nine mile road

nine mile road


Blending styles from blues to rock to country to jazz nine mile road offers their own version of music steeped in American traditions. Craig Barber's songwriting is brought to life by experienced musicians creating a style uniquely familiar.


For nearly two years, Tuesday nights meant a chance to play the open mic at The Six String Cafe in Cary, NC. Craig started showing up every week to play songs that had been rattling around in his head for years. Joe would run sound for the open mic and often performed himself.

The two formed a friendship that lead to the both an acoustic duo and a full band that became the vehicle for Craig's songwriting. Since then, band members have changed, but the current lineup of Craig, Joe, Steve and Eric has a great chemistry for conveying original music that is uniquely familiar.

With influences that range from classic rock to classic country, nine mile road always delivers a polished sound that people can't forget.


All I Need

Written By: Craig Barber

Living large in a shrink wrapped world
Buy your dreams right off the shelf these days
Write a check and the flags unfurl
And someone shows you to your seat
Instant fortune and instant fame
Some people never pay their dues
Me I’m happy just walking in the rain
As long as I get back to you

You’re all I want
You’re all I need
And with you is all I want to be
I’ve just got to make you see
You’re all I need
You’re all that I will ever ever need

Living well in suburbia
Cul de sac kings and queens
Define their own little areas
With fences, plants and fees
How I landed here I’m not quite sure
I guess my luck came due
But if it all fell away tomorrow
I could make it if I still had you


Living large in a shrink wrapped world
Put your dreams up on the shelf for now
Things turn bad and they start to swirl
Watch it all go down the drain
Instant heartache and instant shame
Some people don’t deserve their due
Me I’ll gladly play this waiting game as long as I can wait with you



Night Like This -- 14 song collection release in 2007
Make Your Life Beautiful -- EP currently being recorded

Set List

Sets are typically 90% original songs. Our original titles include:
All I Need
Should Have Been Me
Jackie Hold On
Can't Let It Go
Make Your Life Beautiful
26 More Days
Nine Mile Road
Nights Like This
Absolutely Adore You
Can't Run From Your Heart
Beside You
What I’ve Been Asking For
In Between
Smokey Mountain Wind
Gone For The Summer
Out of the Basement
I Can Pretend

Covers typically include songs by Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John, Matchbox 20, Van Morrison