“It's possible to compare Valley Entertainment recording artist Frank Barter to any number of distinctive singer/songwriters: Lyrically Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young come to mind and vocally you can hear Roy Orbison, Elvis, and Jim Morrison as influences. Barter's honest, simple-yet-complex songs most often evoke strong emotional responses from his audience. With a captivating live presentation that drives the message forward, and the crowds wild! Wow!”
Frank Barter Electronic Press Kit
Valley Entertainment artist Frank Barter broke on the Seattle scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. He’s been compared to great singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and works a crowd that would make Freddie Mercury proud! Frank undoubtedly is humbled by those comparisons. “Having my name lumped into with those guys is terrific, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some folks have been touched by what I try to do on that kind of level, is pretty special.”He has toured the west coast and Pacific Northwest extensively and opened for Chuck Berry, John Haitt, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Johnny Copeland, Curtis Selgado, and Duffy Bishop to name a few.
He writes, sings, and performs like a guy who’s been beat up and still won’t quit, like a guy who’s been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his Valley Entertainment release "Ready" feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret.
Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn’t hold back for anyone or anything. New York Times Best selling music writer, and former publisher of Seattle's "The Rocket" Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as “Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset. If you’ve never seen one of those, they’re burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That’s where Frank Barter takes you."
“I tend to write my songs from a visual place. Almost theatrically. I get a set in my head and then try and create a story or a character in that setting. I am not sure why that works best other than I have some theater chops from the past. Not all the time though. Sometimes I'll hear about something so moving and if it really touches me, it kind of writes itself.”
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It's Frank and the US Open! After watching some of the world's greatest golfers, come into town and join one of the best entertainer's around. You've had to whisper all day long, but not tonight!!! Come cut loose.
Frank returns to one of his favorite venues, the Back Room in Berkeley, CA. Always hosted by Sam Rudin, piano jazz master, Sam allows Frank to come in and rock his house for a night. Frank will bring in some artists to make it an awesome night at the beginning of another California summer.
The Bistro in historic downtown Hayward, CA. A high energy club with a new stage and a history of great musical acts. Frank returns and this time, he's bringing his full band on a Saturday night on the 4th of July weekend. Bam!
Frank returns to Seattle where it all began! On the grounds of the Seattle Center at the Fisher Green Stage. Frank has promised a show to remember. Rumors are flying that he is planning some sort of "Reunion" with select musicians from his time in Seattle. Stay tuned for those details as they develop. It's summer! It's Seattle! It's music and food and Frank!