Tim Barry / Austin Lucas / Josh Small

Tim Barry / Austin Lucas / Josh Small: live in Austinlive in Austin (2009)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

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Ah, good old Emo's in Austin, TX. It's pretty much the epitome of what a punk rock club should be. It's dirty (beware of the bathroom, especially during crowded shows), has friendly staff, cheap drinks, a kick ass jukebox, a nice low stage without a barrier, usually cheap admission and they allow in.

Ah, good old Emo's in Austin, TX. It's pretty much the epitome of what a punk rock club should be. It's dirty (beware of the bathroom, especially during crowded shows), has friendly staff, cheap drinks, a kick ass jukebox, a nice low stage without a barrier, usually cheap admission and they allow ins and outs so you can peruse 6th St. if you're killing time before the show.

I arrived a little late and missed local Austin band Broken Gold (sorry guys).

Josh Small was up next and played a half-hour set of bluegrass, country and folk. Josh put on a good show, often telling a funny aside between songs. I still haven't had the chance to pick up his record Tall, out on Suburban Home, so I was not familiar with his songs, but if you're a fan of Tim Barry you will most likely enjoy Josh's music. Austin Lucas joined Josh for the last song of his set. I was bummed that most of the crowd was talking loudly and not watching Josh play. Oh well, their loss.

Austin Lucas is someone I've heard great things about, but up until that night I had only heard one or two songs off of compilations. This was technically the record release show for his latest album, Somebody Loves You (available through the nice folks at Suburban Home Records as well). He came out dressed in all black wearing a metal T-shirt and sleeved out in tattoos. The average person would not expect this man to play authentic country and bluegrass that could easily stand side by side with music from the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. He has an amazing voice and while some of the crowd was still rudely talking through his set (it's an acoustic show, have some respect, you assholes!), he managed to get a really good response from most of us. He definitely lived up to expectations.

Next on the Emo's stage was the man we were all waiting forā?¦ Tim Barry. He was accompanied by Josh Small on banjo and guitar for the whole set and Austin Lucas sang back-up on a few songs. This was going to be my fifth time seeing Tim Barry and I could not have been more excited. It ended up being one of the most intense, emotional and incredible performances I've ever seen. Tim started off with "Trash Inspirations" and then played a slower song and pretty much switched between slow and faster songs all night. He played a lot of material off his first LP, Rivanna Junction, as well as newer songs off his latest LP, Manchester. The alcohol-fueled crowd was up front singing along like crazy. He played a new song about an escaped Virginia slave and started it by telling us that he was gonna do what he's not supposed to and play a five-minute, really slow brand new song. The song was great and gave us a break from singing along. Anyone that has seen Tim live knows that he likes to talk very candidly to the crowd between songs. He has had a really crazy and difficult time in the last year and a half. His two best friends died within months of each other and he revealed that after The Revival Tour he got really sick, went into the hospital and almost died. He told us he is still sick and now plays each show like it could be his last. You could tell the crowd was emotionally stirred by his words and I know I was thinking that this could be my last time seeing him (he didn't say what was ailing him, but I hope he gets better and continues to make music until he's old and gray). It made for a very emotional yet inspirational night.

Throughout the set Tim ended up breaking a string on three different guitars. He was getting anxious while a roadie re-strung his guitar, so he grabbed a guitar minus a string, said "Fuck it" and went into the middle of the crowd and sang the fan favorite "Idle Idylist" with no mic and all of us singing the song with him (he did have to stop us once to help us get our timing right). When he jumped back on stage he said he felt much better and proceeded with the show. Before playing one of my favorites, "Wait at Milano," Tim spoke more about his friends who passed away. During the song you could tell he was holding back tears and after the song he admitted that it was really hard to get through. He ended the set with another somber song, "Church of Level Track".

Afterward many fans came up to Tim to shake his hand and share a few words. He looked very emotionally drained. I usually don't like to bother someone right after they come off stage, but I felt so moved that I had to shake his hand. He introduced himself and gave me a hug. I told him he had us all practically in tears and he said "Me too, maybe one of these days I'll end on a high note." I heard he has a reputation for being very sincere and down to earth (which is also evident from his stage banter) and it is most definitely true. I'm used to leaving a show feeling elated, but I've rarely left a show feeling like I was just socked in the gut emotionally like I did that night.

I can't remember all the songs played, but here is a partial list (he played a few more, but I had a few drinks in me and I'm spacing on the rest of them):

  • Trash Inspirations
  • Ronnie Song
  • Avoiding Catatonic Surrender
  • Sagacity Gone
  • new song
  • 222
  • Dog Bumped
  • Idle Idylist
  • Tacoma
  • Wait at Milano
  • Church of Level Track


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Scroat (June 27, 2009)

I was at this show, and it was exactly as you described it. I brought a bunch of friends who had never heard of Lucas or Barry and they had the best time. Great review, man.

oskorei (March 17, 2009)

Thanks for telling me about the new song. Here is a link

damnitsderek (March 17, 2009)

Score is for Austin Lucas. The Common Cold is such a fucking outstanding record.

Moop (March 17, 2009)

saw this tour in San Diego and Long Beach.. both nights were special and awesome in their own ways. Tim recorded the new song about the slave uprising in the bathroom at Alex's Bar on saturday night.. i dont know who did it. but i was told it should be up on youtube in the near future.

would think the songs would be titled Gabriel Prosser.

anywas thanx to Tim for two nights of drunken sing alongs.

oskorei (March 17, 2009)

anyone gonna be at the Roanoke VA date?

oskorei (March 17, 2009)

to whomever posted the review. Don't worry Tim isn't slowing down anytime soon. He hits the studio after this tour ends to record his new album. You didn't happen to get an audio or video copy of the "new song" did you? My year has started off so well. New Josh Small, Austin Lucas, another Tim Barry album this year. I hope Mr. Ragan is reading this because I'm dying for some new stuff.

suburbanhome (March 17, 2009)

thanks for reviewing the show. I am counting down the days til Tim, Austin, and Josh come to Denver. Chad Price is also opening the show which should be a nice treat. If this tour comes to a town near you, don't miss it.

preston (March 17, 2009)

I can't wait til this tour comes by me. Sounds like a great show.

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