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Last Days

by Barboline's Bleed Rail

The focus on our first release are short stories on world affairs.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. With My Hands
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2. November Echo Nine
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3. Heavy Water
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4. Rain
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5. Bleed Rail
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6. Punishment
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7. Answers
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8. Three Nails
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9. Walk Wth Me
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10. Last Days
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Album Notes
Internet Radio Interview from 2014 (amended 2017)

Joe Barboline, an incredible guitarist and vocalist out of Kalamazoo, MI spoke with us about growing up in Flint, his lengthy chat with Stevie Ray Vaughn and his biggest fans – his children!

[Radio Interview] Tell us about yourself and how you got started in music?

[Joe] I grew up in Flint, MI. I became very interested in music when Grand Funk Railroad in Flint hit it big. That’s when I knew I wanted to play guitar and would play that GFR album “On Time” over & over.

[Radio Interview]What/who are some of your musical influences? What is it about them?

[Joe] Grand Funk Railroad – Mark Farner’s guitar playing and because they were a power three piece when they first came out: also Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, the playing was so abstract and so fresh. I’ve always believed that Frank is one of the greatest composers and guitar players of our time.

Another group of bands in progressive rock – Yes, Gentle Giant, ELP, UK, Pink Floyd, Genesis with Peter Gabriel, and King Crimson all had absolutely fantastic guitar players
I was also very fortunate to have seen all of these bands live during their heyday
I used to work at Record Bar (a large record chain) and met Stevie Ray Vaughn at a CBS suite/back stage style meet and greet. I had over an hour long discussion with Stevie about guitar playing. What a great human being and guitar player! I never did ask him for an autograph, it just didn’t seem right because he was giving me quite an education about his passion for the guitar.

[Radio Interview]What drives you to make music?

[Joe] Ever since those early days when I picked up a guitar and only knew a D chord and slid it up and down the neck to make a song that was mine (in a Pink Floyd style).

I am extremely thankful to all the great guitar players that took time to share what they knew about guitar playing when I first started and even to this day …. Many thanks to all you!

Later on when I went to WMU in Kalamazoo, I used to meet up with these guys that would play acoustic guitars on East Campus hill. We’d play for hours until it was dark. My semester of incompletes! I was just learning how to jam.

As I got more confident, I ran into a guy who gave me one of the best musical educations ever; Dean Scott an old Jazz keyboard player. He had an old Fender Rhoades. He told me that there’s no such thing as a wrong note, just listen and let it happen. In fact, I played my first gig with him at a local strip club. He played his Fender Rhoades keyboard and I was just laying guitar licks on top. It was so strange, I’ll never forget it.

Not much later I started playing in various local bands; many with Tim Jacobs - a great guitar player who knew and taught me the standard cover songs (which I admit I wasn't very good at) but at least he was open to writing some originals. That’s where I met the two guys I’ve played with most of my life – Tim Schrieber on drums and Rod Warner on bass. Playing & writing in this three piece over all these years was just easy. We would never worry about a wrong note and the music just came to us. (Never stop live if you hit a wrong note!)

Sadly in 2012, Rod “Doc” Warner passed away and in 2015 Tim Schrieber passed away. I still play with both of them because we have little over an estimated 240 hours of jams that were never made into songs (60 on HD's and the balance on real to real tapes) and I’m still working on the best of those now. Having those bass lines from “Doc” and Tim’s Drums is truly a blessing.

I am also grateful to Brent McDonald (our Producer) who is musically brilliant (guitar, bass, keys & production techniques) and Joe Kovacs for most of the recording engineering in my studio. I always wanted to create albums that are sonically clean as possible. Thanks to Brent; all of this has pushed me to play and write more songs. Music is just so timeless!

Of course the best part of making new music is for my biggest fans; my children. They have a historical record of who their crazy old man was to pass on. Wouldn’t be amazing to have recordings of all the generations that came before! For me it’s all about leaving behind something I have been so passionate about all these years!

I am determined that my brothers in music will be remembered by all our family’s ...
[Radio Interview]What is your favorite part of performing or creating music? [Joe] The jam; Because when you’re in the studio or playing live, especially in a three piece for the basic tracks; there’s always a moment during the guitar solo that you’re almost to the point where it’s euphoric because you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you accidentally reach that point when the hair stands up on the back of your neck. You’ve reached an emotional point in that solo until the bass and the drums all meet back at the curb. I never tire of that.

The lyrics come slow for me over time. I keep little notebooks around so if I think of or hear some little fragment of a narrative, I write it down.

Later when I’m pouring over the Jam tracks, I pick one of those frags out and start recording a stream of consciousness scat vocal to capture a melody; write out the scat word for word; count out the lines; draft a construct; keep re-recoding the vocal and adjust the lyrics accordingly until it’s good enough to take out of the oven. Take it to Brent; to shorten the Jam and add keys or additional guitar tracks as he sees fit; whatever is best for the song. Hopefully it turns out to be a great short story that I like!

But sometimes they just turn out to be great instrumentals.

Point in short; I love the process! If I like it… that’s all that matters! It is what it is! If someone else buys in to my madness; what a bonus!

[Radio Interview]Please share with us some of the highlights from the past year.

[Joe] Brent finished mastering the Barboline’s Bleed Rail “Last Days” LP, “Broken Home” LP and “Playing with Ghosts” LP. (Which are all completed for release on CD Baby)

[Radio Interview]What are some of the happenings that you are looking forward to in 2014?

[Joe] Since the majority of the songs I write start out on the acoustic guitar, I plan on getting back to some open mike nights to test new songs and make people more familiar with songs I’ve already written.

[Radio Interview]Do you have any fan or gig stories to share with your fans?

[Joe] Many years ago, Tim, Doc, and I had an original three piece band called Dune. We were playing a sizable pig roast out in the country. A guy that loved our music wanted to be our light man. He convinced us to wear all white. Unbeknownst to us he only had black lights for his light show. At first we thought it was pretty cool. But when we started playing, every freaking bug in existence started landing on our clothes. We looked like we were crazy up there trying to brush off the bugs! I’ll never forget that!

Special thanks to:
Dave Russel & Jonathan Best for Dave's Saxes on "Playing With Ghosts - Change"
Bill Johnston - Inspiration when we were in Tank



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