Barley Station Background Info
Barley Station is a three piece band whose music combines the roots of Americana, Pop/Rock, Country, and Folk and puts them in a blender with a dash of amaretto pouring out a tasty glass of sound. The result is a distinctly alternative blend that draws deeply from its roots yet looks forward and to the future.
The music features two, three, and occasionally four-part harmonies, driving rhythms, and contagious melodies. The songwriting covers the whole gamut of emotions moving from upbeat bright material to darker or introspective moods.
Real instruments – real voices – real harmonies – all organic (via Barley Station’s ReverbNation Page)
Barley Station is from my hometown of O’Fallon, Missouri. They have just released their debut album, After All, and I would suggest you check it out. There is so much to like about this band, I’m not sure where to start. They have amazing rhythm, great vocals, deep bass, impeccable harmony, tight drums beats, and clever and intricate guitar riffs. Taking a page from some 70s Folk singers, the lyrics have a fresh sound and feeling.
Barley Station is a mixed bag of genres. They have a little bit of everything. Country, Folk, Rock, with even a hint of Jazz at times. Several of their songs remind me faintly of something Right Away, Great Captain might come up with. These are your classic “thinking songs”. Great music to sit back, relax, and just listen to.
Barley Station has an addictive “twang” about their music that, honestly, I never knew I liked. In fact, I had to make a new category in the Genre section for Country just for them. It’s a big day for everyone, I guess. First Aid Kit has a similar Country vibe to their songs, though, Barley Station kicks it up a notch or two.
My favorite song from Barley Station is True (I’m a sucker for harmonicas). True kind of strikes me as old-time Country, maybe even, dare I say it, Kenny Rogers. It has a slow yet progressive beat, great harmony, harmonica, and finger-picking awesome guitar. The lyrics are totally different from your typical mainstream radio crap. They tell a story, are intriguing, captivating and force you to listen.
My next favorite song is Close to One, which has a quicker, foot-tapping beat to it with a little more Pop than True. Straying from the acoustic format, the electric guitar has a nice clean sound (perhaps a hint of distortion) with a touch of reverb/chorus. And of course, they have some excellent harmony.
If you’re in the mood for strong, passionate music look no further than Barley Station. Even if Country isn’t your favorite genre, I’m going to bet you’ll like Barley Station. Check out their music courtesy of ReverbNation below.