Brad Barr Solo Album/Tour


Brad Barr
NYC's Tompkins Square label will release guitarist Brad Barr's solo debut, The Fall Apartment: Instrumental Guitar, on September 16, 2008. Brad will be opening for Sonya Kitchell this fall, dates below.

As a member of Northeast-based band The Slip, Brad's guitar prowess has always been notable, but his true gifts and distinct musical voice are on full display throughout this solo guitar album. An inspiring set of original compositions is complimented by such diverse covers as "Maria La O" by legendary Cuban musician Ernesto Lecuona, Kurt Cobain's "Heart Shaped Box," and Le Trio Ferret's "Gin Gin." The introspective tone of the album recalls such overlooked loner guitar gems as Lenny Breau's Cabin Fever or Richard Crandell's In The Flower of Our Youth, whilst staking out a thoroughly modern approach to solo guitar here in the late '00's.


09/24/08 Wednesday Burlington, VT Higher Ground
09/25/08 Thursday Boston, MA Paradise
10/01/08 Wednesday New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
10/02/08 Thursday Baltimore, MD The 8x10
10/03/08 Friday Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
10/04/08 Saturday Washington, DC IOTA Club Cafe
10/05/08 Sunday Morgantown, WV Mountain Stage
10/07/08 Tuesday Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
10/08/08 Wednesday Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill B
10/09/08 Thursday Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
10/10/08 Friday Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
10/11/08 Saturday Chicago, IL Schuba's
10/12/08 Sunday Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
10/21/08 Tuesday Seattle, WA Tractor
10/22/08 Wednesday Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
10/24/08 Friday San Francisco, CA The Independent
10/25/08 Saturday Santa Barbara, CA TBA
10/26/08 Sunday Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
10/27/08 Monday Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
10/28/08 Tuesday Tucson, AZ TBA
10/30/08 Thursday Austin, TX The Parish Room
11/01/08 Saturday Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
11/02/08 Sunday Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsey

[Published on: 9/2/08]

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jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 02:49PM
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Great news for Brad Barr, and even better news for his fans and fans of The Slip and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Right on! Brad Barr, one of my favorite guitar players out there today...

Jeff Kash starstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 03:44PM
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Jeff Kash

Good sounds, even better if you are trying to sleep at night and you combine it with Tylenol PM or blue Vs. Thumbs up.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 03:54PM
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phishphreak77 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 04:19PM
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the brothers barr and mr. friedman have been making some damn fine music for the last 10+ years in various entities. it'll be great to hear some more of brad's solo work. i have streamed 'sarah through the wall' on his myspace page countless times in the past year or so and i've been dying to hear more... and now the news that i finally will has me extremely elated and excited!

mmmFriedFrogLegs Tue 9/2/2008 05:19PM
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have you even seen the slip since 2001??? the slip are one of the greatest live acts and musicians out there imo, looking forward to this, although i have no idea who Sonya Kitchell is. wish there was a FL date, guess im driving to GA

JibmastaJ starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 06:26PM
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this is excellent news i was considering considering seeing the slip with sonya kitchell but wasnt sure. this definitely helped me decide. and as for bonnaroo, have you heard alive electric? do you even have ears? everything the slip touches is gold and they're absolutely rediculous live. long live the slip!

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 06:50PM
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bassdrum200 starstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 08:24PM
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hoodoo- i was going to flame you a little bit...but that does seem absurd, especially since nobody seems to be interested in the headliner....

MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 08:24PM
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You know it's true, the Slip has changed a lot over the past several years, but that's not to say that they haven't been good, just different. Different from the original Slip we all grew to love.

Love Brad's work and his innovative guitar and songwriting. Really glad to see this news...

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/2/2008 09:12PM
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the slip makes me happy....

