Kevin Barker – You and Me

January 01, 1970



There’s no substitute for experience, and so it
follows that Kevin Barker’s work with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna
Newsom, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver, and Espers has prepared him well.  On this, his first outing under his own
auspices, Barker mines the rustic perspective he’s gathered from his
well-heeled resume and combines it with an off-handed saunter that frequently
brings to mind Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead in a more limber jam band


Produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Gary
Louris), You And Me makes
good use of an all-star line-up of nu-folk veterans, including Newsom, Pat
Sansone (Wilco), Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis), Eric Johnson
(Shins, Fruit Bats), and Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Espers). The emphatic pluck and
stomp of “Little Picture of You,” the low-lit gaze of “You & Me” and the
modest shuffle of “Mountain & Bear” signal the fact that he’s comfortable
in backwoods realms. Factor in the quiet saunter of “Amber” and the
folk-infused delivery of “My Lady” and it becomes clear that Barker can play
the role both of a wayfaring minstrel and a knowing musician, an artist whose
infatuation with traditional musings still accommodates his alternative
perspective. That fact alone makes You
And Me
an ideal combination.


: “Little Picture of
You,” “Amber,” “My Lady” LEE ZIMMERMAN




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