Digger Barnes is a ramblin’ troubadour. His songs are dark portrayals of outlaws, criminals and suicides. Influenced by early roots music, murderballads and gospel tunes he creates his own ghostly universe that could be described best as gothic americana or country noir.
Barnes is reinventing Western tunes of the past. He sings of rivers, gold, outlaws, lost loves, and somehow he manages to make it all relevant to today, lyrically highlighting the simple beauty in each of the topics of which he sings. His songs are all very cleanly produced too, leaving behind rusty sounds and antiquated methods. Barnes has been playing music under his name since 2005.
Barnes: “I was born in Germany and I live in Hamburg, but I prefer to travel the world through my music. The figure of the ‘lonesome cowboy’ really fascinated me since childhood. Musically I see myself as a songwriter. What people take away from these songs then, is always a new question.
My roots are in punk and hardcore–that kind of music doesn’t really interest me so much anymore–but it was through that music that I learned all the important parts of how to survive as a D.I.Y. artist. Visual artist Pencil Quincy and I work closely together as a team.”
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 | 21:00 CET
Bassy | Schönhauser Allee 176 A | 10119 Berlin/Mitte