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Aug 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM

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We all have music that transports us back in time. The song your family sings every holiday. Thetrack that makes you reminisce about a first love. The music that instantly reminds you of whereyou came from but also of how far you've come.For Dave Barnes, that music is from the 1970s Los Angeles scene where the Eagles, FleetwoodMac and Jackson Browne left the greatest mark. It is these early influences sounds thatencapsulate the direction of Barnes latest release, Carry On, San Vicente. "This is one of themost true versions of myself that I've probably ever made." says Barnes.Barnes is a respected Nashville songwriter who received Grammy and CMA nominations forBlake Shelton's recording of his song "God Gave Me You," and has also penned songs for TimMcGraw, Marc Broussard, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector and manyothers. He has toured extensively over the past 14 years as an artist showcasing his catalog ofnine full-length albums, including his latest nine-track release Carry On, San Vicente as well asopening for artists including Bonnie Raitt, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, OneRepublic and more.Dave approached the creation of Carry On, San Vicente differently than past releases, wanting tocraft a specific sound and an easy listening experience where fans could keep the album onrepeat all day long as they go about their lives."I sat over a couple of weeks thinking about what the next move was in my career. I figured whatwould be fun to do now in this stage, where I have enough of a bedrock of music that peopleknow what I do and who I'm about, would be to venture out a bit. Or in this case, return to theroots of what inspired me in the first place," he says.After watching the Eagles documentary History of the Eagles, he thought it'd be fun to create apiece of work that embodied the 1970s Los Angeles music scene and started writing songs thathe planned to release in the form of an EP. Pretty soon he had more songs than an EP typicallyoffers.I had a couple of prerequisites I really wanted it to feel desert-y and sparse and evoke thatkind of imagery. I also wanted it to be something you could sing to pretty easily on the firstlisten, the second and third chorus you can sing along. That was the biggest deal. The singabilityfactor was key," he explains. "When you hear those Eagles songs, Jackson Browne songs,Fleetwood Mac, so much of that stuff is so memorable melodically. They're really difficult towrite but they're so easy to sing and participate in and that was important to me to try and pullthat off.Songs like album opener "She's the One I Love" embody the catchiness and musicality of theaforementioned era of music with its layered guitar parts and vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, thesoaring "Sunset Santa Fe" with wavering pedal steel accompaniment and slowed guitar partspaints a vivid landscape for the listener. A thank you letter to his wife for allowing him to createa space to live out his dream, it's a song he calls one of the most honest tracks on the record. "Ido feel like every time I listen to 'Sunset Santa Fe' it becomes more potent," he admits.Highlights on Carry On, San Vicente include the country leaning "Glow Like the Moon,"complete with banjo accompaniment. Barnes says it's the closest he's ever come to making acountry record. Meanwhile, piano ballad "Wildflower" has him channeling Billy Joel once againas well as Elton John with piano as the focal point of the song alongside memorable lyrics andelectric guitar riffs. "It was more of an indulgence," he says of the guitar interlude. Its a funmusical moment on the record.Title track, "Carry On, San Vicente," is a song of encouragement that sounds like it would fitperfectly in an Eagles set list. It's a song that Barnes' hopes uplifts the listener. "Memories don'tmake us who we are/ There's a silver lining in every scar/ Everything's forgiven/ Forgettin's up toyou/ Carry on, San Vicente," he sings.A constant creator, Barnes says he is always trying to expand how people view what he does. "Ithink it's cool for people to go, 'I really didn't know that he could do this.' As people give you thegrace to push the edges of what you do, you create more space to continue to do that."Barnes concludes that Carry On, San Vicente is a return to the beginning, confessing that themusic shared in the nine songs is as honest as he has ever been in showcasing himself."It's so much of what I grew up listening to. This is the kind of music that if I have to listen tosomething all day without hitting pause or forward, this is the music - it's so innate to me," heconcedes. "It's so much of my soundtrack growing up, this world, this genre of music.Carry On, San Vicente is a departure from the sound that fans have become used to from his pasteight albums but it is an album Barnes stands behind and he is sure his fans will embrace andenjoy. So whether you grew up a fan of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene like Barnes, or haveyour own personal soundtrack that transports you back in time, Dave Barnes' Carry On, SanVicente will fit perfectly in any music collection.

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