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Tim Barry

Laurel St. Demo 2005


Dancing In The Dark 014

Released on July 4, 2006

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You may have heard of this TIM BARRY guy. Since 1991 Barry has fronted Virginia’s AVAIL, serving as the American band’s singer, lyricist, and co-songwriter. Now, TIM BARRY´s musical career is entering a new phase. TIM BARRY’s first solo disc, the Laurel Street Demo 2005, a collection of eight acoustic guitar-driven songs recorded DIY-style in a home studio a couple of blocks from his house. Once again, TIM BARRY is forging his own path, trading AVAIL’s distorted guitars and concussive drumming for a low-fi blend of folk, old school country, and roots rock. Explaining the genesis of Laurel Street Demo, TIM BARRY says, “As long as I’ve played in AVAIL, I’ve written songs that can’t be turned into AVAIL songs. I’ve always had a backlog of songs.” Devoid of amplified powerchords or high-dollar studio gloss, the tunes are pretty, raw, moody, and, at times, painfully intimate. As one reviewer for site says, the disc “sounds like it could come from a dude on his porch with a couple beers and his dog.” TIM BARRY, whose crisp voice carries the record, did in fact write many of the songs while sitting, guitar in hand, on his front porch, while others were initially composed on piano. The tunes were recorded in the span of three days with a couple of friends, Josh Small, who threw down on the dobro, and Lance Koehler, who played drums on one track and manned the mixing board. In addition to singing, TIM BARRY played guitar, piano, harmonica, organ, bass and drums. Like Woody Guthrie, TIM BARRY says he simply writes about what he knows, and what he knows is the American south, in particular, his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. As a solo songwriter TIM BARRY’s becoming more of a storyteller, describing the lives and deaths of people on the margins. The characters in TIM BARRY’s songs are, for the most part, beset by bad luck. They’re ex-con drifters dwelling in vans; working folks struggling to live from paycheck to paycheck; hobos riding the rails with no particular destination in mind; people asking for answers in the wake of tragedy. In the spirit of Bruce Springsteen, TIM BARRY relates their tales without whitewashing their flaws or descending into rhetoric -- and that, arguably, is Laurel Street’s greatest triumph.

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 4 reviews (See Below)
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# Song Name Popularity
1 Idle Idylist Voted #1  28%
2 Sorrow Floats  0%
3 Gumshoe Andy Voted #2  17%
4 No News From North Voted #3  17%
5 Ain't Right Sure  17%
6 Sagacity Gone  6%
7 Church Of Level Track  17%
8 Carolina's RV  0%
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Mark from Charlestown, MA 
Jun 14 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This cd is good but it still sounds semi-awkward compared to the "Rivana Junction" cd. I suppose that's because it is Tim's first solo CD and he needed to gain more confidence being the sole performer. The tunes are good but I would only recommend this if you love the LP and need more.

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James from Canyon Country, CA 
May 24 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Tim Barry is perhaps a musical accident. Avail is o.k. but his solo projects reflect true life and a real knac for a sound that is almost country but not. I love this guy and hope for many other releases to come in his career.

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James from Poole, United Kingdom 
May 9 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

an absolutley fantastic cd. Raw, honest and absolutly contagious. Tim Barry is a man that was born to tell stories through song. Strictly for fans of good music...BUY IT NOW!

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Kyle from Ft. Collins, CO 
Apr 17 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

tim barry is the frontman of the great hardcore band avail. this cd shows his other side, where he spins tales of his personal experiences with just an acoustic guitar. the recording is raw and honest, and it really feel's that tim is playing from his heart. if yr expecting some hardcore punk, that's not what this cd is about. it's just pure american folk music with no strings attached. if you like bands such as lucero or drag the river you would probably like this.

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