Barbaro budge beyond the bounds of bluegrass

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Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
Barbaro performing in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
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  • Barbaro - Loathe (Live at Radio Heartland) 04:44
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A lot of string bands can do very well by playing traditional "string band" or even strictly bluegrass songs, but there are those that like to stretch things out a bit. That's the way Barbaro hear themselves — and for good reason. Each of the members of the four-piece local band have different backgrounds, ranging from jam bands to classical. And when you listen to Barbaro perform, you can hear those influences blossom at different times.

Barbaro have a really fun new record in their hands that they're looking to release in January. They're also one of the many bands working this weekend at the Boats and Bluegrass Festival in Winona, Minn., this coming weekend. We caught up with Barbaro in the studio before the big gig.

Songs Performed


"Cold Stack"
"Loathe"
"Barbaro"

Personnel


Kyle Shelstad - guitar, vocals
Rachel Calvert - fiddle, vocals
Isaac Sammis - banjo
Jason Wells - bass

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
Engineered by John Miller
Visuals by Luke Taylor

External Links

Barbaro - official site

Boats and Bluegrass Festival, Winona, Minn.

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  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Barbaro prepare for their performance in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Kyle Shelstad and Rachel Calvert of Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Kyle Shelstad of Barbaro performing in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Jason Wells of Barbaro performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Kyle Shelstad and Rachel Calvert of Barbaro performing in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Rachel Calvert of Barbaro performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Jason Wells of Barbaro performing in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Barbaro performing in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Isaac Sammis of Barbaro performs in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Kyle Shelstad, Rachel Calvert and Isaac Sammis of Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Barbaro perform in the Radio Heartland studio
    Barbaro getting ready for their performance in the Radio Heartland studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)