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The Barry Brothers

Hume, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Hume, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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"I Scene It: The Barry Brothers, The Sadies, St. Phillip's Escalator"

Show openers, The Barry Brothers, rocked it southern-style despite its nearby roots. The band burned hot, Allman Brothers style, and gave it a rock 'n' roll giddy-up which had the-ever-swelling crowd hollering for more. It was big and swingin'. - Rochester City Magazine (Frank Deblase)

"Yawnin' in the Dawnin'- Barry Review"

NEW BAND TO WATCH! Barry is an up and coming folk rock band based out of New York. These guys know their way around an acoustic set and will be streaming through your ears in no time. If you like Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros then you should definitely read on. Here's their website and Facebook page.

Yawnin' in the Dawnin'- Barry isn't shy when it comes to the beginning of this EP. This intro has a southern gospel feel as the band vocalizes in a Barbershop Quartet (or in this case triplet?) style.
For Your Own Good- Rowdy harmonica and intense chords flow through the song with a fun and lively beat.Very catchy and very folk rock!
Carnival(e)- This edgy song has a dark and distinct sound. One of my favorites!
Three Years in Carolina- One of the more country songs. Not exactly one of my favorites on the EP.
Drink One More- This song started out a bit iffy, but then transcended into a fantastic song with majestic vocal arrangement.
Love Something Too Much- My first impression of this song is very country, but it ended up being very passionate and sweet.
Great Unknown- A nice and uplifting song that won't bring you down. An awesome way to end the EP. :)

My favorites were Carnival(e), Drink One More, and Great Unknown.
- Acoustic Gab

"Making "Friends": The Pizza Project Reviews Barry's Yawnin' in the Dawnin'"

So we got an e-mail the other day from a fellow named Bradford Barry. He said he was a member of a band named simply - in a move out of the Van Halen playbook - Barry. He had noticed some of the album review work we had done on The Pizza Project, and he wondered if we would be interested in reviewing the EP his band, a group of three brothers from Hume, New York, had put together.

Now the fact of the matter is I wanted to dismiss this request straight away. I am a busy man. If I have free time, I am either going to enjoy it by spending time with my wife and son, reading some fine prose by Joyce or Tolstoy, or working my cardiovascular system in an intense yet heart-healthy fashion (oh, who am I kidding; I would most likely be at the Wegman’s looking for a beer I haven’t tasted before). But then I noticed something. It turned out that Mr. Bradford Barry had done something very, very, very...savvy: He kissed my arse. Appealed to my ego. And I am pretty much a raging egomaniac.

So Mr. Barry, thank you for saying that I have my “finger on the pulse” of the music scene and that I have a “wonderful critical eye.” I, of course, agree with you wholeheartedly (even if this was a form letter that you sent out to every other blog under God's yellow sun). Now here is the review I have put together for your band’s new album, Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’.

Barry, a group consisting of three brothers playing primarily acoustic guitar, bass, and drums, performs in the genre of folk rock. This, quite frankly, is not a brand of music in which I would find myself traversing on a regular basis. Still, I was impressed by many aspects of the band’s repertoire. They showcase a willingness to experiment with kickass accoutrements like strings, brass, harmonica, and Hammond organ while displaying a promising ability to build satisfying compositions and instrumental passages.

The lead single off of the album is "Carnival(e)." It’s a rambunctious stomper with an addictive beat based on a thumping bass/drum attack. However, the clear highlight of the album is “For Your Own Good.” Rumbling in with a ferocious beat and a blasting harmonica, if played in a bar it would probably drive the patrons to a delight bordering on the orgasmic (although, I would hope not because Barry is just getting started and I don’t know if the people who operate the bar would charge them for clean-up services). Also affecting are the possibly Grateful Dead inspired “Three Years in Carolina,” (I say possibly because, for all I know, these guys think the Grateful Dead were a bunch of weeded-up arsemonkeys) which features another terrific organ/harmonica pairing and an acoustic pacing that truly drives the ditty, and “Great Unknown,” which soars on more organ (seriously, why don’t more bands use Hammond organ; it is like bacon in that it makes everything it touches better), some subtle horn work, and a wonderfully executed set of wordless vocals in the conclusion. This is the number one thing I took out of this album: these guys know how to put together an instrumental breakdown and a vocal harmony. Once they get some years under their belt, these guys might be able to put together some really spectacular tunes.

I would really like to have frosty beverages with these guys. I think that we would really get along, even if the bassist looks like the spitting image of Brian Wilson, the d0uchebag closer of baseball's San Francisco Giants, without the shoe polish and the Kubrickian psycho stare. I mean, I have an English bulldog; they have a French bulldog. They all have male genitalia. So do I! The fact that they are rocking seriously long hair and copious beards might drive a wedge between us, but, look, if it meant the opportunity to break bread with these guys and have them buy me an Ommegang or something, I would consider letting the five-day stubble grow into a full chin mane (I’m way too scared to get a tattoo though; they look like they hurt when they get them on The Jersey Shore). What are you on about, you ask? This is a music review, not a chance for you to make hirsute, farm-dwelling friends. I hear you. All I am saying is that when I do have those beers with Barry, I want them to respect me and I don’t think they would do that if I did not discuss some negatives. So I will do that, and, Barry, if you want to post this on your Facebook and get us some followers, just feel free to delete everything after “spectacular songs.” There is no pride of ownership here, Barry Bros.

