Roddy BarnesMay 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Described by the Augusta Free Press:
Although he is now known as a blues and jazz pianist, Roddy Barnes was trained as a classical pianist. He made the transition to blues and jazz during study in France and subsequent graduate work at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He then moved to New Orleans where he absorbed the roots of American music before relocating to Austin, Texas. There he became a member of one of the most exciting music scenes in the USA. Now living in Virginia, Barnes has released six of his own albums and has been featured on a variety of national radio programs. He has been invited to perform in several countries. Roddy is also a composer whose compositions have been recorded by many notable performers including Gaye Adegbalola and Ann Rabson, individually as well as by their group Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women.
Blues Blast Magazine gave one of the best summary of Barnes talents. It said, “Barnes demonstrates that he is a multi-layered talent indeed, someone from whom one desires to hear more: an able songwriter whose songs are often laced with ironic wit; an expressive vocalist with a strong, clear tenor; and a masterful piano player who can romp with the boogie and play the blues.” They might have added that he is a great comic as well.