-good to hear this, Brad is a talented guy

morreale21 Tue 9/2/2008 09:29PM
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Kindskatz Tue 9/2/2008 09:39PM
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jamrad Tue 9/2/2008 09:49PM
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phishphreak77 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/3/2008 04:34AM
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it's inevitable evolution/progression if you ask me. there are many bands out there that morph their sound from one to another (ie. look at phish: junta > ghost > undermind). considering the band was founded in high school 15+ years ago, BAM have gone from being teenagers to being 30-somethings. influences change, ideas shift, creativity ignites...

while the compositions may not be jazz-fusion anymore, it most certainly does take talent to play the more straight-forward tunes the way they play them. they're still quite inventive these days, if not more so. marc playing the organ pedals and triggering samples while laying down sick basslines, andr00 doing what sounds/looks like it should take someone with an extra set of arms and brad playing & singing his heart out like few can.

sure, i would love to hear the slip revisit the sound that they started out with and built such a solid foundation on... but i'm not going to give up on them just yet like so many have. they're still (and forever will be) an incredibly talented threesome of musicians that will continue to make me put on my dancing shoes with a funky instrumental jam like 'Get Me with Fuji' or tug on my heart strings with an emotional ballad like 'If One of Us Should Fall'. whether the project be SMMD, the Slip, Brad solo, Andrew & Marc playing with Natalie Merchant... i can guarantee i'll be all ears.

fordaj Wed 9/3/2008 07:07AM
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I've been under the assumption that this tour was sonya w/ the slip, but I guess it's just Brad and Sonya. too bad

Window Wed 9/3/2008 07:42AM
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^ That's not what my ticket for 10/24 states (SK w/ The Slip.)

monacle Wed 9/3/2008 08:44AM
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I have to agree with everyone on here that the slip really fell off. I used to live on the east coast in the late 90's early 2000's and saw the slip all the time, and it was SICK!!! Amazing jazz/fusion. I moved to oregon a few years ago and hadnt seen the slip in a long time, i saw they were playing and went with a bunch of friends and i was SOOOO dissapointed the show was terrible, theyre playing was off, and they did not jam. And i was not the only one who felt this way because half the people left the show before set break, I still listen to old slip but just cannot get down with their new stuff sorry yall, they lost it!

bear22 Wed 9/3/2008 10:27AM
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The Slip will be backing Sonya. Brad will be opening some of the shows by himself. There is no set of just the Slip by themselves

jmorganiii Wed 9/3/2008 10:31AM
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The tour is Brad opening for Sonya with the Slip as her band - just as it is on her new record. Which is killin'.

brienza66 Wed 9/3/2008 11:34AM
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morreale21... finally a well written and thought out comment. I still listen to the slip and continue to buy tickets when they hit the NYC area all while praying to god that they play "so dope" or "spice groove". However, it rarely happens. But i still go see them anyway. They still play solid tunes but where has the instrumental genious gone??? Andrew doesnt touch his old beats any more, as if he slapped his west african mentors in the face. Brad hasnt played ball out in YEARS (except at sullivan hall with Marco and Andrew) and Marc seems to be rather bored on stage. In my opinion "if one of us.." was the beginnig of the new slip and new 15 yr old faces at the show. Thank god for 21 and older shows

gabus! starstarstarstar Wed 9/3/2008 12:41PM
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I am open to hearing this girl, but I was all ready to see the Slip. Solo Brad is amazing. I will pay him extra just to play Ohhh Belle.

bluefox starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/3/2008 01:19PM
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I am totally looking forward to Brad's new album and catching him open up for Sonya Kitchell (who will be backed by the Slip).

In response to all of the Slip criticism they really did change a lot in the 2000's but to say they stopped jamming is just ridiculous... 2006-2007 they were playing a lot of the Eisenhower material but they would almost always drop a Get Me With Fuji or even Wolof. There were many 8 to 15 minute songs in their sets. I get the feeling that a lot of you just heard a touch of indie rock in their sound and ran the other way. You obviously didn't hear them at High Sierra this year where they debuted a new instrumental tune and dusted off chestnuts like Aptos and You Might Say. You also obviously didn't hear them at the Independent in SF in 2007 when they did 20 minute long Steel Drum Zion jams each night and Zep covers like Heartbreaker and Living Loving Maid, not to mention tunes like Chasing Rabbits and Cut from the Cloth which have pretty epic jams in them. Later era Slip also had tunes like Broke The Promised Land and All I Saw Was You which were quite jammy.