Listening to the album, I felt several times that songs were a little longer than they needed to be. Case in point is “Great Unknown.” Like I said earlier, love the crescendo, love the organ, love the horns, don’t love the fact that I was kind of wondering why it was five minutes long. The lyrics could also use a bit of seasoning as well. Not only did they not engage my intellect at times (with “Drink One More” certainly standing out as an “only in a bar after five brews” listen), but the structure of the lyrics also started to veer toward the monotonous at points. Perfect example is “Carnival(e),” which had interesting sonics as I described, but was very predictable in its foundation to the point that, the first time I heard it, I wondered if it was a remake of the Gilligan’s Island theme music. The sequencing of Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ would also make me think twice. No way should a band this fun and capable of stringing together jubilant moments ever end their album with two mid-tempo joints, the aforementioned “Great Unknown” and "Love Something Too Much," which I should just go ahead and admit was the only track of the EP that I would qualify as an unbridled dud. Even the blissful strings and harmonies toward the end could not merit its inclusion on the iPod.

I thought a while about deleting that last paragraph: I would really like these guys to buy me a drink, invite me backstage, and allow me to experience the Hume, NY, groupie scene. Plus, they all look pretty burly and if they ever found out my true identity, I’m sure they could bandy me about a room with two hands tied behind each of their backs if they were so inclined. But my need to apply honesty and integrity aside, make no mistake about it: I like these Barry guys. They have serious musical chops. They rock the Hammond organ. They put together incredible sequences of folk-and-blues-based glory. They harmonize with each other like they have been doing it all their lives, which of course they have. And most importantly, they work in a genre with the word “folk” in it, and still managed to make a record that wouldn’t drive me to run the other way in absolute horror. Not only did I enjoy the listen overall, but I look forward to what they have in store for the future. So Bradford, good job, my man, and holla at ya boy if you are ever in the Philly area. - The Pizza Project

"The Barry Brothers - Yawnin' in the Dawnin'"

From the start of the short opening title track to The Barry Brothers debut EP Yawnin' in the Dawnin' you can tell these guys like to have a good time. There is a lightheartedness and fun element to the song that is hard to resist. "For Your Own Good" follows and gives an idea of what this band is made rock with strong folk and classic rock elements. I say "bar rock" in a very good way, as in the likes of The Hold Steady. It's the kind of music you hope to hear on any given night when you go to a bar because that means it's gonna be a good night. It's doesn't take long to realize there's no way you can attend their live show and not have a good time.

The Barry Brothers band consists of 3 brothers from Western New York, all with the last name Barry (like The Shitty Beetles, it's not just a clever name). Ben, who plays bass, and Pat, who handles the guitar/harmonica along with lead vocals, were previously in the alt-rock-country band NAVAR. The band split so they picked up Bradford, their drumming younger brother, earlier this year. While Pat's voice is the most featured all 3 brothers have a voice throughout the album, especially on "Drink One More." If you close your eyes while listening you'll find yourself at a bar full of people singing along with drinks in the air as the song closes out the night. Just better hope the bar isn't closed so we can all do one more shot of whiskey!
- Music for Nomes

"ALBUM REVIEW: Barry: Yawnin' in the Dawnin'"

Here's another one in the folk-rock genre! Yawnin' in the Dawnin' is a superb first release! This record is a very emotional record and it really shows that there are still bands out there who can put out music that you know that they really felt what they were writing. Songs like, "Three Years in Carolina," "Love Something Too Much," and, "Great Unknown," are really powerful tracks with sweet vocal harmonies and the instrumentation backing that up very well. I'd also like to note that there was harmonica on a few tracks which made me really like the band, and the added organs make this record even better. It really feels like a record that came from the south. Its no surprise that this was recorded in a converted barn. I've listened to this record a few times already in the day I've had it. It shows a bright future for the upcoming releases of this band!

You can buy this record on iTunes!

P.S. Thanks to Sean Schrader and Ben Barry at 100% Records for sending me this album for review! - Rock N' Roll Explosion

"Barry: Yawnin' In The Dawnin' EP"

With juggernauts of folk rock music, Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket having released albums this year, you’d be tempted to be contempt and listen to those bands for the rest of the year. Don’t put on your headphones just yet because there is one more folk rock band you should check out: Barry. Having never heard of them until a few days ago, I was weary of listening to the band, but they’ve proven to be a hidden gem in the music world for 2011.

Barry is a family band composed of three brothers from New York: Patrick Barry (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica & Keys), Benjamin Barry (Bass, Vocals), and Bradford Barry (Drums & Vocals). They are new to the folk rock scene, having been formed this year. Their debut EP, Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ was released on May 19th this year under the record label 100% Records. They may lack in size and experience, but it isn’t obvious when you listen to their songs.

