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Serious Sam Barrett

An accomplished skateboarder who founded a punk-style D.We.Con. label to record his regional folk picture, “Severe” Sam Barrett mixed American Delta blues and nation with British traditional music in a primary, heartfelt fashion. Created and elevated in the small town of Addingham in the Yorkshire Dales, Barrett was child to a folksinger dad and a mom who adored Dylan, Guthrie, and Business lead Stomach. He became enamored of his parents’ record collection while youthful and learned to try out the guitar young. While in his teenagers, he used skateboarding, where he gained his nickname, and experienced punk rock, that he created an admiration for the D.We.Y. ethic. In the beginning playing All-American-influenced nation and blues, he steadily incorporated even more Yorkshire folk affects. Performing an assortment of traditional and self-penned materials “primarily about heartbreak,” Barrett created a twangy, rootsy fingerpicked design making extensive usage of 12-string acoustic guitar, while his nose delivery recalled his child years heroes. As a man he relocated to close by Leeds, where, with several friends, he created the D.We.Con. collective YaDig? release a music by the very best folk and origins performers in Leeds and Western Yorkshire. He toured thoroughly, traveling as much afield as Nashville and Austin’s SXSW event. His eponymous debut recording fallen in 2012, as well as the follow-up, North Nation Steed — a cooperation with Wayne the Fang — in 2014; both had been released in the U.S. by Arkam.

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