That said they have only played a couple shows as The Slip since Summer '07 and I get the feeling they were getting a little burnt out on the Eisenhower stuff as well. I am psyched to see them recharging by doing solo stuff and backing other artists like Nathan Moore, Marco Benevento and now Sonya Kitchell. I look forward to seeing them recharged and ready to rock as The Slip in 2009!

bluefox starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/3/2008 01:25PM
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Also if you doubt the Slip can still jam check this out: (it is Mr. Davis but still...)

EVILFUNK Wed 9/3/2008 02:22PM
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Sweet! How about an evening or two of Brad in places like The Revolution Cafe in SF of Club Passim in Harvard Sq.?

People complained when Miles's style changed again and again, people were awful to Bob Dylan when when he broke out electric guitars in the '60s. I didn't get it at first when Phish started playing longer jams live and shorter pop/rock in the studio in the mid to late 90s. it took me years, a trip to a swamp in the everglades and some good drugs to understand at all - but i got it eventually. now people don't understand whats so cool about ideas the Slip are playing with. as it goes i suppose that makes sense. im happy to know that after hearing the slips music in a constant state of change for a long time that they are engaged enough creatively and skilled like motherfuckers enuf to make it all work. badass.

hey - can anyone who was listening to the GD for a long time before the late '70s comment on the 'Disco Dead' era?

mmmFriedFrogLegs starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/3/2008 03:04PM
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Hoodoo, Bassdrum, it may sound a little absurd but im already gunna be in jacksonville the night before for perpetual groove halloween(which involves 3 other people carpooling with myself,environmentally unfriendly huh? ) , so i figure i add another day to my very expensive and eventful october , as far as hoodoo doing all this research including the google map thing, i find that rather pathetic , either you have entirely too much time on your hands you are way too concearned with other people's business, anywho the slip do rock quite hard

mmmFriedFrogLegs Wed 9/3/2008 03:34PM
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with that being said, its not like i have tickets yet or anything "guess im driving to GA" was simply just a thought, mostly in support of brad barrs solo work

HoodooVoodoo star Wed 9/3/2008 07:25PM
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Just seems like a very large carbon footprint to me, but hey...I guess if trashing the environment is your thing, go for it.

morreale21 Wed 9/3/2008 10:06PM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up! rounded it up beautifully. Every sentence is on the money s and are echoed throughout the Slip community.(marc does look bored doesn't he!) We all stuck through countless shows as the latter years(06-07)progressed and prayed for little treasures. Thank you for the well defined comment. It resonates through and through. are obviously a new school fan.. too say we heard "a touch of indie rock and ran away" is an insult to all the fans who stuck it out through two years(05-07) of not so great music. Im glad that you impressed with a single Steel drum zion jam and a couple of covers but as brienza66 put it so well the musical genius of old is far from there. Im glad you still dig them though. cheers!

jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/4/2008 12:32PM
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I still think this is great news, and that The Slip is still has plenty of musical genius left in the Brothers Barr and the ultra-bored Marc Freidman. I am surprised to see so many so-called fans of The Slip using this news post and comments section on Brad Barr's highly anticipated solo efforts to rip on the direction the band has taken in the last several years. Sorry they're no longer your favorite little jazz-rock-funk fusion band that never leaves the Northeast and that you all think this still-great band is no longer great, at least not in the way you WANT them to be great. HA! Things change, everything changes, bands, music, fans, the's called evolution. If it worked for the fishes and frogs, and so many other bands, maybe it just might work for The Slip! In fact, man up and tell it to Brad, Andrew and Marc, they're pretty accessible after their shows. But if you still feel like getting off the train, or not getting back on, that's fine by me. Probably them too...

mmmFriedFrogLegs Thu 9/4/2008 12:32PM
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hoodoo what exactly is your friggin problem , i do not support trashing the environment in any way shape or form , however going to see live music(which happens to be this sites slogan) IS my thing . your statements make you sound like a nosey, petty , and hypocritical elitest .

