Michael Barrow & The Tourists
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Michael Barrow & The Tourists

Provo, UT | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Provo, UT | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Americana





Michael Barrow & the Tourists = Rufus Wainwright + John Mayer
Provo-grown indie folk rock band Michael Barrow & the Tourists are a five-man melodic group meandering into nature and humanity. Reminiscent of weary road trips strapped with heaving luggage, Juneau is a lovely set of soulful stories. Lyrical richness, evoking melancholic freedom and bold exploration, slow burns its way through every song. Juneau is beautifully produced, with clean simplicity and sonic richness, a testament to the band’s methodical approach. Opening track “Sing Me Something New” starts soft and folksy and then suddenly picks up tempo and floods the listener with upbeat blues and soaring vocals. A contemporary Celtic feel imbues “The Mountain & The Sea” with images of a gaggle of idealistic youths swinging and swilling steins of Guinness while singing triumphantly in a crowded pub. It’s wrapped with a pleasing harmonica bridge. A contemplated counterpoint, “The List” is a mournful admission of masculine shame and fragility via strikingly vulnerable statements, such as “I ask myself if I’m good enough for love.” I find myself affectionately attached to this track and its open honesty, inclusive of its slightly syrupy pop romanticism. “Hey Hey Hey” winds around a lovely melody reminiscent of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This particular track stands out in its beauty, a curious juxtaposition to its spartan and somewhat misleading title. The listener is not lead astray with the track “Sad Song,” a tale of the emotional violence of unkind relationships and their inevitable heartbreaks. The sentiment of “shallow waters still can make you drown” flows freely through this bluesy, brooding track. With melodic beauty and narrative complexity, Juneau feels like a perfect crisp autumn canyon drive, reflecting on the beauty of change and the disappointment at the end of something mercurial yet weighty. –Paige Zuckerman - SLUG Magazine


Juneau (2017)
Santa Barbara Sessions (2018)
Sweet Honey (2019)



Michael Barrow (Vocals, Guitar), Mark Lanham (Electric Guitar), Alessandro Improta (Bass), Reed Perkins (Drums), and Zach Collier (Keys) got together in the spring of 2016 in Provo, UT. Rallying around the expressive lyrics and rich vocals of Barrow, they began to inject John Mayer esque guitar lines and warm textures into Barrow's brand of narrative folk.

The band has developed a reputation for their solid live performance and expansive dynamic range, selling out local venues and opening for Ben Rector and The Voice's Ryan Innes. Their debut album, Juneau, was mixed and mastered by Chicago native Brian Zieske, who produced the breakthrough records for both The Hush Sound and The Academy Is... in the early 2000's. 
Juneau received praise from Indie Music outlets, particularly for the breakout single "Sing Me Something New." Music Existence called the album "an indie music lover's dream," and SLUG Magazine praised its "melodic beauty and narrative complexity." 

On March 23, 2018, the band released the Santa Barbara Sessions - a collection of live acoustic takes featuring songs from Juneau, a selection of indie covers, and a brand new song called "All I'll See Is You." Harmon left the band in 2018, with Mark Lanham joining as lead guitarist. The band is currently recording their sophomore album, with producer Brian Zieske returning.

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