Danny Barnes | Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)

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Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)

by Danny Barnes

Innovative banjo with an acoustic spin on the barnyard electronics aesthetic
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get Myself Together
2:17 $0.99
2. Rat's Ass
3:21 $0.99
3. Big Girl Blues
3:29 $0.99
4. Get Me Out of Jail
3:09 $0.99
5. Cumberland Gap
2:49 $0.99
6. Let Your Light Shine On Me
2:07 $0.99
7. Cut a Rug
2:39 $0.99
8. Corn Kingdom Come
1:45 $0.99
9. Wasted Mind
3:56 $0.99
10. Get It On Down the Line
3:13 $0.99
11. Cat to the Rat
2:04 $0.99
12. Big Shoe
4:13 $0.99
13. I'm Convicted
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
I spend a lot of time developing new contexts like the barnyard electronics aesthetic. Get Myself Together was my last acoustic-type recording and it was ten years ago. I get quite a bit of fan mail about it, but, unfortunately, the label that released it went out of business. I wanted to make something with this record that featured more of my raw acoustic sound, as though I was kind of playing in your living room. Also, I practice and take lessons and work like crazy on this stuff, so I feel like my chops are better after ten years of hard work.
I had to come up with a different scene for each song. The original context for these songs was as though I had made a movie and everything was all committed to celluloid. However, with music you tend to shape things as you play them live. The routine is: You write something, you record it, then you go play it for ten years on the road. So, in returning to the music, I had a bit of a different perspective. It's more like a dramatic work in that the company that performs it and the venue it's performed in necessarily changes the meaning – post-structuralism, situationism, open source.
I enjoy these songs and I think they are “real songs,” if that makes any sense. They can be strummed on a one-string instrument and they still make sense and tell the story. They don't depend on effects or processing. I think they are worth a busy person taking time to jam on them.
– Danny Barnes, as told to Brian T. Atkinson

Danny Barnes, this year's recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, used a Bishline open-back banjo with bare fingers on this album. He recorded in his kitchen (technically, his dining room) through a Shure KSM 313 ribbon microphone for the banjo and Shure SM-7 for vocals.



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