bluefox starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/4/2008 01:07PM
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morreale21 - I first saw them in 1999 and have been seeing them consistently since... Does that make me new-school? I think some of their best music has been from '05-07. Yes I miss the old stuff too but just because the new stuff isn't to your taste doesn't make it bad music.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/4/2008 01:26PM
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Me and Obama often kick it together in the "Elite Lounge" and smoke cigars and drink cognac. I'm just being a smartass man...just like in most of my other posts.

harrymcq starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/4/2008 02:21PM
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Some of their best stuff is in the later years. Do you people really not like Paper Birds or Airplane/Primitive? I think anyone would admit that Even Rats got way overplayed and Children of December too but those are great songs. No they are not Yellow Medicine or Alsoa or Spice Groove but why compare apples to oranges? I also challenge anyone to point out a show where they do more than a couple 3-4 minute tunes. I have a pretty formidable collection of 2004-2007 Slip and most of their tunes are at least 6 minutes with at least 2-4 10+ minute tracks in an average show.

Also the part about Marc becoming bored is total BS... read almost any interview with these guys in the past 4 or 5 years and it becomes clear that Marc really was the first one to get on the indie rock bandwagon. Check out this part of an interview:

"Their musical direction, however, shifted five or six years ago, when bassist Marc Friedman stumbled onto music from a Pacific Northwest indie rock icon. "When I discovered Built to Spill, I found a different universe I had never heard before," he said. "I'd gone from listening to improv music by Coltrane and Bill Evans, to one day putting on a Built to Spill CD and saying, 'That's what I want to do.'"

"Marc turned us on to Built to Spill," Brad said, "Bands like Wilco and Built to Spill come from a punk-country place, but once I started digging into that stuff, it occurred to me that it's all modern electric folk music. It didn't seem that different to me than what Van Morrison or Dylan was aiming for. Blending that style with our writing style was natural. It wasn't a conscious shift, really."

jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/4/2008 03:42PM
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well put harrymcq

fnkymtrs Thu 9/4/2008 04:58PM
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Having recently moved to Chicago I think I'll hit Schubas to see this show. I first saw The Slip on a random weekday night at the knitting factory - probably 1999 some time and I was blown away. Saw them a bunch of times afterwards in NYC and then out on the west coast in SF. They played Yoshis which for anyone that knows the caliber of musicians that play at Yoshi's, this was quite an endorsement. They also played the Fillmore Jazz Festival a few days later and absolutely blew the crowd away. I agree with some of the posters that their sound did change a few years ago and veered more mainstream, but hey maybe they were getting tired of driving around in vans? Understandable. They're clearly incredible musicians and I look forward to seeing Brad's solo show.

lsamuel3 Fri 9/5/2008 10:06AM
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could you imagine how much complaining there would be if the slip were still playing the same set lists now as they were back in the day, i know i would grow tired of listening to yellow medecine, nellie jean and alsoa all the time. no matter the direction a band moves, those who hate change will no doubt complain. as an avid listener with a massive slip collection i find that i listen to 2004-2007 shows far more often than 1998-2003, but i wouldn't mind hearing an eisenhower style set with a couple more old school gems thrown in for good measure

anyways its impossible to please everyone and in order for the band to stay happy they gotta play what they feel, in short the progression from jazz/fusion/rock to more indie/alternative was natural and its still keeping me happy

kinda pissed this tour isn't hitting montreal though but what can you do

samboard Fri 9/5/2008 11:08AM
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ok, never ever comment, so here goes

to have an opinion about how, in your opinion, a bands evolution sounds is natural. "i don't like the direction this band took since the 90's" etc. all valid criticisms.

BUT, to say its not good is ridiculous. i went to high school and did sound for the band "the slip" before these guys were ever in "the slip" and its continual evolution is what always made the band fun. to this day, almost 20 years later, i still love this band. they are fun to see live and play great music.

They are still at it, givin it new life each time out and thank god they are not listening to anyone's opinions on the bands evolution, cause it sounds like people on here want the band to "be like they were in the early 90's, man."

its like surfing. i can't surf like i did when i was 16, i am not worse, i have evolved into a different style. and i do it for me, not for others. same with the band. they do it cause they love it, and doing the same thing over and over gets old. hence, evolution of style.

how many times can a band play st. stephen, or fluffhead, or... you get it.