Lost & Rootless- Tim Barry’s November 28th 2014 Album release.
Lost & Rootless starts off with the first song, “No News From the North.” He appears conflicted with a multitude of emotions; this album reviews themes that many of us have been struggling with at some point in time. He sings, “I cannot breathe without you…” and then goes on to sing, “Home is just a distraction I invent when I can’t pay rent.” On the first listen, this song seems like a tale of an unrequited love or a burning desire for home: for closeness, as if he is seeking someone out. There is a loneliness and remorse to the chords, then I realize that it is not someone he is chasing, instead it is a concept. He sings as though he is chasing dreams, which he questions if he would ever be fortunate enough to catch.
Jay Stone from dyingscene.com asked Tim Barry a few questions in an interview about a week ago. A lot has transformed since his last CD, now Tim is a husband and a father. Jay Stone goes on to ask him, “If there were a time in his professional life where Barry should feel anything but lost and rootless, at least on paper, that time should be now, no?”
“I don’t know where I stand. Like, voting day was yesterday. Who the fuck do I vote for? You know what I mean?” Barry asks rhetorically. “In so many aspects of contemporary life in the United States or life in music, who are my peers? I have very close road friends, but I’m lost and rootless. I don’t know…what genre of music do I play? In what group of train riders do I fit with? In what group of workers in Richmond do I fit?”
Tim Barry hails from Richmond, Virginia; the Album cover is a photo of his wife and baby daughter in the back yard of their home. Tim Barry is now a husband and a father and despite the title being Lost and Rootless, there is sense of connection. The song “All of my friends” gives the listener such a feeling of home, it is as if you are sitting on their couch, hanging out and listening to them do an impromptu jam session. He sings, “There plenty to go around. You are all welcome here. (Repeat) It’s safe.” The song wraps around you like a familiar friend.
“Clay Pigeon” is such a beautifully written piece. “I could build myself a castle of memories just to know somewhere to go…” This is the only song on the album that is not made by Barry. It is a homage, a cover of the original “Clay Pigeons” by the late Austin musician Blaze Foley. According to a press release Foley was the focus of the Lucinda Williams song “Drunken Angel.” Barry quickly became in love with this song, as I imagine many others will also.
I grow a deeper appreciation for his music each time I listen to it. It’s a stripped down sound. It’s not a hallow sound, the musical style is deceptively simple but there is a distinctive heart and soul that reflects through the lyrics. There is a melancholy that moves through the pieces of music, it is as if you are along with him in the struggle. In “Lost & Rootless,” he sings, “In my life I’ve the right mistakes, dear lord, with the right people who made the right mistakes even more…”
- No News From North
- The James
- Poppa’s Porch
- Older and Poorer
- All My Friends
- Breathe Slow, Let ‘Em Pass
- Clay Pigeons (By Blaze Foley)
- Lost & Rootless
- Knowing Such Things
- Solid Gone
- Lela Days
- I’m Only Passing Through