in terms of what is being done with it in a current macro sense. It’s untapped.
A lot of what Danny does was informed by punk rock and dub music from the 70’s. He bought those records when they were new, thus starting a lifelong obsession of buying records. He received a degree from the University of Texas (Austin) in audio production, and loved the classes there about the history of audio and recorded music. That’s where he first started hearing experimental music, and that’s also where he learned to be very comfortable in a recording studio. Later he became the principle songwriter/producer/singer for Bad Livers, and eventually launched his own private record label (Minner Bucket Records), publishing company, and solo career in about 1998.
He has developed a specific technique he calls "barnyard electronics," which is an aesthetic combining various bits of bluegrass, noise, rock, and electronic music. The live aspect involves a computer program Danny built in max/msp and a banjo. He performs approximately 150 domestic shows a year with that set-up.
Tickets for this performance are $15 advance/$20 door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the link below, and doors open one hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.