Randy Barrett and the Barrettones
Randy Barrett is a triple-threat standout; top shelf songwriter, award-winning vocalist, and purveyor of stellar instrumental prowess on guitar and banjo. Randy's rich and soulful baritone has collected several Washington Area Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk as well as the 2002 Bluegrass Album of the Year for his latest Lights of Home. His songwriting has also won numerous awards, in particular for "Hold Me Forever" from his 1995 debut CD Each & Every Day.
Some call him traditional, others aren't so sure. Randy doesn't mind not being pigeon-holed. His musical roots are in folk, bluegrass and country but style is secondary to the song; whatever the genre, it should be singable and worthy of harmonies. That strategy appears to be working, as Randy's songs have been recorded by Chesapeake, Grace Griffith, bluegrass group Auldridge, Bennett and Gaudreau, and Peg Loughran among others.
Randy is also well known around the Falling Mountain Music family, having contributed his stellar banjo and harmony vocals on each of Andrew McKnight's first two CDs as well as John Rickard's The Simple Life.
Randy has performed at such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Birchmere, The Library of Congress, the Rocky Mountain and Washington Folk Festivals, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, and the Bluebird Cafe. He plays regularly at festivals and concerts around the Mid-Atlantic region. Randy is also the head of the DC Bluegrass Union, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Bluegrass music in Washington DC and the Mid-Atlantic region.
" ...if Barrett never wrote another lyric he easily could get by on his singing alone, thanks to his handsome, rough-hewn baritone. It's a storyteller's voice, personable and persuasive, and it swiftly brings to life the characters who populate his ballads and love songs"
- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"Artfully crafted lyrics supported by Randy's powerful, warm and deep vocals"
- Craig Ferguson, Telluride Bluegrass Festival
"one of the best songwriters to ever come out of Washington"
- Eric Brace, The Washington Post