The band tackles a myriad of themes over the course of this seven track album. The EP starts off with the title track “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’”, a short acapella track that introduces the voices and mood that the EP exhibits. It is just a fun little track. “Three Years in Carolina” is all about love, heartbreak, and just moving on from past relationships. Life’s journey is brought up in the track “Drink One More”. The three brothers take turns and share what has happened in each of their lives. Other tracks like “For Your OwnGood” and “Love Something Too Mauch” deal with morals that people have to learn in life. All these themes are ones that are covered in other folk songs, but the way Barry presents them is what separates them from other bands.

This is a debut EP after all, so there are a few areas where the band could improve on. One area is “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’”. It is so well done that it ends by the time it starts. The biggest area that the band could improve on is the variation of sound. Some of the tracks sound too similar. The two tracks that stand out in terms of sound is “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’” and “Carnival(e)”. The other tracks sound solid, just similar. These are just bumps the will get smoothed out over time, nothing too terrible.

The EP emulates most if not all of the qualities of folk rock. Acoustic guitars, harmonicas, layered vocals, keys, and lyrics all stew together to form a unique folk rock experience. The lyrics are one of the standout features of the EP. It is obvious that there is heart and meaning behind the lyrics in the songs. Many would argue that lyrics are what make or break a song, and Barry does not disappoint with the words they sing. The one track is a prime example of the lyricism is the final track “Great Unknown”. It is the climax for the album, and leaves the listener one a high note wanting to come back for more.

Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ clocks in at about thirty minutes, so it’s a rather long EP. Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ is a great start for this trio that has shown they know what they are doing. They have a lot of potential in the genre. If you’re even little interested in folk rock, Barry is a great place to start and the revisit time and again. 8/10.

To check out Barry and all they have to offer, head over to their website: Check out their videos on You Tube. - The Extra Life: Movies, Music, Sports, Video Games

"Barry (A band for your enjoyment and thanks for the follow)"

Barry is a Folk Rock band from Hume, New York. They have a sound that tells me what folk music should sound like in our times. It helps to restore the true American edge that harks back to the Woody Guthrie days and before. Barry is a great American band looking for some good people to appreciate all they do. They have built a good following on their Facebook page (, which I suggest you check out. These three brothers are great musicians and great songwriters all in one package. The play the songs that will instantly become part of you mental stack that you can always go back to, and they still sound as good as the first time.

Songs I like are "Three Years in Carolina" and "Drink One More". Check them out at their website: - Charity: not a charity case A blog dedicated to finding better ways for charity to be sustainable.

"In The Spotlight: #015 Barry"

Hailing from Hume, New York are a band whom I love. Bary, formed in 2011, is made up of three brothers: Patrick Barry (Guitar/Harmonica), Benjamin Barry (Bass), and Bradford Barry (drums). The style of the music that they sing is Folk Rock and they formed in the wake of Patrick and Benjamin’s former alt-rock band, Navar.

On 19th May 2011 the band release debut EP Yawnin’ In The Dawnin’ on 100% Records. This EP is rather impressive and is a fantastic slice of Folk Rock music. At only 7 tracks long this EP is very short but it leaves you with the desire to hear more. Barry shows you that you can get fantastic unsigned bands outside of the UK. When they branch out into other countries I will be there.

The EP’s titled track Yawnin’ In The Dawnin’ opens this up. This song is extremely short being just under 50 seconds long. It is completely acapella and it felt like a chant. Still the vocals were fantastic. For Your Own Good followed on and I really liked this fast paced song. I really liked the use of harmonica during this track. Carnival (e) was up next and this track is rather upbeat. It actually has a fantastic video which was primarily filmed using cell phones and Ipod video cameras. This song actually has a carnival feel to it. Three Years In Carolina has some excellent harmoning and the vocals are sublime. Out of the first three songs this is the most poppy. Again the harmonica is used. Drink One More is the next song to feature on this EP. This song again showcases the brothers fantastic vocal harmonising skills. You can actually picture a story to this song. The penultimate song being Love Something Too Much. Again this Folk Rock song tells the story of a Father/ Daughter growing up then growing apart. Ending this wonderful debut EP is the song Great Unknown. The vocals are sublime and this was such a strong finish for such a amazing EP. In the background you can also hear the organ being played.


Yawnin’ In The Dawnin’
For Your Own Good
Carnival (e)
Three Years In Carolina
Drink One More
Love Something Too Much
Great Unknown - PLANET MUSIC REVIEWS - First In Line, All The Time

"Barry – Yawnin’ In The Dawnin’ EP (Bonus Review!!)"

Barry – Yawnin’ In The Dawnin EP

May 29th, 2011


Folk Rock, Folk Pop



Yawnin’ In Dawnin’
For Your Own Good
Three Years In Carolina
Drink One More
Love Something Too Much
Great Unknown

Before Thoughts – I listened to the song Carnival(e) and really enjoyed it. I don’t know much about the band other than they formed this year in New York.


Dan’s Review:

“For Your Own Good“

The album opens with the intro track “Yawnin’ In the Dawnin’”. Its an almost acapella song about not getting enough sleep. It sounds just like a old worker’s tune. “For Your Own Good” is a sweet, melodic, folk pop song. It contains elements of Bob Dylan harmonica and Neil Young vocals. It’s a rocking track with a chorus you can sing with. The breakdown is exactly what the song needed. Terrific song. The song is also a perfect length.

