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"...And I play every song like it's my Last Gift to God..."
That line from "San Saba River" captures the essence of a Tony Barker show; passion, intensity, and dedication.
His shows have earned him recognition by the most discerning audience in West Texas - you. He was voted "Entertainer Of The Year" at the first-ever Blues N Rock Gazette Awards, and "Musician Of The Year" following that. Interestingly, these honors came while he was a solo acoustic act. He has since formed a band, anchored by percussionist Eric Anderson (drum instructor at HippyKritz Music in Abilene).
The word "versitile" doesn't quite cut it when describing Tony Barker (see "Tony Trivia" below). As a three-piece, they headlined one biker event, shared another biker weekend with 7mary3, then played a quiet "cocktail set" at a high-end steakhouse. These days, the duo gets a lot of Stage time, with Eric either on bass guitar or drums, covering such diverse artists as James Taylor, Merle Haggard, Matchbox 20, Robert Earl Keen, Ian Moore, Guy Clark, and back to Johnny Horton. It boggles the mind.
It seems that when playing as a "Cover Band" (which Barker refers to as, "The coolest 'Day Job' in the world"), the only criteria is What The Crowd Wants To Hear. When asked about his favorite songs to play - usually by customers whose minds are boggled by the 300-plus songs on the playlist - the answer comes easily...
"I'm a Songwriter."
Upon the release of his 2006 CD, "All In", Tony was nominated "Singer/Songwriter of The Year" by The Academy Of Texas Music. Walt Wilkins called him a "kick-ass writer and performer", and he was invited to play at the "West Texas Songwriters Stage" with Internationally-acclaimed Bob Livingston, Kenny Maines (of The Maines Brothers), and a number of other "Heavy Hitters" in the Americana Scene.
In addition to songwriter showcases in Austin, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, and several special events in his adopted hometown of Abilene (notably the Planetarium and the amazing outdoor stage at Play Faire Park), he's performed at invitation-only "Listening Rooms", like Archer City's Royal Theater, and Sweetwater's Java Jax, an emerging hot spot destination for national and regional performing songwriters.
A performer with Songwriter sensibilities. A Songwriter with great guitar work, strong vocals and a Stage Presence that has coffee with you the next morning. You should check it out.

"...And I play every song like it's my Last Gift to God..."

That line from his "San Saba River" captures the essence of a Tony Barker show; passion, intensity, and dedication.  He was voted "Entertainer Of The Year" at the first-ever Blues N Rock Gazette Awards, and "Musician Of The Year" following that.  Interestingly, these honors came while he was a solo acoustic act.  He has since formed a band, anchored by percussionist Eric Anderson (drum instructor at HippyKritz Music in Abilene).

The word "versitile" doesn't quite cut it when describing Tony Barker.  As a three-piece, they headlined one biker event, shared another biker weekend with 7mary3, then played a quiet "cocktail set" at a high-end steakhouse.  These days, the duo gets a lot of Stage time, with Eric either on bass guitar or drums, covering such diverse artists as James Taylor, Merle Haggard, Matchbox 20, Robert Earl Keen, Ian Moore, Guy Clark, and back to Johnny Horton.  It boggles the mind.

When playing as a "Cover Band" (which Barker refers to as, "The coolest 'Day Job' in the world"), the only criteria is What The Crowd Wants To Hear, with a side order of What The Venue Needs For Its Customers.

A performer with Songwriter sensibilities. A Songwriter with great guitar work, strong vocals and a Stage Presence that has coffee with you the next morning.  You should check it out.

Here's a cover of Guy Clark's song "The Cape"  (Thank you, Rave Video and Unity Church of Abilene), and a montage of the band at different shows.  Enjoy!

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