The Traditionist

The Traditionist


Despite numerous lineup changes throughout the years, it is clear that no matter who orbits around the genius nucleus of Joey Barro will be bound for greatness. Everytime they set foot on stage, they rope in new fans like Buffalo Bill roped in cattle.


Everyone’s got the little things they cherish, like so many secrets locked up tight in an old wooden chest that once opened can conjure up a heavy feeling for one person, or a family, or a close-knit circle of friends. Over the years, the people inevitably change, but that same feeling is there when that chest is opened and the secrets flutter out. The same is true of The Antiques—many changes have taken place, but the same feeling is still there.

Growing up amongst a family of musicians, singer and guitarist Joey Barro immediately found a connection with the songs he heard when the sun went down and the guitars came out at family get-togethers. Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel and lots of Dylan could often be heard with a low hum emitting out from the walls of the Barro house. As he grew, his love of music and the classics only got stronger and his taste developed with the years.

Once the high school days came to an end, Joey left the confines of Huntington Beach for Santa Barbara to attend college and quickly found some likeminded folks that loved music just as much as he did. Within a year, he and a few mates started a band called Budge that quickly garnered a dedicated following and eventually played larger venues and festivals in Los Angeles and beyond. Along with Joey, the core of that band also consisted of bassist Ben Donaldson and drummer Chris Good. In the time spent with Budge, Joey had been writing his own songs and soon he, Donaldson and Good left Budge and started their own band, The Antiques.

The Antiques took that rabid following and, to their surprise, extended it, creating a buzz that was much larger than the house party/local bar circuit of SB. People were coming from all around to see what all the noise was about. Following one such show, The Antiques were offered a deal to cut a full length album, which became their self-titled debut. Nothing much was done with the album, but it caught the attention of a number of labels.

The following year, they recorded Nicknames and Natives in San Francisco at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio. They brought in slide-guitarist Josh Hertz for the session and subsequent tour. The album garnered some praise from indie radio and press, but more importantly, caught the ears established musicians, particularly those of The Mother Hips front man, Tim Blume. They are currently recording two albums titled Season To Season Vols: I & II with Blume at his home studio to be released later in the year. It is truly a time of enlightenment and faucet of ideas for the band.

In that time, they have toured with scores of other great acts like Jana Hunter, Portland natives The Builders and the Butchers and of course, The Mother Hips. On the heels of the tour that spanned the long stretch of the west coast and beyond, The Antiques decided it was time to step back into the studio. By this time, the gents decided they wanted to add a new dynamic to the band to keep things fresh—and fresh they got. They masterfully pulled off the biggest heist of the year in the form of guitarist, Ryan Crego of Los Angeles group Whack Static.

With Crego firmly in hand, the boys set off for the wide-open country of Monroe, North Carolina to record their third album Cicadas with veteran uber-producer, Scott Solter, best known for his work with Mountain Goats and Okkervil River. The powerful result of those sessions saw not only a change in the musical structure of the band, but the need for an entirely different name. In North Carolina, the band opened a new wooden chest, and like an ancient portent, out fluttered the band’s new name The Traditionist.

With Joey’s seasoned songwriting, Ben’s thunderous bass lines, and Crego’s flamboyant and soaring guitar work, The Traditionist are set to take Cicadas and themselves to a new plateau. And don’t be surprised if you see more changes on the horizon, for this is the dawn of a new light, friends.


The Antiques (LP)
Acoustic EP (EP)
Nicknames and Natives (LP)
At the X (EP)
Hidden Gems to Get Involved In (LP - Rarities)
Cicadas (LP) (April 08)
Season to Season Recordings, Volume 1 (LP) (May 08)
Radio airplay for 4 tracks from Nicknames and Natives.
Streaming tracks available at

Set List

Set lists typically consist of mostly new songs with some classics strewn about. Sets are generally about 45 minutes to an hour long, but depend on the venue's allotted time. Have played 2+ hours at some gigs. Covers are sporadic, but include Rolling Stones "Torn and Frayed", The Beatles "I've Just Seen a Face", The Band "The Weight" and "I Shall Be Released".