Free to Fly Away
For a sebring musician it took inspiration, writing, recording and mixing to serve up his recipe for the blues. A self-produced compact disc titled 'free to fly away blues' showcases the talents of Tim Barfield, who has been playing lead guitar and singing for 33 years. His wife debra, suggested that he record and produce the project himself because he was already gaining experience with the recording process by making back up tracks for his solo act. Barfield explained how he began playing guitar: my brother johnny, started taking lessons and getting good at it and since i was the younger kid i was always competitive with him. His early influnces included: jimmy hendrix, the allman bros. And b.b.king. Barifeld also learned a lot about playing guitar when he lived in the country music capital, Nashville. Armed with a background in rock, southern rock,blues and country, barfield has developed his own guitar style, which is powerful yet melodic. At the microphone his voice reveals a straight forward comfortable baritone, which suits a variety of musical styles. The words and music come from setting down with his guitar with pencil and paper and 'just seeing what comes,' barfield said. Sometimes i get something good, sometimes i never finish, it's just off and on.' the 48 year old paints houses during the day and on weekends plays lead guitar and sings with the backstage pass band. ' it was a real challange he said about making an album on compact disc . 'it's just a whole different world.'