New Recording Fully Funded! (8/5/21)
We are grateful and humbled by the overwhelming support we have received for our Kickstarter campaign to make our recording “Coming Down the Mountain.” By helping us surpass our goal, you backers have not only generated the funds to finish a top-tier recording, but have given us the resources to publicize it. Your support will allow us to bring our music to more people, create more fans and secure a more sustainable career making our music.
Joel, Mike and Brian thank our friends, family, fans, and fellow musicians for the truly awesome support they have shown us. Thank you!
Now, to get back in the studio and finish the recording! Stay tuned for updates!
Kickstarter Info Video
LIGHTHOUSE – album
The second 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 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, Keith Yanes–bass, and Joel Arpin–percussion. Their 2010 debut recording Either Side of Night and 2011 recording The Lighthouse has been met with great praise by reviewers.
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 a moment of play.
Booking and media – Brian Wicklund