Turn of the century, South Salem, New York, Music, An old barn. Was there a storm? Nah, we made that up, ‘cause it sounded right. And for more zing, an exclamation point--BARNSTORM!
Winter rehearsals in Anne-Marie’s barn required firing up the wood stove and chasing chickens out of the loft. If we, and the chickens behaved, A-M handed us fresh eggs before we headed home.
Pre-Barnstorm, Anne-Marie, Birks and Mickey performed acoustic, bluegrass, folk-rock tunes, concentrating on their tasty, three-part vocals. Soon, John added his exotic percussion, then a bit of electric guitar was thrown in. Jimmie sat in on bass from time to time. Paul and Brian soon signed on full time on bass and drums, supplying a rock-solid rhythm foundation. Barnstorm’s core lineup was now set, with six members providing vocals, two guitars, bass, drums and exotic percussion.
Once we were seven with Vince dishing out amazing acoustic and electric violin, mandolin, guitars and vocals. Vince and Paul have since moved on, but not to worry. Tim has boldly taken on bass (and philosophical) duties.
Hang with us when you can. You’ll catch a bunch of Grateful Dead tunes, and who knows what—maybe some Bonnie Raitt, Allman Brothers, Hank Williams, Beatles, Stones and a crazy bunch of electric bluegrass, folk, country, pop blues and rock classics.
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