You’ll swear Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon have been singing together all their lives. And maybe they have – it just took them awhile to find each other.
They lived only twenty miles apart when Newlon was lead guitarist for several Chicago area rock bands in the mid-70s, but for obvious reasons, Barnett wasn’t allowed to venture out to the clubs as a second grader. Fast forward 20 years. Both had settled in Northern California, after a long and winding path through the Rocky Mountain music scene of the late 70s for Newlon and the tech boom of Silicon Valley for Barnett. They met, they sang, and the connection was obvious – soul mates were reunited.
Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon “take a sophisticated
approach to their contemporary folk Americana.”
-Santa Cruz Sentinel
“Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon effortlessly
channel the intimate, casual atmospheres of
cozy living rooms and warm hearths.”
-Good Times, Santa Cruz
With a sound much greater than the sum of its parts, Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon jump the lines between folk, rock, blues and singer-songwriter soulfulness. Their original songs feature tight vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitar arrangements that reveal the sound of an entire band in just six strings.
For someone who found her gift of voice later in life, Bev certainly has a knack for delivering the essence of a song. Her tone has been called angelic – but with the ability to ‘turn down the sheets.’ Sometimes you hear the honeyed tones of Mary Chapin Carpenter, and sometimes you hear hints of Sade.
Newlon has been called a ‘deliberate’ guitarist who, with his casual yet emphatic style which includes use of alternate tunings and partial capos to elicit sophisticated chord voicings, and a percussive, full style that enhances every arrangement.