“Carnival(e)” is great. A stomping rhythm, a strummed guitar and a slow bass build the song up for the fast chorus. It’s got a powerful sound. The chorus doesn’t disappoint in the fact that it has this singing quality. Don’t look much further for a big folk rock song. This is an awesome track. “Three Years In Carolina” is slower, but not a ballad. It is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd. It has a warm sounding harmonica solo that really sells the song to me. A perfectly good song.

“Drink One More” is fifth. It’s a hair from being a ballad and a march. There is one lyric that really stood out to me. “that year we lost the walrus”. I don’t really know, but that just is really simple, and really awesome. This song is just really somber, really sad. I like that. This song is definitely solid.

“Love Something Too Much” is a song that doesn’t impress me all that much. It doesn’t have that wow factor like the first couple of songs. Sorry, this one isn’t doing it for me. “Great Unknown” is another Skynyrd-style ballad. The audio of this song doesn’t actually sound that good. The song is fine. I can see everyone swaying to it at the concert. I can see the lighters. This song is pretty epic.


Best Song – “For Your Own Good”,

This song and Carnival(e) are both pretty well made. They have great chorus lines, great verses, the instruments are all great. Overall a spectacular tune.

Worst Song – “Love Something Too Much”

I can’t dig this track because it’s not popping out at me. It’s not doing anything for me. It’s not making me think, not making me feel.

4 out of 5


Barry has a great sound. They really went all out with these songs and really impressed me for some guys who built their studio in a barn. The EP sounds pretty good audio-wise. They should continue what they’re doing.

Learn More: - The Sonic Alligator

"Barry Brothers: Easy to fall in love with"

I have never heard of the Barry Brothers Band until a couple days ago. No, I think I may have just fallen in love with their music.

A couple days ago, I was sorting through the hate comments I was receiving for my rather brutal review of O.A.R.’s most recent effort “King” when I stumbled upon a comment that grabbed my attention.

The comment asked me to check out the latest EP of this new band called the Barry Brothers, and being the sucker I am for new music, I had to give it a listen.

I can tell you right now that “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’” did not disappoint.

“Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’” was released on May 19, 2011 and is the debut EP for the Barry Brothers. From their press release:

Barry is a folk rock band from Hume, New York. The band, formed in 2011, is made up of three brothers: Patrick Barry (Guitar/Harmonica), Benjamin Barry (Bass), and Bradford Barry (drums). Barry formed in the wake of Patrick and Benjamin’s former alt-rock band, Navar and combines outlaw country, pop melodies, bluesy folk, old- timey vocal harmonies, and rock and roll. The band released its debut EP Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ on May 19th, 2011.

After the first listen, I can totally see how a review for an O.A.R. album drew them to my site. A couple of the songs sound as if Marc Roberg himself decided to try his hand in folk, something I would have no problem seeing O.A.R. experiment with in the future.

The album opens with a vocal short named after the EP’s title. It’s a very catchy little song and its length allows it to pack a nice punch.

But the other six songs on the EP will not sell you short as each track tops the four-minute mark with three eclipsing five. By doing this, the Barry Brothers throw in a lot of instrumentation, allowing you to get lost in the music. “Three Years in Carolina” is a perfect example of this.

Throughout the EP, you can hear a handful of genres. From backroad blues (G. Love’s latest effort “Fixin’ to Die” comes to mind), to folk (a little Fleet Foxes texture can’t hurt) to the pop and hard rock (O.A.R.’s sound from the past six years) is laced throughout the album’s seven tracks.

Two tracks on the back end of the EP, “Drink One More” and “Great Unknown” may be the two best tracks on this album.”Drink One More” is a straight-up drinking song, a necessity on any album for me. “Great Unknown” sends the seven-track EP off in fitting fashion, “I still care/I’ll walk with you through the great unknown/Don’t be scared. Be confident/We’re safe and sound.”

I will gladly walk with this band. I am fully behind their music, which breaths fresh air into the music industry today. A part of my interest in Indie and Folk is because bands like the Barry Brothers go out and create good music, not because they want to make a quick buck, but because they want to share something special with the world.

You can easily be a part of their experience by liking them on Facebook as well as check out their website for news and ways to obtain the EP.

Thank you Benjamin Barry for taking the time to email me with the EP as well as information on the album. I wish you and your two brothers well in your pursuit of creating something special. “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’” is an excellent start.

Here’s a YouTube video that was attached in the email. - The "40 for Lent" Project

"Folk rockers from New York make a solid debut"

CD review - Barry, Yawnin' In the Dawnin' (2011)
Folk rockers from New York make a solid debut

Barry is genuine. Barry is sincere and not afraid to be a little cornball. Barry is a folk rock band made up of three brothers. I've sat in with my brother's band and it sounded great. But it's hard to imagine adding a third brother and making a band work. Pat (guitar/harmonica), Ben (bass), and Brad (drums) Barry may secretly fight at home or even onstage, but on Yawnin' In the Dawnin', they smoothly mesh together to create a solid sound with some interesting songs.

