Frank writes and sings like a guy whos been beat up and still wont quit, like a guy whos been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his Valley Entertainment release "Ready" feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn't hold back for anyone or anything. New York Times Best selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset. If you've never seen one of those, they're burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. Thats where Frank Barter takes you.
I tend to write my songs from a visual place. Almost theatrically. I get a set in my head and then try and create a story or a character in that setting. I am not sure why that works best other than I have some theater chops from the past. Not all the time though. Sometimes I'll hear about something so moving and if it really touches me, it kind of writes itself.
Frank has toured the west coast and Pacific Northwest extensively and opened for Chuck Berry, John Haitt, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Johnny Copeland, Curtis Selgado, and Duffy Bishop to name a few. Venues/festivals played include: Slims, Tongue and Groove, The Elbow Room, Peri's, 19 Broadway, 4th Street Tavern, Hardly Strictly, Bottlerock Napa Valley, North Beach Music Festival, Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, Bumbershoot Festival to name a few.
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