Bare Common
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Bare Common

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"Steve Horner and Tom Wilkowske's debut CD features sincere guitar ballads like "Upward Bound" and sunny meditations like "Ice Cream Inside."

-- Sarah Henning, Duluth News Tribune - Duluth News Tribune, Aug. 11, 2005

"There's a relaxed form of expression that emanates from every number, but a sophistication that prevails overall ... smooth folk and inspired music for the soul."

-- Andrew Olson, The Reader Weekly
- The Reader Weekly, Duluth, MN

BARE COMMON AT LAKEVIEW COFFEE -- Ah, a sunny, harmony-rich folk guitar duo. Very Simon and Garfunkel. But less whiny. And without the bad hair. These guys clearly have honed their craft -- who's able to work "catapult'' into a lyric these days?

-- Sarah Henning, Duluth News Tribune, May 6, 2006 - "Homegrown Music Festival VIII," Duluth, MN, USA

- Duluth News Tribune


Bare Common released its self-titled CD in August 2005 on its own Eggtone Music label. It was produced, arranged and recorded by Steve Horner. It is receiving airplay on Duluth independent public radio station KUMD-FM.

The track "Upward Bound" has been chosen for the upcoming Oasis Acoustic Sampler CD, which is distributed to hundreds of industry contacts. It also has been chosen for inclusion on northern Minnesota's 4th annual Highway 61 Folks Festival compilation CD and on Acoustic Fuel, the Internet radio station (



Tom and Steve filter their experiences through the musical lenses of classic pop and rock, acoustic folk and alternative country. Listeners say they've heard echoes of Simon and Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers in Bare Common's performances.

Bare Common takes its name from the essay "Nature" by American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. It describes both a place and a moment when the ecstacy of existence and inspiration strikes.

Bare Common also describes the duo's performing and songwriting approach. As musicians, they opt for a straightforward presentation of their songs. As songwriters, they use the building blocks of daily life to present their experience in unadorned ways, striving for something that is both personal and universal.