10 questions with musician Ed Barney

August 15, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • Ed Barney of Martinsburg, W.Va., has released a solo album, "Acoustic Paradigm."
By Crystal Schelle,

Name: Ed Barney

Age: 43

City in which you reside: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Day job: Produce manager for Bloom in Leesburg, Va., and musician

Sound description: New acoustic music: blend of bluegrass, rock and blues

Record company: Tuscarora Records

Genre: Bluegrass

Album: "Acoustic Paradigm"

Price: $15

Might know him from: the area bluegrass band, Patent Pending

Last song listened to: "Ginseng Sullivan," by Tony Rice

Favorite song: "I'm Leaving Detroit," by Charlie Moore

More Information on Ed Barney:


1. What inspired you to be a musician?

I've had music throughout my whole life. Music has been a part of my life for 43 years.

2. Tell us about your music writing process.

I'm not a singer-songwriter, but I'm an interpreter of song. I choose things sort of off the beaten path, things you may or may not have heard of, and make them sound original.

3. How do you develop your songs?

Something catches my ear and then I begin the process of listening and how I can interpret that song. I identify a key that is right for my voice and my instrument and I go from there.

4. What was the most challenging aspect of the recording process?

I have an instrumental version of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' and concentrating on how to make it mine, but have the song sound the same was challenging.

5. What have learned that you wish you would have known earlier?

As you move forward and as time moves forward you gain the experience. As with anything, you wish you could start out knowing what you know 10 years down the road. I've learned how challenging the acoustic guitar is, it's really unlike anything else.

6. Did you discover anything about yourself while doing this album?

I've been a side man with all of the other groups, and I really discovered that I have a voice out there - that I can sing and play a guitar by myself, (and) I don't need a band playing with me.

7. What advice can you offer other musicians?

Keep it fun and keep it interesting.

8. Have other bands inspired your sound?

Other players have. Tony Rice, he's almost my idol. He has an interesting style. Little Feat was a big influence.

9. Do you have any plans to go on tour?

I'm on tour right now. I'm touring throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

10. Do you plan on doing another album with Patent Pending?

Yes, we are in the studio right now and it should be released in the fall.

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