Against a sea of low-fi, indie releases, it's refreshing to hear such a well made album. The arrangements and the engineering are top notch. The mixing is particularly fine: the vocals are always clear and the individual instruments stand out. Album production values are rarely worth mentioning: if the band isn't deliberately making an unaesthetic statement, most self-produced albums are merely competently engineered. Yawnin' In the Dawnin' sounds professionally produced.

Musically, Barry offers up a nice palette of sounds across the EP. Three Years in Carolina lays down a simple vibe that hearkens back to folk rock acts of the early '70s. With brothers singing, it's no surprise that the harmonies are sweet. But the two part (and occasional three part) vocals are smoothly arranged. The musical flow is effortless: a chorus slides right into a harmonica solo that hits a perfect up and down dynamic. Then that sets up a slower verse and chorus. The breaks and deceptively simple feel recall the Band's classic songs.

In stark contrast, Carnival(E) has a darker feel. The bass and cut-time beat hint at the carny sound without taking it as far as Tom Waits would. That leaves room for the rocker chorus, which sounds great against the verses. I love this track, but there was a weakness because the chorus and verses don't really tie together lyrically. The carnival theme in the verses:
Welcome to the carnival
the strong man lifts his weight while on a wire
And he breathes fire
Marvel at the acrobat, lion tamers, jugglers and a psychic
Come one, come all to see the show
seems too loosely related to the chorus:
Maybe I'm the fallen man,
The bearded, tattooed long-haired rambler
I'm a nomad
Maybe I'm the chosen Son
The one who walks alone and offers salvation
Maybe I'm no one
The music and the vocal expression gloss over the disconnect, but it still tweaks me a bit.

The other tracks are closer to Three Years in Carolina without rehashing the same musical ground, from the outlaw country of Love Something Too Much to the barroom autobiographical Drink One More. The songs are catchy and fresh. The band's attitude is also fresh and earnest, reflecting well on the name of their personal record label, 100% Records.

The only misstep is the goofy title track. Yawnin' In the Dawnin' is a brief a capella ditty somewhere between old time sing-along and barbershop. The press release explains that it's a morning wake up song their father would sing. That answers the question of why it's there, but it's still an acquired taste.

Give Barry a listen or drop by their Facebook page. I'll be interested to hear more of their music in the future. - Jester Jay Music

"The True Barry"

Never underestimate the power of music and brotherhood. The Barry brothers are proof of this sentiment. The band, Barry, was founded in 2011 by three brothers, who, despite having other commitments – like families, jobs and school – gathered in their self-made studio in Western, New York, and cut a fresh folk-rock album that oozes with such a cornucopia of sounds that I’m not sure how to label the music. The best I can do is alternative-inspired folk churned with harmony and a pleasant hint of country. I believe this description is suitable, but this is music you just want to lose yourself in. You can make your own judgment after experiencing their debut EP Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ which was released on May 19. You can take a listen to some tracks below.

The Barry brothers are from Hume, New York. Just for some perspective, Manhattan is close to six hours away from Hume. New York. That is how far west they are. And I do think their location has an influence on their sound. It is agrestic, taking on the feel of rich farmland and open skies. Music like this cannot be created in a big city. This natural, old-time folk needs to bake in a town where the cacophony of screaming taxis and rumbling subways is not pervasive, and where when night falls true dark blankets the town.

The band is made up of Patrick Barry (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica & Keys), Benjamin Barry (Bass, Vocals) and Bradford Barry (Drums, Vocals) and their musical maturity is on display throughout their first EP.

If I had to pick a favorite song it would be “Carnival(e).” The song combines two awesome elements. The verses are odd, but they match the carnival lyric well. The music moves up and down like a bouncing ball. The chorus strikes and the rhythm of the verse is replaced by a fast-paced rhythm and vocal harmony. This transition is skilled and much respected. “Three Years in Carolina,” another exciting song, displays Barry’s country influences. The chorus emits a southern effervescence and the well-placed harmonica helps carry the five-minute Carolina ode. - The Music Court

"Barry – ‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’’ Review"

‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’’
Folk Rock / Rock
By C.W. Ross

To give you a little background on the group Barry they’re a folk rock group from Hume, N.Y. made up of brothers: Patrick (vocals, guitar, harmonica & keys), Benjamin (bass, vocals), and Bradford (drums, vocals) Barry.

Brother’s Benjamin and Patrick were in the regionally successful alt. rock band NAVAR that released 4 albums, before forming Barry in 2011. The brothers also built their own studio in a barn in Western NY and run their own record label, 100% Records.

Barry brother Bradford recently contacted me about reviewing their debut 7-song EP with the unusual title, ‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin.” Things start off on it very folk like in style with the a cappella title track that deals with the morning after a rough night and showcases the bands 3-part harmonies.

After that opening track though the bands starts to spread their musical wings going in several different directions including, pop and rock.

Track-2, “For Your Own Good,” is an up tempo alt. meets folk rock track featuring nice harmonica work and even features a few punk like- ‘hey, hey’ shouts on it.

