Friday, June 13, 2014

Album Review: ‘Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond’ by Tim Barry

Title:  Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond (Big Cartel, Chunksaah Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)  

Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond is Tim Barry’s first live album and does what all great live records do—captures Barry in his element, connecting with an audience, and singing his best songs.  From the opening of “Dog Bumped” to the closing of “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender” the former Avail lead singer has the hometown crowd eating out of the palm of his hands with his sultry yet gruff voice and acoustic guitar.  After his former band called it a day in the early ‘00s, Barry took up the acoustic guitar and began charting a new solo career through folk music.  In the decade that followed Barry released five stellar albums, a split EP with Frank Turner, and toured the world.  Raising Hell & Living Cheap… not only captures the Barry live experience but also acts as an excellent greatest hits collection, with all five records represented in the setlist.  This album is a must for Barry fans and one of the best live records to come out in years.       

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