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Hideko J. Mills, lead guitar
About the ArtistBIOGRAPHY
Barb Barton plays guitar with fingers that first touched strings when Barton was five years old. Her lyrics found life in elementary school, written with a No. 2 pencil. Her music was born and raised in the woods and waters of the Great Midwest, accompanied by her father’s singing voice that reminded her of Vaughan Monroe.
She has followed the musical cues of the artists she listened to in her 20s. Buffy St. Marie, Dan Fogelberg, Heart, Roy Clark, Michael Hedges, Zeppelin.
In small or large venues, whether she’s brought one daddad-tabbed guitar, or four, her audiences love her. Those who don’t want to adopt Barb Barton, want to fix her up with their kids. You like Barton and her award-winning music because you chose her with all your senses. Like you chose your mechanic, your daycare provider, your partner. Her music is personal.
Today, as a musician, a woman and a biologist, Barb Barton hopes that “people can reconnect with themselves and the Great Mother Earth and all our relations,” and she finds renewable energy from other musicians, her audience and the planet.
If trees sang back-up, they’d be touring with Barb Barton.
Barton’s music comes from the nameless place that connects brain and heart. As a biologist, she might tell you the location does not exist. As a musician/songwriter, she knows right where it lives. And her music lands precisely on the X at the sweet spot.
Think ear reiki. Close your eyes, imagine a soul massage. Picture a Lake Superior mirage Drench your brain. Music your heart.
Count your senses. You sure you only have five?
Now you’ve got Barton’s music. Book some. Now.
Guitars and vocals – Barb Barton
No Shirt Required 1991
From the Eye of Hawk 1992
Live at the Ark 2000
The River 2007
Coming Home 2008
Turtle Dove release 2010
Guest artist on:
Dreamcatchers Volumes 1-5
Follow Thru by Bobbi Carmitchell, Locust Lane Music
Anishnaabe amaazodaa (Let’s Sing in Ojibwe) by Diiva miinwaa Davis, Sunshine Records
As a folk radio show host, I am always listening to new music, and attending concerts and music events both for enjoyment and to discover new artists. At the recent Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, I was exposed to dozens of artists, some new, some familiar, but Barb Barton was among the few who turned my ears around, delivering a sensational showcase performance that was moving and iveting,a burst of fabulous guitar playing, beautiful songs, and an overall impressive performance. I would describe Barb simply as a major talent, a true "triple threat"--an excellent singer, songwriter, and guitarist."
Lilli Kuzma, Folk Festival show on WDCB Public Radio in Chicagoland
“Your Michigan song graced my show yesterday. It's one of those songs that grabs hold and won't let go. While you focus on imagery that is in your experience, it's a song that everyone should identify with if there is a place in their hearts that is so dear. Also, anyone who successfully attempts any of Hedges pieces is amazing in my book. You not only
do it successfully, but add something of yourself to the arrangement as well.” Steve Jerrett, Sunday Morning Coffeehouse, KOPN Public Radio, Columbia, MO
Cover Bands Winner, December 2011
July 2009 Judging Excellence
June 2009 Judging Excellence
Top 40 in Cover Bands, October 2011