Just About Almost There
Perennial Bay Area favorite, BTg (the Bartron Tyler group) is excited to announce the release of their 5th album: "JUST ABOUT ALMOST THERE" With the long awaited follow up to their 2002 CD "Like A Metaphor" this dynamic live band has strived to produce a fantastic sounding studio album while maintaining a sense of their popular and critically acclaimed festival and concert performances. A guitar based instrumental quartet that has played throughout California since 1992, BTg composes and performs a unique blend of musical styles that includes Rock, Jazz Fusion, World, Celtic, Latin and any other musical flavor that piques their interest. From the straight ahead rock of "Smokes Like A Fish", the fusion of Afro/Caribbean rhythms and synth guitar in "Comp Day", the deep groove and soulfull,soaring electric guitar of "Model T" to the Sunday morning acoustic groove of "Ignorant (By)Design', "JUST ABOUT ALMOST THERE" is an album that touches down in many musical geographies while keeping a coherent focus on listenability. Completely self produced and recorded on digital home studios "JUST ABOUT ALMOST THERE" represents the collaboration of modern tech and heartfelt musical expression. BTg is comprised of John Bartron on Acoustic and Synthesizer Guitar; Mike Tyler on Electric and Acoustic Guitars; John Hasty playing a hybrid Drum/Percussion kit and Joey Fabian on various Basses. "JUST ABOUT ALMOST THERE" song stories Smokes Like A Fish Based on a catchy electric guitar riff with an infectious groove that had been a rehearsal studio warm up jam for years, this tune has become a concert staple that always generates incredible audience response. Mike Tyler tears into an electric guitar melody and solo followed by John Bartron taking a synth guitar solo. Comp Day A musical portrait of free time. JB remembers: "One morning while sitting on the deck of our house in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mts. I had a cup of coffee and a whole warm summer day off in front of me. The groove and simple melody started up on my guitar and I couldn't stop playing. After a while I traded the coffee for some local brew and the song seemed to write itself." The arrangement features a percussion and bass breakdown that transforms into a lively synth guitar solo, followed by a tasteful, ripping electric solo. Foolproof Plan This song first appeared on Btg's now out of print debut album in an acoustic format and has evolved over the years into a groovin' full band arrangement. Deep bass and drums lay the foundation for some back and forth acoustic and electric guitar solos. Ignorant (by) Design Three quarters of the way through recording for the album the band realized they didn't have an acoustic number to send along to Rosalie Howarth of KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise. JB whipped together and recorded a nice finger picking tune and let the rest of the band fill in the blanks. Mike added a slide guitar melody, John Hasty pulled out every hand drum he owns and Joey Fabian settled on a fretless bass to bring it all together. Have a nice Sunday. Model T Written the day after attending a Robben Ford concert, Mike's Model T has a stylish interior, plenty of power under the hood and all the looks to turn peoples heads as you cruise down Highway 1. What will it take to put you behind the wheel of this tune...today? Soulful and soaring electric guitar melody and solo, followed by an introspective acoustic guitar solo. Bare Necessities Mike Tyler is featured on this traditional folk song. Acoustic guitars, slide guitar and Ebow overdubbed by one musician yet sounding as natural as a group of friends sitting around a campfire. The Blue Beach John Hasty and Joey Fabian recording deep into the night at Joey's mid-peninsula home studio. Running out of drums and percussion to play? Pull out some mixing bowls! Irish Tune (Morrison's Jig ; Geary Blvd. Translation) John's oft performed solo piece finally recorded. A tune learned from a penny whistle playing Irish American lass he met at a local pub. Treaty Schmeaty A Zepplin-esque guitar riff with plenty of room for all to rock. Mike tries his hand at lap steel for some outstanding soloing. The band also showcases their as yet hidden vocal talent. A one chord a capella ending that is dripping with political satire. The Flying Dream Mike's favorite reoccurring dream is related here in great epic detail. The band's progressive rock influences are evident in this orchestral suite. Once again the percussion arsenal is utilized alongside synth guitar and plenty of ensemble interplay. "..to sleep, perchance to soar.."