Kevin Barbour plays guitar in the contemporary jazz style, but with a refreshing rock edge. First Steps is the guitarist's new CD, an all instrumental recording where echoes of Pat Metheny, Eric Johnson and Russ Freeman can be heard throughout. Barbour's hardly a copycat though--the opening track "Say It" begins with some fiery space rock soloing and rapid speaker-to-speaker panning, something you'd be hard pressed to find eminating from Metheny's Gibson. "Say It" features a blazing, overdriven solo passage as well, as does the closing track "MIdwestern Vacation". The CD features more than its share of fine melodic moments, and all the guitar work on First Steps is crisp, propulsive and at times, unpredictable--the hallmark of a memorable instrumental CD release.
Born in New York, Kevin started his musical career playing guitar,piano, bass and drums at age 13. While completing school he won numerous regional jazz awards for composition and performance. He went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After college, Kevin worked as a studio musician and has composed and produced music for a variety of artists. He is a winner of the 1998 Rock 101-WGIR "Best Guitar Solo" contest. First Steps is the culmination of Kevin's education and experience.
Barbour will be playing live in the New England area to support First Steps and he continues to seek radio airplay for his music.
11 Eagle Dr.
Hudson, NH 03051
Web site: www.kevinbarbour.com