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Since the release of their first album, 'Wake the Hero' in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as 'ER' and 'Days of our Lives.' Their follow up EP 'Gravity' was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, keeping good company with the likes of Adele and Bon Iver. They continue touring in support of their most recent full length record, "The Longest Day," gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones. After moving to Nashville in spring of 2014, they began work on their most recent full-length album with producer Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Sixpence None the Richer, Matt Kearney), which is set to release early 2015.
Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam, and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments…multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards. Because of the great number of shows they've played in their world travels, as well as their unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies and thought-provoking, connective lyrics, this duo has mastered the original goal they set out to attain: to create a sacred, magical space for their audiences…a momentary escape from the outside world. Their songs deal with a diverse range of subjects as relatable as longing and love, and as dark as death and revenge. The resulting emotional journey Barnaby Bright takes you on during one of their shows is one you will never forget. Drawing inspiration from literature, human behavior, experiences shared with the fascinating people they've encountered on the road, as well as a hint of fantasy, Barnaby Bright is a classic vision of timeless indie folk rock in all its glory.
Nothing about the journey of this married duo has been accidental or without purpose...even the band name itself holds a myriad of meaning for them. The phrase "Barnaby Bright" is a medieval term for the summer solstice. In 17th century England, the longest day of the year was celebrated with a large festival to honor St. Barnabus, and all joined together in merry recitation of the limerick, "Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright, the longest day, the shortest night." Nathan and Becky were instantly drawn to the name not only for its historical context, but also because of the many metaphors it represented to them: light and dark, good and evil, and the idea that though this innate, dualistic struggle is present in all of us, on the longest day of the year, light prevails over dark...goodness wins.
This dichotomy of the human condition is represented time and again not only in their songs, but in themselves. With over a decade between them, and drastically different childhoods and life experiences, Nathan and Becky find in each other so much of what the other is lacking, both musically and personally. They have discovered that their vastly different backgrounds give them each a unique approach to the world, and to songwriting. Perhaps that is why listeners find such depth and range of emotions in the songs of Barnaby Bright.
One day when Owen Danoff was fifteen years old, his father (Bill Danoff, Grammy award winning songwriter of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Afternoon Delight”) gave him an 8-track recording device, and by that night he had written and recorded his first song. Since that day, music has been Owen’s life. He moved from his hometown of Washington, D.C. to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and with refined skills in songwriting, composition, and bass playing, he returned to D.C. to make his mark on the local music scene.
Owen’s music blends the catchiness of pop, the lyrical emphasis of folk, and the energy of rock n’ roll. His influences include John Mayer, Paul Simon, and the Wallflowers, though the resulting style is all his own. Owen’s first full-length album Twelve Stories is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Funded through a 2013 Kickstarter campaign that exceeded expectations, the album features Owen switching between bass and guitar alongside his longtime band and esteemed guest musicians including Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers and Foo Fighters. Two of the songs, “I Wish I Knew Better” and “Amsterdam”, won honorable mentions in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, with the latter winning an additional honorable mention in a 2013 American Songwriter Lyric Contest.