Tim Barry left his hardcore punk behinds him years ago and the Virginia native has spent the past decade dabbling in the more intimate world of indie folk as a first-rate singer/songwriter. I’ve been a big fan since 2006’s “Laurel Street Demo 2005” and Barry has consistently managed to deliver a terrific album every couple of years.
For latest effort “Lost & Rootless,” Barry was aiming for an old-time vibe with a modern sensibility. “That’s the feel that I was going for when I picked the songs,” he says of the 13-track release. “There’s violin, voice, a wooden resonator guitar … there’s a very subtle electric bass on one track, but otherwise I wanted to do a wooden record.”
The results, as so often are the case with Barry’s work, are terrific. In addition to a dozen originals — highlighted by “No News From the North,” “Poppa’s Porch,” “Older and Poorer,” “Breathe Slow Let ‘Em Pass,” the title track and “I’m Only Passing Through” — there’s a stellar cover of Blaze Foley’s “Clay Pigeons.” It’s time you got to know Tim Barry. Trust me. (Jeffrey Sisk)