Lee Barber CD Release Party Tonight at The Continental Club
Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Lee Barber first came to Austin by way of Mississippi with his band The Barbers in the early 90s. Even then, his music carried the atmosphere and the stories he grew up with – R&B, and the soul and spirit that run deep in the water. It was borne of “a certain pace in the deep South,” says Barber, in an interview with David Brown on Texas Music Matters. “Tempos are often slowed down a little bit.”
This year, Barber completed his first solo album, Thief and Rescue, filled with lush arrangements and deeply personal thoughts througout. For Barber, creating a song is an attempt to reach a place that you can’t normally reach with words or description. The music is the only means of communication. “My approach to music is very intuitive, and to writing as well,” he says.
In making the album, Barber enlisted the help of some local talents including Amy Annelle, Jon Greene, Seela, producer and former Glass Eye bassist and vocalist Brian Beattie, and Will Sheff of Okkervil River, with whom Barber does a duet on the song “Darla.”
There’s a big Thief and Rescue CD release party planned for tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. Barber will perform with his band The Broken Cup, and opening acts include some drum ‘n’ drone by The Brian Beattie Show, and fabulous riffs ‘n’ grooves by Li’l Cap’n Travis. Get there around 10 p.m. Highly recommended.