Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes is known for his warmth and vulnerability as a lyricist and storyteller. The words to his songs feel familiar long before the final chord is heard. Over the past decade and with five well-loved studio albums, the Nashville-based Barnes has effortlessly melded the sound of pop, country, rock, and soul. His sixth album, Stories To Tell, is the perfect mix of what fans have grown to love about his musical personality combined with a daring new approach to the making of this album. The interesting newness triggered by working with a new producer in a new city, includes more pronounced and unique instrumentation and a genre defining sound from song to song. Recorded in Los Angeles with pop-rock savant producer John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, Pink), Barnes exited his comfort zone to release true creativity.
“Making this album was a real bucket list thing. For my entire career I’ve dreamed about the romanticism of driving along the west coast to record in Los Angeles,” Barnes explains. “I’ve done all my other records in Nashville but for this one I wanted to do something different.”
Hear more about it from Dave in his “Making of the album” video!
One of the big themes on this record is enjoying the moment while you have it because who knows what will happen, that’s something that’s universal for everyone. -Dave
While writing Stories To Tell Dave’s wife discovered she was pregnant with their first child and many of the songs are about that experience in some way. One of our favorite tracks on the album is “Mine To Love,” which welcomes his child into the world and we’re excited to let you download the song for FREE this week! Another favorite of ours is his hit song, “God Gave Me You” (Grammy nominated for the Best Country Song as performed by Blake Shelton on 2011’s Red River Blue album.) Check out the music video for it below, and click on the download button at the bottom of the page to get your free download of “Mine To Love.”
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