“Carnival(e),” offers up an interesting arrangement that has a brooding vibe found on it. It’s followed by the lost love track, “Three Years in Carolina,” that offers up some more nice harmonica playing.

Next up is, “Drink One More,” a straight up story song about the brothers that once again showcases their crisp vocal harmonies.

Track-6, “Love Something Too Much,” is a poignant, Jim Croce like, folk rock song about a daughter and father and growing up and apart.

The track, “Great Unknown,” brings things to a strong finish with its modern rock sound that includes a background organ part that frames the song out perfectly.

Do yourself a big favor and get Barry’s, ‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’’ EP because it offers up some really good music. - Music Blog - Covering Indie Music

"Music Review: Barry, "Yawnin' in the Dawnin'""

Hello again, folks. As I'm sure all of you know by now, I'm a huge music fan, especially music from unique, smaller bands. Today I'll be reviewing a folk rock band, Barry, comprised of three brothers from New York. Ben Barry is an English teacher (my future career), Pat and Ben are both former Marines, and Bradford is in school, but together they are following their musical dream. Major respect there. So, are you ready to rock and roll (or rock and folk, I don't know)? Good, let's get started.

Song by Song Review
Their EP starts out with the short song "Yawnin' in the Dawnin'", and at first I was skeptical. And then the foot stomping kicked in and I found myself tapping my feet along to the beat.
"For Your Own Good" starts out with a harmonica solo that is included throughout the song, and makes this rock song feel more bluesy. I love the voice of the singer (although I'm not completely sure which one is singing the most), and the harmonies with all three of them add to the folksy feel of their music. Easily my favorite off of the EP, this song skillfully balances folk and rock.
"Carnival(e)" has a darker feel with the fantastical lyrics and soft, low voice of the singer. This is another great example of how Barry can combine the folk and rock genres into one song. Not to mention the soft pounding of the bass drum makes this song very catchy.
"Three Years in Carolina" also features the excellent vocal harmonies of the brothers. The lyrics to this song feel very country and folksy, but the beat adds to the rock aspect of the band. As the song comes closer to the end, all we hear is the guitar and the singer, and that is truly a beautiful moment, and then it picks back up again (as all good songs do).
"Drink One More" comes up next, and it starts a little slow. I really like how the brothers switch off with the singing, and then harmonize in the choruses; it makes their songs much more interesting to listen to. The almost church choir-like harmonizing of their voices closer to the end of this song is haunting, I love it (I listened to it again after the song ended).
"Love Something Too Much" is another great example of the country-esque lyrics, but the folk rock feel makes the song less "hick-y" than if it were just another country song. One line from the song really got me, "She sang the saddest songs on the radio." The lyrics in this song are great, and I greatly admire when musicians write their own music, it adds to credibility and talent.
Last but not least, "Great Unknown" wraps up this EP. This song is one of those rock ballads that I could almost see being tied into a scene in a movie. I think this is another great song that epitomizes their balance of folk rock sound with emotional, almost country-style lyrics.

As I usually do with anything, Overall Grade of EP: B+
This was a great debut EP, and I can't wait to see what Barry has coming next. Their sound is unique and interesting, which makes them a great listen and I would (and will) suggest them to friends. They will appeal to many people because of how they combine rock music with country-style lyrics, which can be a hard thing to do. Overall, this was very good. My only problem is that sometimes it's hard to hear what they're saying over the loud music (specifically in "Great Unknown"), and their lyrics are truly great that deserve to be clearly heard. I can see Barry making it pretty big, and I really hope they do!

Here's more stuff about Barry for you music fans out there. A video, and a link to their website, and a message: PLEASE buy their music on iTunes. If you like this band (which I'm sure you do), please buy their music instead of downloading it elsewhere. They deserve the money and publicity for their music. - Goat in a Kitchen: My Thoughts on Everything

"FEATURED SONG: Barry – “Carnival(e)”"

Here’s a song for the nomad in all of us, courtesy of Hume, New York’s Barry. The band recently released its debut album, Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’, which I may still review down the road. But this video shows firsthand a folk-rock band worthy of further exploration; “Carnival(e)” is one of those tracks which will stick in your head far longer than you spent listening to it.

And the music’s being made in the true DIY aesthetic, by a band led by Ben Barry, who also happens to handle press for the band’s record label, 100% Records. They’re building a name for themselves the right way, by getting out there and touring the music, letting fans decide what rocks. And trust me, readers, this band’s got music which rocks. You may know next to nothing about them when you first listen, but by God you’ll want to call yourself a fan by the time you’re done! - Hear, Hear

"World, meet Barry."

World, meet Barry.
Music. It is hard to put into words what music means to me. Growing up around my dad's extensive record collections, has given me a respect for music that I probably wouldn't have ever had. Music is powerful. Listening to a special song can take you right back to that memory, and make you feel exactly the same way all over again. Music understands you on happy days and sad, and always has a song to fit your mood. Music is many things, but to me, music is monumental.

