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      December 7, 2017

      Thursday   8:30 PM

      2501 Kettner Boulevard
      San Diego, California 92101

      Tim Barry

      with Roger Harvey, A.W. (Allison Weiss)
      Right now, Tim Barry is detoxing. Not from drugs or alcohol, but fromhis own music. When the records finally done, and the master isapproved, I erase every file thats been sent to me and I throw out allthe CDs with all of the rough mixes. I get rid of everything, says Barry.And thats exactly where hes at, in the middle of cleanse from his ownwork. But on September 8, hell sit down with his new record, High On95 (Chunksaah Records), one last time. And like everyone elselistening to it that day, itll be for the first time. I generally never listento the record again except one time on the day it comes out, saysBarry. Thats when I actually hear the record from the perspective ofthe people who are into it. And what those people will hearalongwith the artist himselfis a record that explores the human conditionin classic Tim Barry fashion.Slow Down opens the record and sees Barry tearing at his guitarstrings while weaving a tale about alienation, shame, and getting thehell out of Brooklyn. His sister Caitlin Hunts lonesome violin joins himon his journey, as Barrys burly voice lumbers forth, admitting faults(Ive always been thirsty / Ive always been a wreck) but neverbecoming defeated. Its a song that sets up the themes that will betouched on time and again throughout High On 95: Fear, loneliness,pain, and isolation. But for all these anxieties, Barry never wallows.Instead, he finds hope in the journey.If Im talking about real life shit, just getting things off of my chest, ifthey dont have an element of hope, then theres no use in writing it,says Barry. And for every moment that aches with a feeling thatborders on defeat, its flanked by Barrys perseverance andunbreakable work ethic. While theres a song like Running NeverTamed Me, which Barry says caused his two daughters to breakdown crying the first time they heard it, theres a song like Riverbank,which carries a foot-stomping swagger that invites you into theanthemic ruckus. Against a steady backbeat, vamped piano, and NeilYoung-esque, single-note solos, Barry becomes the ringleader of atriumphant chorus, guiding his collaborators to the songs apex.I become the conductor, says Barry, explaining that his process ofleading his assembled studio band involves a whole lot of hummingwhat he hears in his head and some wild, impassioned gesticulating.All of the parts that are added to the recorded songs are my hummingbetween lyrics, says Barry, noting that everyone else in his camp is atalented, pro musician and that he trusts them to fill in the gapsnotthat he needs much help.Like all of his albums, High On 95 was recorded by Lance Koehler atMinimum Wage Studios in Richmond Virginia. And thats because, bynow, Koehler knows exactly how to record Barrys performances. itsjust one take, says Barry, Lance knows the more I do it, the worseits gonna get. You lose something when you play it more and more.So get it right. And thats exactly what Barry did. High On 95 carriesthe raw, emotional catharsis thats become synonymous with a TimBarry album. Every syllable exits his mouth with a fire propelling them,the kind of passion that cant be forced or faked. Not that there wasever a reason to expect anything less.

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