The Brothers Barton, a Bakersfield bluegrass duo who have played nearly every acoustic venue and bluegrass festival within two hundred miles of their home. With Paul favoring the mandolin and Loren the guitar, they perform a repertoire of traditional and original instrumentals and songs. Last year Chris Page, Music writer for The Bakersfield Californian, wrote that the Brothers Barton are some of the finest bluegrass pickers this town has to offer. Their reputation has spread far and wide. Veteran bluegrass icon, Richard Greene, is now backing up the brothers on their current recording project. They will be touring this year as Richard Greene and the Brothers Barton. The Brothers Barton, as a duo or in the context of a full bluegrass band, keep the tradition alive and evolving, writes Forest Rose, bass player for Perfect Strangers and columnist for The Columbus Missouri Tribune. While their sound is steeped in tradition, the Brothers Barton are way to imaginative to be labeled preservationists. Their music is alive, spontaneous and accessible. The Bothers played with the Gary Ferguson band at IBMA Fanfest in Louisville, KY. Last Spring they opened for bluegrass supergroup Perfect Strangers in Bakersfield. They have performed or recorded with folks like Richard Greene, Mark Schatz, Ron Stewart, James Bailey, Alan Mude, Joe Carr, Gabe Witcher, Chris Sexton, Tom Gray, Gary Cook, Richard Chon, Kym Warner and the Buckaroos.
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