Barry Sides PROFILE

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Barry Sides

Singer songwriter Barry Sides was born in Memphis; raised in Chicago; and settled in Gainesville, FL in 1976 where he currently resides today. Sides has played with the likes of B.B. King; Muddy Waters; James Brown; Earl Scruggs; George Thurogood; Johnny Winter; Melissa Manchester; Bonnie Raitt; and many others. In 2001 he began recording his CD "Broken Hearts Broken Strings," which was recorded in Gainesville and produced by Jeff Sims. "Broken Heart Strings" features the former drummer from Tom Petty along with Don Henley producer Stan Lynch on guitars, drums, percussion and back up vocals. Ronny Caters, a 5-time Grammy winner plays bass and guitars. Through "Broken Hearts Broken Strings," Sides' painfully raw emotions (after a divorce and the disease that took his mother) capture both the listener's ear and heart. His vocal style has been described as a little like Tom Petty; Steve Earl; Bob Dylan; and Johnny Prine. Sides currently performs on the Gainesville circuit with both his guitar and harmonica, and he is joined by his former bass player Kenny Shore.

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