Born in Colorado and with roots in Kentucky, Barrett Myers has been writing and performing music since a fateful road trip one spring day in 2008. Lately he’s been seen entertaining the crowds at Adelino’s Old World Kitchen on Monday evenings, and at various coffee shops and open mic nights around the Lafayette area.
Myers has released his album, “The Coming And The Leaving,” and it’s here that you discover he is one of the rare artists that still seem to be able to really paint a picture in your mind. And I mean clear vivid images. This is a wonderful album with music that is mellow and romantic, and in general, just enjoyable. What I like best about this music is that it can be all of those things without being sappy, boring or repetitive. Myers has a wonderful laid-back style and his voice is a pleasure to listen to.
What we get here is a collection of lovely acoustic driven, almost folk songs with a very relaxing, mellow sound that just makes you want to smile and hug whoever happens to be nearby. This melodic blend of great guitar music and soothing vocal lyrics has such a sweet and smart vibe to it, every time I hear it I love it more. Myers has no need to be too commercial or controversial – his music simply makes you feel good with great melodies and touching lyrics.
Myers has developed a formula for an easy-on-the-ear song, which involves an acoustic guitar strummed at a medium pace, backed by light drums and a basic bass line, all behind his slow and relaxed crooning. And that is a rare commodity these days. Think about it…just a guy and his guitar singing about life and love, and he keeps rolling from beginning to end, super creative, with no low points.
Simply put, “The Coming And The Leaving,” is very enjoyable indeed. I was actually not familiar with Barrett Myers previously, but I appreciated every single track and have listened to this album a couple of times over already. The music is poetic, soft, acoustic, and folksy. Somewhere in-between Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and early Bob Dylan. I particularly recommend listening to “Boxes,” “Portland,” and the real standout ballad, “Wind.”
I had to get my own copy, and I’m going to check out for any previous releases by Barrett Myers too! You’d better do the same, if you’ve been searching for great melodies and stories of life, all woven into song.
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