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Drink At 4 is a classic. I love everything about it, and it wouldn’t surprise me if someone in Nashville recorded it and got rich. There’s nothing like hearing the original writer sing a great new song, so here’s your chance. — Christine Lavin
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Barry Oreck & Friends

 

 

Barry Oreck, a Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter has had a long career in music, dance, and performance art. Barry has played solo and with various bands and has written music and created sound and text scores for dance and theater pieces (nicollandoreck.com). Playing in and around New York City, he works with a strong cadre of seasoned musical collaborators. His band, Barry Oreck and Friends, features the core quartet of Barry (guitar and vocals) Jesse Miller (guitar and vocals), Adam Armstrong (bass) and Rima Fand (fiddle and vocals). Other frequent guests include Brooklyn standouts Kevin Garcia (percussion), Bob Telson (accordion) and Rob Meador (mandolin and vocals). 

Barry grew up in the Chicago folk and blues tradition studying with folk luminaries at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music and soaking in the exploding blues scene. Steeped in new and traditional music and protest songs, he writes songs in a variety of styles from bluesy finger picking to driving bluegrass. His songs have been described as, "“a unique collection of songs full of wry, thought-provoking lyrics, sweet harmonies, with a satisfying touch of funk.” 

 

 
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NEWS 

 

 

OUR new ALBUM: HOW THE BRIGHT EARTH SPUN

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release date: october 13, 2018

  1. How the Bright Earth Spun Like a Jewel (music by Barry Oreck, lyrics by Henry Rago) (BMI)

    I have always adored this poem from the book A Sky of Late Summer written by a great poet, Henry Rago, who was the father of my first girlfriend in high school. I first tried putting it to music in the summer of 1969 shortly after his death as we watched the first moon walk and saw the Bright Earth for the first time from space. I have revisited it a few times in the interim but never was quite satisfied with it. Then this year I came back to it – this one took an especially long time to find its time and place but I’m so glad it’s finally here.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Violin: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong
Mandolin: Bob Harris
Cello: Michael Ronstadt

LYRICS

2. Chicago Blues (music and lyrics by Barry Oreck)(BMI)

My personal musical history growing and learning to play guitar in Chicago just at the moment the great Chicago bluesmen were finding an international audience.

Guitar and vocal: Barry Oreck
Lead guitar: Jesse Miller
Harmonica: William Galison
Bass: Adam Armstrong
Drums: Bob Harris

LYRICS

3. Gentle Arms of Eden (music and lyrics by David Carter) (BMI)

The history of the world in 4 verses. This is one of the most powerful songs I know.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin, harmony vocal: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong

4. Old Man (music by Barry Oreck, lyrics by Larry Stallman)(BMI)

An anthem of independence and resistance for the long in the tooth.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin, harmony vocal: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong
Dobro: Bob Harris

LYRICS

5. Where Are You Going? (music by Barry Oreck, lyrics by Barry Oreck and Jessica Nicoll)(BMI)

This was written as a tribute to a friend killed on 9/11. It took me this time to be ready to play it in public and put it on a record.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong

LYRICS

6. Just a Little While (music and lyrics by Eugene Bartlett)

There are many great versions of this song – this one came from Mahalia Jackson.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Bass: Adam Armstrong

7. Cold Water (music by Barry Oreck, lyrics by Larry Stallman and Barry Oreck)(BMI)

A dark post-love song.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong

LYRICS

8. Walk in Jerusalem (traditional)

I’ve been playing this one for a long, long time. I wanted to include a spiritual on the album and this one rose to the top.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin, harmony vocal: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong

9. Cramps (music and lyrics by Barry Oreck)(BMI)

From my storehouse of songs inspired by skiing and the outdoors, written in a hut at 12,000 feet as my friends chuckled at my St. Vitus’ dance of pain.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin, harmony vocal: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong
Mandolin: Bob Harris

LYRICS

10. One More Dollar (music and lyrics by Gillian Welch)(BMI)

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite songwriters.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Violin, harmony vocal: Rima Fand
Bass: Adam Armstrong

11. Saints and Sinners (music and lyrics by David Francey)(BMI)

A single image becomes a poignant commentary on tolerance, understanding and the world situation. A brilliant song from one of my favorite songwriters.

Guitar, lead vocal: Barry Oreck
Guitar, harmony vocal: Jesse Miller
Bass: Adam Armstrong

 
 
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Barry Oreck

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