MP3 Barry Sides - Broken Hearts Broken Strings
Like John Prine, Barry Sides writes with wit and intelligence from a place a little off center.
11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Americana, COUNTRY: Modern Country
Barry Sides new record Broken Hearts Broken Strings, carves another notch on Gainesville, Florida’s musical family tree, a musical tree that includes Bernie Leadon (Flying Burrito Brothers & The Eagles), Don Felder (The Eagles), Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and all the Heartbreakers, Sister Hazel and Bo Diddley.
Broken Hearts Broken Strings offers 11 new originals by Sides. It features former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch on drums, guitar, percussions, and background vocals; Grammy winning musician Ronny Cates on bass and guitar; and guitarist Jeff Sims who also produced the record.
In the tradition of the Eagles and Tom Petty, Broken Hearts Broken Strings is an acoustic-based album layered with melodic guitars and poignant vocals and is a lyrical and musical masterpiece. Very few artists write with the honesty which flows from the pen of Barry Sides. Fewer still write about love and loss with his conviction.
The title track, Broken Hearts Broken Strings, finds Sides wishing” There was a AAA for hearts that break down along the way”. In his song, He Left Her, Sides states “If leavin’ her wasn’t right, how come he slept so good the night he left her”. When singing about his being left behind in I Hate This, Sides sings “I hate this, pretending it does not hurt, acting like I don’t want back up her skirt”.
Like John Prine, Barry Sides writes with wit and intelligence from a place a little off center. Sides looks at the world with the suspicious eyes of a poet. He asks forgiveness, and asks for us to pardon him in his song, Excuse Me, as he explains “I’m impulsive, demanding and charming, sometimes I’m dangerous too, addictive I’m hooked on seduction, give me time and I will seduce you”.
It is difficult not to be seduced by Sides as his powerful, soulful voice dares you to agree with him or to turn off the record. Turning off Broken Hearts Broken Strings is something listeners will find hard to do.