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The Barlow Gets Lucky With Sophomore Album, Horseshoe Lounge
Independent country record fuses outlaw, Red Dirt and Southern rock influences

Denver, CO (January 26, 2021) — Colorado Country. That’s the sound The Barlow has been making since 2017, combining Red Dirt, Americana, outlaw country and guitar-heavy Southern rock into songs that are as rugged as the band’s Denver home.  Two years after releasing their self-titled debut album, bandmates Shea Boynton, Ben Richter, Brad Johnson, and Troy Scoope are back with 2021’s Horseshoe Lounge. Produced by The Barlow and featuring guest appearances by members of Mike and the Moonpies— whose front man Mike Harmeier contributes vocals on the album-closing track “Part of the Band” and whose pedal steel guitarist, Zachary Moulton, plays throughout the record Horseshoe Lounge is the sound of a band mid-stride, confidently walking down its own lane.

The new album also shines a light on the chemistry generated by a touring schedule that’s kept The Barlow on the road, playing shows throughout West Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the band’s native Colorado. Along the way the group has shared the stage with Mike and the Moonpies, Sunny Sweeney, Ward Davis, The Steel Woods and other acts who, like The Barlow, straddle the line between classic and modern country.

According to the band, “This album is intended to be a blue-collar record aimed at fans of all genres. We’re excited about the evolving songwriting, performance, production, and overall personal growth of the band.  We have all been friends since high school and it’s the record we’ve always wanted to make. Bootstrapping this record has been rewarding and we’re grateful for the work and process.”

Horseshoe Lounge showcases the sharp songwriting of front man Shea Boynton. An oil-field worker during his time offstage, Boynton fills the album with a mix of autobiography and character studies, often sourcing his writing inspiration from those around him.  He isn’t just telling his own story; he’s writing other people’s stories, too.  Boynton’s songwriting chops are adeptly complimented by Brad’s guitar work/vocals, with bass work and drums/vocals provided by Troy and Ben respectively.  The quartet’s contributions meld perfectly, much like whiskey chased by cold beer over a game of darts on a Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a well-placed cover of Chris Knight’s “Homesick Gypsy” proves The Barlow has good taste when it comes to material written outside of the band, as well.  On February 12, 2021, Horseshoe Lounge is open for business.

Horseshoe Lounge is available on all major outlets 2/12/21.

This album is quite different from the many I have heard lately, I mean it has more twang than the last 10 I listened to! It has some DAMN FINE guitar work, and quite possibly some of the most heart warming steel guitar tone I have ever heard.

When I first read about them, I really wasn’t sure what Colorado Country was to be honest. The above news announcement coins the term with authenticity, believe you me. There are so many types of sounds here juxtaposed all into one well made album here!

The title song here on this album is one of my favorites on the entire list, because it showcases some mighty fine production work, along with a band that plays like a well oiled honky tonk machine! It just paints a picture of me when my days were wild, and my hangovers were wilder, and the mainstream country world doesn’t have the most minuscule idea what wild times are.

“Before You Know” is what I’m listening to now, and it has a terrific drum roll to open a well written song…but the NEXT SONG called “Gallows” really spoke to me, and sounded like some type of retro 70’s power ballad. This song has so much feeling and it flows with such a lonesome vibe. It is a working double standard here,  being a beacon of hope while being poured out upon us with such an appetency FOR that beacon of hope.

I am just sitting here in awe of the constant barrage of retro sounds of all of these songs here, while the lyrics keep the songs fresh and new. I have been trying to inculcate bands like this to festivals all over the country, bands like this keep the roads and stages HOT, as other bands move to higher echelons.

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