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Frank's going into the Studio!!! 

Fans have been wondering when Frank was going to get off the road and into the studio to record the new music they heard he has been writing. GREAT NEWS! He will be recording new music throughout December and into 2020 and should be released on the Valley Entertainment label later this winter.  The new compositions co-written with guitarist songwriter Stephen Pavlik are called "Endless Storm", "Tuesday Was Her Name" and "White Picket Fence".

Frank will be joined by members of his road band, Fred Wolford (Drums, Co-Producer), Perry Birch (Bass Guitar), Mark Butler (Keyboard and Piano) and Stephen Pavlik (Acoustic Guitar, Co-Songwriting). And many guest artists.

The first two songs "Endless Storm and "Tuesday Was her Name"  are love songs wrapped in familiar Barter themes...the road, love at first sight, the couple will make it through all the obstacles and learn about life on the way.

"White Picket Fence" is a much different theme. It's Frank taking a shot at the political discord in America. How the middle class and poor are lied too, and the truth is no longer a priority. He describes it this way. "Look, I'm not naive, politicians use to lie to us behind our backs. Now they look you in the eye and tear up the Constitution right in your face. The President says out loud that the House of Representatives doesn't have the right to impeach him, when that right is exactly what the Constitution says the House has...and what is mind numbing people from his party agree with him. So like a lot of people I've had it and I'm going to record my first political song. I've written plenty, but I just think what Steph brought to me was the perfect vehicle. It's going to be something. It could be our Bohemian Rhapsody. I think its that's good!

Frank says about the new music, "I approached Steph to co-write because he played me some melodies he had come up with, and they were great. Much different than what I was working on, and frankly I was looking to get away from the formula I found myself following. You have to grow right? I had been listening to a whole lot of great music at the time, s. Hetill am actually...Beatles, Queen, and great country singer the late Keith Whitley. And the one link these artists have is a great vocalist or vocalists and great songs. And much different than what I had been churning out. So it opened me up to writing differently and co-writing. Think of the Beatles and Queen and you think of John and Paul's voices and Freddie's...right? But they also had very diverse material and all of those guys could sing many different styles. With Keith I was pulling the great vocalist telling his story. Singing traditional country songs, which I love, in this beautiful baritone. Man what a rich tone! So these songs are definitely Frank Barter songs, but they are definitely different from the Ready and Dreamtown and Stone Highways records"

 

The Original "Wheatfields"  

Step Back in time and listen to the very first track Frank ever recorded. The place is The Music Source in Seattle. A vintage recording studio and one that helped place Nirvana into music history.

On this day, Frank Barter is making his move. Frank isn't just sentimental about this track today. "I've recorded Wheatfields three different times as my career has moved along. I still think this is the best version ever. Brett Bowen's bouncing rthymic bassline is the backbone, Roger Swanson's drum's have a sound that are perfect for the tone of what we were trying to do. And that guitar. That's a very old Gibson Les Paul copy made by a company called 'Memphis'. Every time we were trying to get a certain guitar sound, inevitably someone would ask, 'Have you tried the Memphis?' I loved that guitar.

It found its way onto Frank's first album release, "Stone Highways" as the lead track.

Recorded by Brad Purkey

 

"Good Times"  

In it's August 1, 2018 issue, "Good Times" Arts Magazine featured Frank in a well written account of Frank's musical quest and the challenges he has faced in his musical and personal life. 

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No Place Like Home 

On Thursday night, August 3rd, in front of a celebratory local crowd including his whole family, at Flynn's Cabaret in Felton, Frank put on a show for the ages. Joined by his band and with special guest artist's Adam Yarme on mandolin, and Stephen (pronounced like Stefan) Pavlik on acoustic guitar, they did an impassioned version of Frank's "Dreamtown". The song is about the search for home and all who were there felt like had finally come home. 

Also, in the crowd that night was the majority of the wonderful nursing team from Dominican Hospital's Infusion Center. The significance of them celebrating Thursday was, this is the squad of professional's that nursed Frank back to health after a recent health diagnosis. During parts of the night, a dry eye was hard to find. Thanks to Annelies Corwin Walbridge for organizing getting everyone there. Nights like this are once in a lifetime. "These are the women I saw once a week when I was at my most scared and vulnerable. Going into treatment I had no idea I was going to meet some of the most inspiring, fun, and loving people I had ever met. If I didn't have them to be around during the treatment, I don't know how I would have gotten by..", Frank said about the nurses.

No place like home.

The Journey has Begun 

Frank and his band launched into the Bay Area with a huge bang. In front of a full house at Armando's in Martinez, they ripped through Barter favorites Graveyard Songs, Wheatfields, Blue Cloud Night and many more. At times the line to get in wrapped around the block.

The Band and 3 New Bay Area Shows 

*  Frank has been rehearsing with his band all spring getting "Ready", ready. The Bay Area lineup is very similar to the lineup he had previously and are featured on the release "Frank Barter: The KPFA Performances" featuring:

In alphabetical order:

Perry Birch-Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals 

Mark Butler-Piano, Keyboards

Paul Navarro-Drums, Percussion 

Mauro Rodriguez-Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Backing Vocals

"A terrific, tight unit, and all have an appreciation of the power of music. Played passionately, it can change lives. I'm very happy and fortunate to be playing with these gentlemen. They are all good citizens too."

-Frank

And how do you see this live extravaganza? Go to the "Shows" tab above to see the 3 New shows just added on the Central California Coast. The beautiful coastline, slow dancing and cocktails, or electric dancing and more cocktails, whatever your pleasure. 

 

 

Fall Solo Tour 

Frank will hit the road SOLO in September to bring his music back to the great Pacific Northwest with stops in....

 

Medford, OR

Eugene, OR

Salem, OR

Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

Tri Cities, WA

Spokane, WA

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Boise, ID

Salt Lake City, UT

Reno, NV

 

Stay tuned for specific dates and locations

 

 

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