Barbara K
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Barbara K

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States
Band Americana Folk


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"A singer, songwriter, performer, musician and recording artist, who is also a mother, activist, visionary, innovator, entrepreneur and was a partner in Timbuk3, Kooyman is a fan, a believer, a nurturer and an advocate. Now if she only possessed one of those skills it would be amazing. It would be even more stunning if a whole section of those groupings were draped around her shoulders. But since each and every one of those words is appropriate to her, most being simply the opening idea for a whole essay on Barbara, then calling her just a wonderful person, gifted talent and strong performer is limiting rather than extolling..." Louis Black, Editor of The Austin Chronicle:

"One of the best, if not the best, performances I've seen at The Cactus Cafe in 26 years of working here."
Christopher Lueck
Bar Manager, The Cactus Cafe, Austin, TX - Louis Black and Christopher Lueck

"Best Album of The Year"

"It's one of the Top 10 Albums of the Year, and I don't say those things lightly. But I think it's a brilliant, brilliant album."
George Maida, WCVE, Richmond, VA, on Barbara K's solo album Undercover (the songs of Timbuk3)
- George Maida, WCVE Radio


Besides her extensive discography with Timbuk3, Barbara K has recorded 3 CDs on her own:

Ready; Undercover (the songs of timbuk3); and Ghosts and Sparrows -Relative Truth



Barbara K (Barbara Kooyman), a child in the 60’s, learned to play guitar in the 70’s, had a hit song in the 80’s, raised a family in the 90’s, and continued singing, songwriting and performing into the new century. “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in Timbuk3, appearances on Saturday Night Live, Solid Gold, The Austin Chronicle’s Texas Music Hall of Fame, extensive tours in the United States, Europe and Japan, opening for Bob Dylan, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and others.