Don't get me wrong, I sing my heart out to Britney Spears on the radio from time to time. But my true loves are those other artists, who pour their heart and soul into their words. The artists that sing for a reason, and the reason isn't to be on the next cover of People Magazine. No matter how talented you are, if you have no passion for your craft, it will come through in your sound. And no band has more passion and love for what they are doing than Barry. Have a listen, and see for yourself...

I was lucky enough to meet Patrick Barry, one third of the band's trio, through my brother. Patrick and Shea have been friends for some time. In fact, Patrick sang Shea and Sarah's song, "Better Together", for the first dance of their wedding. Not only is Patrick exceedingly talented on the guitar, and has one heck of a voice, but he is a genuinely good person as well. He even charmed the heck out of my grandparents, which is saying a lot, because I am pretty sure men with full beards and hair halfway down their backs isn't Mimi and Papa's usual cup of tea.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Patrick for the past couple years, and was thrilled to know that he was joining his two brothers, and starting a band named Barry. In their studio that they built themselves out of a barn in Western New York, they produce a unique folk rock sound that is unlike any other. But what I can see and hear more than anything else, is that music is something that is deep within each of them. This isn't a side hobby that they do to earn a few bucks, it is their life's work because they truly love what they do.

Their new album is entitled Yawnin' in the Dawnin', and was released this last May. I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask these boys a few questions about their biggest passion, and their new collaborations with each other. I've got to say, they are pretty witty guys, who sure do know a thing or two about music. Nothing is more attractive than a funny guy, who can write songs about you...right girls?

What made you want to be a musician?
Ben: Life was bad. I was in an awful marriage and my kids were looking at me like I was a zombie. Music starts as an escape. We’re lovers of music, like most people, but we’re addicted to the creation process and the emotional and physical experience of live performance. It’s our Zoloft.

Brad: growing up with my brothers- Pat, Ben, and Navar. I could never see myself doing anything else. My only other aspiration was when I was four or five I had a dream of one day becoming a firehouse dog.

Pat: This probably seems like a joke, but Rivers Cuomo and Stephan Jenkins. I grew up on Motown, oldies and then hip hop...but it wasn’t until my first rock show that I saw Weezer and met Rivers during the Pinkterton tour in Rochester in 97 that I fell in love with live music and alt rock. Motorcycle Driveby still remains one of my favorite songs of all time, and the first time I saw Jenkins perform it live that same year, I realized the connection that music can have with the writer, performer and listener. I went home, learned that song on guitar and realized that it was just something that I had to do.

How would you describe Barry’s sound?
Ben: Stripped down and raw Americana

Brad: Folk/Americana meets it's Rock Cousin

Pat: A few brothers trying to stay in tune and keep a beat...on the verge of a fist fight.

What inspired the music in Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’?
Ben: The way we live, it’s an honest output of what we believe in and care about, and our interaction with the world. It’s been good to us and it’s been hard on us. We’re regular ol’ hard working Americans, and these are our experiences; these are our songs.

Brad: spontaneity, intuition, sweat, pressure, life.

Pat: The levee breaking. Life was just too fast and seemingly exciting for me over the past 5 years that I just lost confidence in having something to say. Cutting out the excuses and the things we can’t control left us in a room to explore what we actually liked. Ben and I were in a band that worked hard to live up to a perception we built and I was just sick of that. We locked ourselves in the barn this past winter, tried to stay warm and didn’t stop until we got the songs together.

What artists inspire you?
Ben: Anybody who is able to work simply and produce huge works, whether they’re emotional or celebratory—if they have something to say, as long as it’s not full of pretense, we gladly listen.

Brad: When I can feel that there is something more than a couple chords and some rhythm, I am inspired. It's that feeling that isn't really there, our ability to take other peoples experiences and emotions and welcome them as our own. That is what inspires me to join in and give others the escape that I've been running to my whole life.

Pat: Whoever can raise the hair on my arms and make me shutter to the verge of tears. It happens all the time, and it’s always from an honest performer who shares themselves beyond the point of complete vulnerability. That, ironically, takes a huge scoop of courage and confidence.

What is your favorite song of the moment?
Ben: Love Something Too Much is my fav by Barry and Tumbleweed Stew by Slaid Cleeves

Brad: Suburban War - Arcade Fire. I'm at that point in my life..

Pat: Solitary Man - Neil Diamond

When did you start playing music?
Ben: MS and HS band, guitar in college

Brad: Sometime in high school

Pat: I am told that I started singing as early as 3 years old. I got a guitar as a high school graduation present and the harmonica a few months ago.

What's the best live show you've ever seen?
Ben: Arcade Fire @ Bonnaroo, Rolling Stones @ Rich Stadium in Buffalo, Public Enemy, Blood Brothers
Brad: It was a combo - My Morning Jacket who I had just started listening to, and Arcade Fire @ Bonnaroo. They absolutely killed it!
Pat: Rolling Stones @ Rich Stadium. 60k people for one band. My older brother took me and bought me a beer. I was forever changed.

Which musicians do you identify with the most?
Ben: Tom Petty, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Tom Waits

Brad: The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Neil Young

Pat: I probably identify the most with the thousands of other musicians out there trying to find a balance between art, practice, historical appreciation, marketing, business, acceptance and a day job. It’s tough to prioritize without screwing up what makes what you do actually matter to someone other than your Mother.

