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Growing up in Louisville, KY, I was exposed to some wonderful guitarists and musicians in the 60's & 70's. Barry King's name came up frequently in conversations with musician friends, he was this mysterious legendary figure that had already played with Charlie Daniels & Billy Cox of band of Gypsies. Unfortunately, I moved out of Louisville in the late 70's and never got to meet him till a few years later. We finally got to play together a few years back, it was a very enjoyable experience."
Barry is a wonderful guitarist, has great chops, beautiful tone, the stuff we guitarists all strive for. Barry is also a fine writer and has the ability to convey his lyrics in his own and honest way. Barry's "Woodstock (Every Time An Old Rock Star Dies)" strikes a chord with me on several levels. Woodstock, the festival, was an influence on my generation through the film and the album. Barry is one of the lucky people that attended the festival, I can only imagine the impact it made of him! Barry's story is similar to many of us that aspired to play in a rock n' roll band, especially us that remember Woodstock. It's true, every time one of our heroes passes on, it makes us realize of that life is but a vapor. Barry does a wonderful job conveying his story, which in many ways is our own." --Greg Martin - The Kentucky HeadHunters
Referring to the song, "Woodstock (Every Time An Old Rock Star Dies)":
"What an incredible song Barry, man! What an incredible song, man... that's all I've got to say." --Billy Cox - Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys
"The song, "Woodstock (Every Time An Old Rock Star Dies)" is written by an exceptionally talented musician, Barry King. This is a great song about one of the most important musical events of the 20th century: it captures the essence of what the festival was all about." --Taz DiGregorio - Charlie Daniels Band
Date of birth: 10/23/55
musician, producer, and voice over artist.
Pickin’runs in the family.
I had a cousin (Herman Alvey) that was a champion fiddle player that played for Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones.
Got my first guitar at age 5. I would sit for hours sometimes in a 1960 Ford falcon, trying to figure out how to play it. Played in many bands over the years. Opened shows for too many headliners to mention. Have played hotels, bars, dance halls,
And anywhere they would pay us to play. Some of my influences would be Chet Atkins, Jethro Burns, Don Reno, and Vassar Clements. I also played with Kitty Wells, and Johnny Wright. They treated me as one of the family. My family was also into trucking. In between gigs, I always had a truck sitting around that I could put to use in order to pay bills. I guess it’s a “cowboy” thing! I intend to keep on playing music till I’m no longer able. Hopefully a long, long time! God bless America!
If You Can’t Be Good, Be Good At It
Endless Blues 2020
Review by David Bowling
Somewhere in the distant past, a Mick Kolassa album was one of my first reviews. That was over 2000 reviews ago. I don’t remember ever hearing a poor or even average Mick Kolasa album. His releases have been universally excellent and each has had a distinct flavor to it. His newest release, If You Can’t Be Good, Be Good At It follows in that tradition.
As with just about all artists, the Covid-19 virus has kept him off the road. Mick Kolassa filled that idle time by going into the studio and recording a new album, comprised of nine original and two cover tunes.
He uses his blues roots as a center for his music and then expands it into several styles and directions. “I Can’t Help Myself” imoves in a soulful direction and is a rare love song from Kolassa. He plumbs the depths of James Taylor’s catalogue for “Lo And Behold,” which he takes in a harder direction.
“Good Day For The Blues” and “Slow And Easy Love” are what he does best and form the heart and soul of the album. They are slow blues pieces that tell simple stories. His cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking” is his nod toward the era of classic blues.
The music is fuller than many of his albums as he has a full band behind him and gives the music a little more bite than usual.
If You Can’t Be Good, Be Good At It is a fine addition to Mick Kolassa’s body of music. It bears repeated listens as it sinks into the consciousness.
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