It's possible to compare Frank Barter to any number of distinctive singer/songwriters: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Seger are names Barter's honest, simple-yet-complex songs most often evoke. ”

Seattle Times

Frank Barter Electronic Press Kit

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, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners.  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 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.” 



Faces of Frank

Frank Barter "Live"

Frank Barter "Live"

Frank Barter "Portrait"

Frank Barter "Portrait"

Frank Barter "Live"

Frank Barter "Live"

Sample Frank's Work

Barter "LIVE"

Frank Barter/Matt Jaffe Band

The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Berkeley on a Saturday Night! This promises to be a great night of Rock n Roll when Frank and his band teams up with Matt Jaffe and his band. Matt is a terrific singer/songwriter who is being produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and has been opening for folks like MAVIS STAPLES, WILCO, and BLUES TRAVELER

Frank Barter

Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, CA 94946

Frank has his debut performance at the historic venue. A one of a kind artist at a one of a kind place!! Zagat calls RN the “Buzzy hub for American fare & live music” and has this description: “A hell of a crowd” “looking to have a good time” puts on its “dancing boots” before heading to this “rustic” “old cowboy bar” in Nicasio where “quick, attentive” servers deliver “excellent” drinks; featuring “nationally known” roots, rock and R&B acts on weekends and a “fun” summer “backyard barbecue series”, it’s a “Marin institution” for “lots of locals” and an “unexpected treat” for newcomers that’s “well worth the trip” to “the middle of nowhere.”