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Sam Barron

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Growing up on the streets of New York City dreaming of Planet Rock and playing hoops, Sam Barron pens songs about life, love and the human experience. With his latest release I Just Couldn’t Help Myself, Barron attributes his inspiration in many ways the result of a $40 guitar purchase made at a flea market. That guitar, a vintage Stella Harmony, has been twisting its way into Sam’s writing, giving him a new sound which he blends with some electronic elements from the streets of his youth. The title and cover art come from a not-so-discreet message left by artist Ben Baker for Sam on the bathroom wall of The Emerson Bar in Brooklyn. I Just Couldn’t Help Myself was recorded with Brain Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, Crazy and the Brains).

Barron began his professional career in Austin Texas, in the late 90’s when he and Lukey Luke of the Gorilla Biscuits, two self imposed exiles of New York City, got signed to an independent label called Kranzke Records. For five years the duo fronted the band Balance Baby and ultimately recorded an EP thanks to Kranzke.

Barron then returned to NYC and went on to work with Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Soko, Jon Derosa) and released a solo album called Temporary Fantasy (2005). Following his album with Charles, Sam moved away from the acoustic guitar and got financing for an album with his friend and drummer Sammy Siegler, another stalwart of the NYC hardcore scene (Warzone, Judge, Rival Schools). Together they formed The Bearded Seals and recorded 11 tracks with Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Book of Knots) engineering and Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) laying down the bass. That album (2007) called Lover in the Sea, remains one of his favorites.
After The Bearded Seals project, Sam fell out of fronting bands and decided to play more solo shows. So he headed back to his roots as a songwriter, and began playing regularly again at NYC’s Sidewalk Café. Eventually he found his way to the studio of Ian Love (Rival Schools, Burn) where he recorded an album called Hex Moon, independently released in 2013. That album was well received in the East Village Anti Folk scene, and recently one of its songs, has been licensed by filmmaker Kyle Gallagher for his upcoming short about New York City homelessness.
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Album: Hex Moon
Genre: Alternative
Mood: Fun, Nostalgic, Romantic, Sweet, Traveling
Description: File With: Jack Johnson, Tom Waits, Wilco, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Vic Chesnut
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Album: Hex Moon
Genre: Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Mood: Bright, Nostalgic, Romantic, Sweet, Tender
Description: File With: Jack Johnson, Tom Waits, Wilco, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Vic Chesnut
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Album: Hex Moon
Genre: Alternative
Mood: Atmospheric, Laid Back, Moody, Retrospective, Sad
Description: File With: Jack Johnson, Tom Waits, Wilco, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Vic Chesnut
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Album: Hex Moon
Genre: Acoustic
Mood: Heartfelt, Mellow, Positive
Description: File With: Jack Johnson, Tom Waits, Wilco, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Vic Chesnut

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