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The long-awaited third release of the Barley Jacks, “Coming Down the Mountain” features clever writing and virtuosic musicianship matured over the band’s hundreds of performances in the last decade. Band leader, songwriter, fiddle and mandolin player Brian Wicklund is ably accompanied by some of the upper midwest’s finest acoustic musicians in Mike Cramer - guitar, Kevin Rowe - bass, and Joel Arpin - drums. With a nod to their bluegrass roots, the project includes swing, old-time and Celtic influences to create a truly unique sound. Wicklund says, “Of the dozens of recordings I’ve made with various combos to date, this one I am most proud of.”
The 2011 sophomore release from a band who has hit full stride. The fiddle and voice of Brian Wicklund drives this band through realms of bluegrass, celtic, Appalachian and jazz. Awesome musicianship and clever writing.
"Amazing instrumentalists!" "Wicklund is a deft original writer with a firm grounding in traditional acoustic styles."
—Twin Cities Reader
The 2010 debut release from the Barley Jacks. Debut recording of an acoustic powerhouse. "A big powerful acoustic sound and a wonderful and varied collection of tunes!" –Voice of America
The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. Front–man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Mike Cramer–guitar, Joel Arpin–percussion, and notable bassists including Kevin Rowe, Josh Granoski, Keith Yanes and Gary Raynor. They have released three albums: Either Side of Night, The Lighthouse, and their 2022 release Coming Down the Mountain.
Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These Minnesota–based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in play.
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