“If dynamite could sing as opposed to simply going “Boom” it would sound like Lindsay Barr”
Paul Rellinger- Peterborough This week 2012
Interview with the Arthur
Review of “Time to Let Go”-By Andrew Sheddan
Current digital recording technology is at a point where a producer has an almost limitless number of tracks to work with. Out of tune tracks can be “fixed” and digital instrumentation can replace musicians. These technologies in and of themselves can’t have an effect on the quality of a song (technology is inert). But a common criticism is that they rob the recording of an organic feeling.
Lindsay’s past recording that I have heard all had excellent sound quality, and certainly showcased excellent musicianship. But it sounded to me like the producer may have had a stronger hand in the shaping of Lindsay’s songs then what was necessary. Perhaps “Time to Let Go” represents Lindsay’s maturity and confidence as a songwriter and performer.
The sound is very clearly articulated. Lindsay’s acoustic guitar and vocals are front and center. In particular her vocals are fantastic. I could draw comparisons (Melissa Etheridge or Bonnie Raitt at their absolute rawest), but trust me that Lindsay’s voice is all her own. The interplay between Lindsay’s vocal and Denis Goggin’s lead guitar work is also particularly noteworthy. The passion shared by this real life couple is clearly evident in their musical interplay.
The structure of this song (clocking in at 3:45) is very clearly aimed at the radio. It has a memorable hook, good message and great build up. I also really like the horn punches in the chorus. It makes me think of those awesome early Colin James records.
“Time to Let Go” is concrete evidence that The Lindsay Barr Band is ready for the bigtime. Catch her live as soon as possible, and buy her new single here:
The Scene Review:
Crowd: Just about every table in the intimate venue was full. The mature 30years+ plus crowd was appreciative and unpretentious. So muchso that a small crowd danced for every number.
Sex Appeal: Tattooed rocker chick with a velvety smooth voice that throws back to the divas of ballroom Jazz.
Total rank: 9/10 – It’s clear to me that Mrs. Barr has done her homework and has at-least one Ella Fitzgerald album in her collection. That’s enough to garner massive respect from THE SCENE.
“Although Lindsay has been playing Peterborough for a number of years, I only finally caught one of her shows just recently. What struck me right away about her was the stage show. Lindsay is the definition of a performer, which will draw in even the most casual fan of the Blues Rock inspired music she performs.”
-Vince Bierworth- Wolf radio 101.5 FM
EMC Entertainment –
From high-energy rock and soul to bluegrass to Ottawa Valley fiddle music with a modern twist, the 2011 Smiths Falls Canal Railway Festival has it all.
From Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 the main stage at Centennial Park will welcome up and coming talent from as far away as Nova Scotia, as well as some perennial local favourites.
Performing Friday night at 5 p.m. is singer/songwriter Lindsay Barr. The first time Barr sang O Canada with her public school classmates, she realized her voice stood out from the crowd. “My voice was more powerful than the other students,” she recalled. “I had zero control over it, so I was more of a gadfly than a help.”
Perfectly suited to the mix of country, rock and soul she specializes in today, Barr’s voice still stands out from the crowd. She made it into the top 20 in the final season of Canadian Idol in 2008, and has received awards as best female vocalist in 2010 and best songwriter in 2011. One of her songs, ‘Riot Queen’, received a nomination for hip hop single of the year in the East Coast Music Awards.
A native of Labrador, Barr now lives in Peterborough, Ont., where she has established a solid base of fans through regular gigs at local venues. She recorded her debut album, ‘Devils of Pride’, in 2006 and released it the following year.
“I grew up in a family where art and music was forefront,” Barr told the EMC in a recent interview. “I always sang at home, my family was very musical.”
By the time she was 12, Barr was beginning to write poetry, and turned this into a talent for composing song lyrics. She also learned to play the guitar, inspired by an older brother. She would borrow his guitar while he was out of the house, and teach herself to play. When her brother tragically died at the age of 22 in a drowning accident, Barr decided to take art and music more seriously, having learned the lesson that “You live once, and that’s it.”
Barr attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where she met two other musicians she decided were talented and committed enough to form a successful band. She decided to leave university and move back to Ontario. “I just packed up and took a risk and moved back.”
Participating in the 2008 Canadian Idol competition, Barr recalled, was “nerve-wracking in a lot of different ways,” but was “a very enriching experience.”