MusicTAP is very pleased to present this new track, released for “Bandcamp Friday” from singer-songwiter Lincoln Barr. I’ve known this gentleman’s very fine (and broad) work for years, but in case this is your first time hearing his name, please… read on!

Lincoln Barr is a composer and singer based in Columbia, S.C. After leading Seattle-based pop group Red Jacket Mine for 13 years, he released his debut solo album, Trembling Frames, in 2017. Set to a backdrop of equal parts “Great American Songbook” and Angelo Badalamenti, the album explored Barr’s own childhood traumas and its aftermath with haunting, heartbreaking results, and marked a creative and personal turning point.

As per Mr. Barr himself: “This song — recorded at Crackle & Pop Studio in Seattle with my pals Johnny Sangster, Daniel Walker, Aaron Harmonson, and Eric Eagle — actually dates back to 2014 or so; a harbinger of the harmonic and lyrical content that came into full flower on Trembling Frames. We never got around to recording it during the Trembling Frames sessions, and it sat on my pile of regrets (I’ve had a few), until we dusted it off in April, 2019 and gave it a proper burial. Nearly two years and one pandemic later, it’s finally time to roll away the stone.

Originally conceived as a “good love gone bad” rumination (lord knows, we’ve got enough of those), I’ve come to better understand it as a projection of shadows, and a grim grappling with the truth of “wherever you go, there you are.” As Emitt Rhodes (r.i.p.) once put it, “The mirror always knows.” Let the real work begin.”

Give it a listen. And then do yourself a favor and explore Mr. Barr’s back catalog.

“Already Caught” is currently available for download.

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer, manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!