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Feature Friday: China Girl

It is always an exciting moment when I start working with a new author on an audiobook, but it is even better when I have the opportunity to work on a series. I've been fortunate to work with author Erec Stebbins on his dystopian thrillers before. So, today I'm going to share a preview of the most recent audiobook, China Girl. If you are interested, click here to purchase the full story from Audible. If you are looking for something different, check out any of the other titles I've narrated over the last several years. There are other thrillers, horror, romance, and even non-fiction. You can see the full list here. And, let me know what you think! It is always great to get feedback from you

The Memory Vault

There's something to be said for time. You never really notice how quickly life shifts until you have the perspective of years. I've spent nearly thirty years writing music; but, when I perform one of those early songs, like "Justin Climbed a Tree," it seems surreal that this tune has been floating around my head for close to three decades. Ah, but there is proof - a grainy VHS tape from August 1992. And, jeez. I think I still have that shirt somewhere . . . Guess I'll have to keep this classic, stylish garment hanging in my closet until my 70th birthday and see how it looks then. Alright, your turn folks. Head on over to the discussion boards and post something from your memory vault. Can't

Wanna Be a VIP?

It's been an exhausting, exhilarating week of work on the new Ode to Odessa album; and, I'm thrilled with the results so far. I can't wait to share this new music with you! But while you wait for the album's Halloween launch, take a look at another fabulous new addition to the Rick Barr Music website - The Backstage Pass. Friends, this is where every exciting thing in my music career is going to find a home . . . photos, videos, my complete music library, memories, and so much more. In essence, The Backstage Pass is my virtual VIP area; and, you Rowdies are going to love this! At this point in time, the only way to claim access to this treasure trove is through your sponsorship of the Ode to

Sing Along Sunday

When I'm out at a show, it's always a boost when folks start to sing along. And, there are some songs where you just can't seem to help yourself, right? So, on a sultry summer afternoon, take a deep breath and join me in a perennial favorite: And, hey! It's always great when you folks pass stuff along to others. I really appreciate it. Just use one of the convenient "share" buttons below. And thanks for singing along! #RickBarrMusic #Barr26Entertainment #RockyTop #OsborneBrothers #SingAlong

Fringe Benefits

Well, now I've done it. I've opened a can of worms. Ewww! That's disgusting, right? HA! Actually, it's pretty cool (worms aside). See, as part of the Ode to Odessa campaign, I've come up with a dozen terrific perk packages for my supporters. And one of those "can't get this anywhere else" kind of things is the custom songwriting benefit. Got an anniversary coming up? Need an idea for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Well, here ya go! I mean, really! No one else is going to have a song written just for them, right? Want serious brownie points with your girl? This should do the trick. Although that mushy stuff might be worse than the can of worms ;) Alright, enough crazy. If you are interested

The Great Boot Debacle

These boots! Man, these things have been with me for a while; and, somehow they've come to represent Rick Barr Music. But, their soul, er, um, I mean sole has come and gone - DOA according to the cobbler. So, I did the only sane thing and replaced them. But it just isn't the same. So, I am on the prowl for a new pair of boots and I'd like to enlist your help! Send me your ideas, friends - all the better if you have a photo and purchase link. Your kind assistance is most appreciated! There's no reward, except my profound gratitude. Oh, and eternal bragging rights for finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. #rickbarrmusic #barr26entertainment #boots

Have You Looked at Your Calendar?

Yep, it's the third Tuesday of July, which means I'm hosting my annual celebration where I played my first open MIC, at The Dolphin Lounge in Gahanna! It's been eight years since those four nervous songs were played, and I owe a lot to Lori, Thom, and so many others who helped me turn this into a career. So, I'm hosting the open MIC, and would love to see you! They've completely overhauled EVERYTHING, from the floors and walls, to the patio and, most importantly, the sound system. It's great! We'll kick things off at 8pm, come on out! Ode to Odessa Oh, and don't forget to take a peek at my new project - Ode to Odessa. You can find all the details of this exciting new album at www.igg.me/at/

Exciting Changes!

There's something new in the Rick Barr universe! And I'm thrilled to show off the updated website for Barr26 Entertainment, which includes RickBarrMusic.com The upheaval surrounding COVID-19 has hit a lot of businesses especially hard - including venues, restaurants, and subsequently, musicians. As a result, I'm re-calibrating and focusing a lot of my energy on creating new music! Consequentially, I took a big step and revamped my online home - the RickBarrMusic.com website. And I am so excited to share some of these amazing changes with you. The Community Room As part of the re-design, I've included a Rick Barr Community. It's a great place to connect with me and other Rowdies. Join in disc

NEW MUSIC! Ode to Odessa

Music promotes community, drives our spirits, and celebrates the nuances of life. It is the “universal language of mankind;” and, it drives me in new directions each day. So, to the music fans and the guitar lovers; you are the supporters that spur my songwriting endeavors. And when you participate in this limited-time, exclusive crowdfunding project, you officially become a muse that fuels my creativity. In 1986, my parents honored my creative flair and planted the first seed – they gifted me with an Odessa guitar for my 12th birthday. That evening, dad hunkered down and taught me my first two songs. For a kid limited by chronic asthma, the Odessa was a godsend. It kept me occupied and nour

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Solo Musician, Voice Professional, Portrait Artist, Narrator, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter, Live Music Performance, Graphic Designer, Photo Restoration, Audio Restoration, Columbus Ohio