Michael Barry-Rec | On The Road To North Mountain

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On The Road To North Mountain

by Michael Barry-Rec

A captivating musical journey showcasing melodies that are drenched in flowing tones, ethereal steel and swirling beats.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. In Your Waking Hours
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2. Funky Side Up
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3. Bo Kata 1
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4. Cold Sun
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5. Go Fly A Kite
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6. ... Thru The Fog
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7. Verge Street
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8. A Chance To Dream
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9. Elements
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10. Rain Or Shine
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11. Braking Point
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Album Notes
Born and raised in a small rural town in southeastern Connecticut Michael picked up the guitar at an early age. He played in various "below the radar" bands and in his early twenties embarked on a life changing cross country soul search which eventually landed him back on the east coast in Rockbridge County Virginia. It was here that he began to experiment with loop technology and also fulfilled a long held desire to play the lap steel. It was also here, ironically, that he was irresistibly drawn to the art of stone masonry. He was fascinated to observe that by pushing the boundaries of his creative potential in a physical direction with the stonework a hidden pendulum would often swing and draw out melodious gems from somewhere deep in his psyche.

Enter his debut - On The Road To North Mountain. An instrumental odyssey that defies simple description. Organic acoustic guitar and atmospheric lap steel make up the core of this remarkable album. Progressive Ears amply stated, "Very rarely does something knock me off my feet like this disc from Virginia guitarist Michael Barry-Rec. This is music that needs to be heard and experienced." 2008 brought the release of Streams In The Desert. A carefully crafted album revealing a maturing artist. Showing outstanding potential for film this disc was awarded "Acoustic Film Score of the Year" at the 2008 Los Angeles Music Awards. His most current full length effort, Continuum, once again exposes an artist refusing to be confined by external influences. Featuring special guest contributions from George Winston on lead single Sanctum and bassist JD Foster who has toured with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Dwight Yoakam. Additional stellar contributions were made by Johnny Hott (drums) and Adrian Olsen (hammond organ) Exhibiting a very tasteful blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation Michael continues to invite his listeners on often lush, harmonic excursions thick with melodic sensibilities.



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Music Street Journal

Sometimes words just don't do justice. Such is the case here...
Sometimes words just don't do justice. Such is the case here. If I had to describe this on it's own merits I'd have to say that a healthy helping of instrumental folk music with hints of blues and country is combined with arrangements that often times call to mind early Pink Floyd. That comes close but it really doesn't convey just how strong this disc is....

Mysteries Magazine

Captivating music!
Michael Barry-Rec's vibrant musical style showcases melodies on this CD that are drenched in flowing tones,layered sounds and swirling beats. Captivating music without all the hoopla, On The Road To North Mountain provides a musical journey well worth taking.

George Winston

I Love This CD !
MIchaels music is beautifully organic and vital!

Ron Fuchs

This whole album is a highlight
This whole album is a highlight and one of the very few that you can't help but keep listening to the end. This is something serious music lovers should check out ASAP!

Floyd Bledsoe

Michael has taken his time and crafted an excellent album!
MBR has taken his time and crafted an excellent album of not only great music but also great moments. It's as if this were the soundtrack to a very peaceful journey with amazingly beautiful scenery. On The Road To North Mountain is a great diversion from all the over-inflated attempts at serious music theses days.

Kim Kerschl

very nice and mellow with a hint of spice
Love it. Very well done and is a pleasure to listen to. Totally awesome!

Bob Edmonds

Everyone should own a copy of this CD!
Michael has his feet on the ground and head in the stars! One of the better independent, even major releases I've heard this year