John Barney is a songwriter, guitarist, and producer who currently lives in southern California. He is proud to introduce his first CD in over four years, “Blood on the Trees.” His last CD, "Best of Days" (2005, with the "11th Floor") was hailed as one of the “Year's Best” by Here and There Ezine Magazine. John combines energetic but sophisticated rock with roots, blues, and jazz overtones. Add a gravelly voice, intriguing, intelligent lyrics and what he calls a “disheveled chorus” style and you have an eminently unique listening experience (great with headphones, by the way). John explores the themes of love, escape, growing older, and the environment (listen to the aptly titled “Blood on the Trees") on his new CD.
Originally from the Midwest, John was heavily influenced by the blues/rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Johhny Winter and the like. He began honing his songwriting skills after listening to Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, Tori Amos and others. After being awarded a songwriting contract for his songs on his first CD "Stay the Night," in 2000, John soon learned that riches didn't always follow. Continuing to work his regular job, he became reinvigorated with music when he teamed up with long-time jam partner Lew Kerns (from the band Assisted Living) and vocalists Reina Sanchez and Eric Barnes to produce "Best of Days." His live band, The Eleventh Floor, featured noted songwriter, keyboardist and slide guitarist Luther Tatum. The year 2010 brings a new band in support of “Blood on the Trees.”