Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Sam Barron
Sam Barron was born in NYC. His father was a former folk musician turned forensic criminal investigator. His mother worked with severely handicapped children. Stories from the autopsy table and the macabre reality of God’s misfits left a significant imprint on his developing mind. For Sam, jazz and poetry became his refuge. He started penning poems and frequenting uptown jazz clubs, and studying guitar with NYC jazz great and mentor Freddie Bryant.
Sam’s professional career in songwriting began in ‘97 in Austin, when he got signed by Kranzke Records. His first album, Tempus Fugitive, was recorded with Luke Abbey, the drummer for Gorilla Biscuits. During this period, Barron did a stint playing bass for Austin legend Joe Valentine. Ending up in NYC in ’02, Sam became a regular in the Antifolk scene housed at The Sidewalk Café. It was during this period that Barron first worked with Newman on All Over the Place. A collaboration with producer Brian Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, Hammell on Trial, Pinc Louds) followed, resulting in Just Couldn’t Help Myself. Simultaneously, Barron and Mimi Oz formed the Indie Rock band The Come On, out of which came an EP, an album, and three US/Canada Tours.
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