Portland-based musician, Barry Walker, will be releasing his forthcoming LP titled Barry Walker Jr., and features themes of various places and times. Not only is Walker a frontman for his own music, he also plays pedal steel in Mouth Painter, Roselit Bone, Hearts of Oak and Flash Flood and the Dikes. He's also played pedal steel with many Pacific Northwest musicians including Marissa Anderson, Lavender Country, Michael Hurley, SPUR! and the Osprey Sisters. This is Barry's first album since his acclaimed 2012 cassette, Banjo Knife.
With the premiere of his first single "Black Sh*t Blues," from the upcoming Barry Walker Jr. LP, he says that the video was "shot on the northern Oregon coast, and also at the Deer Lodge in Portland." When describing the video's themes, Barry explained that "the video for 'Black Shit Blues' is a Pacific Northwestern myth-science tale of a wanderer passing through, conceived by Portland writer Shane Hayden. It was shot on the northern Oregon coast and also at the Deer Lodge in Portland, presumably synchronous scenes interleave to show just what a citizen might be faced with on the day to day." Watch the music video for "Black Sh*t Blues" here.
According to Walker, "The words of the song are reflected in these themes. And other themes, like skin damage, isolation, waiting in line, sea level rise, impotence, impunity. Things we must live with.Things we probably can’t change.The music, though, feels good. And there’s the Yod steel player reminding you to kick the dark magus back every now and then. And, you know, just enjoy some Kokomo slide guitar. Not head in the sand, but toes in the sand, when you can."