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.
In 2007, Barton began performing with N’Diiva miinwa Davis, a musical group that promotes the Ojibwe language through performing pop songs translated into the Ojibwe language. She has performed with them at Ojibwe language conferences and universities in Michigan, including Helen Roy’s (N’Diiva) hometown of Wikwemikong Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Canada. Barton provided background vocals, guitar, and according on the group’s third CD.
Barb Barton leads a dual life... musician by night, endangered species biologist by day. Helping to restore balance and harmony with the Earth and all Our Relations is her mission, whether through song or through science. Indeed this woman is many faceted, but the best way to know Barb Barton is by listening and feeling her music, for that is were her spirit dwells.
“No Shirt Required” – Asarae Productions 1991
“From the Eye of Hawk” – Asarae Productions 1992
“Live at the Ark” – Asarae Productions 2000
“The River” – Asarae Production 2008
“Coming Home” – Asarae Productions 2008
“Turtle Dove” – Asarae Productions 2010
Buy tunes from my web page www.barbbarton.com
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