Danny Barnes, the roots music legend and recent winner of Steve Martin’s Prize for Excellence in Banjo, is teaming up with two young creative voices of the acoustic world: mandolinist Joe K. Walsh and guitarist Grant Gordy. This new trio of Barnes, Gordy and Walsh draws on a wide array of influences, its members collectively keeping feet in the rock, bluegrass, jazz, avant garde and electronic worlds.
“Danny Barnes is an inspiration to me”, lauds acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell, and indeed Barnes’ output as a soloist and a master collaborator with the likes of Frisell, Dave Matthews, the Bad Livers and countless others has cemented his standing as one of the “open secret” greats of American music. Joe K. Walsh has been hailed as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” by the CBC and has toured extensively with bluegrass royalty such as Darol Anger, the Gibson Brothers, and Scott Nygaard. Guitarist Grant Gordy spent 6 years touring with the progressive David Grisman Quintet and his playing, according to Just Jazz Guitar magazine, “rewrites the book on crossover bluegrass/jazz/flatpicking guitar”.
A radical acoustic triune, Barnes, Gordy and Walsh push out the corners of what is possible/advisable as a folk trio, and propel each other to intriguing creative spaces at every turn.