Danny Barnes Announces New Album “Man On Fire,’ Executive Produced by Dave Matthews

Banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes is thrilled to announce his new album Man On Fire, due out March 6 on ATO Records. The record was executive produced by Dave Matthews and finds Barnes collaborating with musical legends including Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass and mandolin, Bill Frisell on guitar, Matt Chamberlain on percussion, and Matthews himself on vocals and Wurlitzer. In an interview with Fretboard Journal, Barnes says, “I’m so blessed to have friends like that, super genius guys.” He also declares Man On Fire “the best I’ve ever been at my craft.”

Fretboard Journal also debuted Man On Fire‘s first single “Awful Strange,” calling Barnes their “favorite banjo experimentalist/singer-songwriter.” Listen to “Awful Strange” below…

Originally from Texas, Barnes was a founding member of the influential roots-punk band the Bad Livers before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, he was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, hailed as “one of bluegrass music’s most distinctive and innovative performers.”

Catch Danny Barnes live at the below dates:


1/17: McMenamins Anderson School – Bothell, WA

1/18: Dusty Strings (Banjo Workshop) – Seattle, WA

1/26: Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY

1/29: One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME

1/31: Spire Center for Performing Arts – Plymouth, MA

2/01: Club Passim (Banjo Workshop) – Cambridge, MA

2/01: The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

2/07: Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

2/19: Ambrose West – Asheville, NC

2/21: Prism Coffeehouse – Charlottesville, VA

2/22: The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV

2/23: Wine Garden at City Winery – Washington, DC

4/17: Cactus Café – Austin, TX

5/29-30: John Hartford Memorial Fest – Morgantown, IN

8/19-23: Blue Ridge Banjo Camp – Brevard, NC

9/10-13: American Banjo Camp – Port Orchard, WA

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