What artist do you think you'd like to hang with?
Ben: Jack White, Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, Levon Helms, Rivers Cuomo

Brad: Ray Lamontagne

Pat: Glen Hansard

How does music affect your daily life?
Ben: It’s a nagging bitch wife who gives me great sex after I dig a hole in the yard for the new septic.

Brad: It's the cramp I wake up with every morning and the love I go to bed with every night.

Pat: Each glance, interaction and experience is an opportunity to capture and share. Creating art makes you aware of that fact, regardless of whether you do anything with it. Music makes me cherish the days that I do...and loathe myself for the days I don’t.

If you guys have any other questions about Barry, you can visit their Facebook and Website. Check them out, they are definitely worth the trip!

I feel a little bit like William Miller in Almost Famous, interviewing my first band. You know, without the whole touring the U.S. thing. Who knows, maybe Barry will take me with on their next World Tour? What do you say guys? Hint. Hint. - All Kinds of Complicated (BLOG)

"Hope Is Alive"

As with everyone who shares a deep love and appreciation for music, there comes along every now and again an artist or band that stands out and through the power that their music has on our psyche, becomes our favorite. I will admit that in my younger years I changed favorite musicians every few years. But my tastes became more refined (or perhaps as the quality of popular music declined steeply) I found those favorites to be very few and far between. For some time, the only bands I listened to were a select few, obscure foreign artists of whom only a handful of fans in this country have ever heard. With the recent resurgence of passion for great music and competent songwriting (a la Mumford & Sons), there seems to be some hope for Western music.
Enter Barry.
On a rainy weekend afternoon with nothing else to do, I started searching music on Facebook. Somewhere in the midst of the bleariness of my boredom, I found myself staring at three guys who look for all the world like they should be farming potatoes…but were apparently more savvy in the musical arts. It was two or three days until the release of their debut EP on iTunes, so I took a listen to a sample clip of a song or two. I was immediately impressed with the crisp, professional-sounding audio production and masterful mixing. Intrigued, I “added” the band and each of its three members- brothers Patrick, Benjamin, and Bradford Barry. I kept an eye on their Facebook page until the EP release, and bought it right away.
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages… there is hope for the future of American rock music. Barry is the genuine article. Their sheer love for playing and crafting songs is displayed in every track; hearts and souls shining in every line they sing, every chord they play. Their greatest gift, though, is in the way their music sweeps you up, heart and mind, and immerses you in who they are. Listening to tracks like “Drink One More”, “Three Years in Carolina”, and “Great Unknown” are sure to stir memories in anyone bearing any depth of character. Every song here has a story behind it, genuine as the dawn of a new day. This is a band with a definite future, one absolutely worth keeping a very close ear and eye on. - iTunes

"New Band Alert!"

Cool new band alert!! check out this track called Drink One More, from new indie folk band Barry. the band is three brothers whose last name is Barry, hence the name of the band. this is my kinda song. you gotta listen to the lyrics, but each verse is a mini bio of each brother. check out their website for music, info and videos: - 2468 Music

"Check it out - BARRY"

Thank god for Robert Plant.

Alex and I happened to run into a great group of guys. It was some very nice company for the Robert Plant show. And I have to say... they were the most interesting and fun people we met down at Bonnaroo. Within this great group of guys were three brothers that we learned were in a band together called Barry, also their last name.

Alex and I were given their demo and made them a promise we'd take a listen. It just so happened that on the car ride home we put it on and ended up listening to it on repeat for a good portion of the trip. They really were some great tracks and we just couldn't help ourselves.

I was told that the band began in January 2011 as the two older brothers former bands were falling apart and the youngest brother wanted to make the band part of his project in school. It was most definitely a brilliant idea.

As for their genre, "Folk Rock n' Roll" as state on their facebook. The demo began with a fun childhood memory, a morning wake up song that their father sang to them as children. It continues on with a track towards the middle called "Drink One More" that features each brother's voice and story, which you'll have to take a listen to know what I'm talking about. I don't want to say much more and spoil the fun of your first listen.

The long haired brothers with their smooth voices and creative tunes were a refreshing new find to my music collection. I highly encourage a gander at these guys. And if you are from NYC or plan to travel there... they play at Kenny's Castaways July 21st, so check it out and send them some love.

GO GO GO! - Eat Peas (Blog)


Hume Sweet Hume (3/17/2014)

Yawnin' in the Dawnin' EP (5/19/2011)



The Barry Brothers are a blues-folk-roots rock band from Hume, New York. The band, formed in 2011, is made up of three brothers: Patrick Barry (Guitar/Harmonica), Benjamin Barry (Bass), and Bradford Barry (drums). Formed in the wake of Patrick and Benjamin’s former alt-rock band, Navar and combines outlaw country, storytelling lyrics, pop melodies, big stadium riffs, soaring solos, bluesy folk, old-timey vocal harmonies, and rock and roll. The band released its debut EP Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ on May 19th, 2011 and then followed it up with their latest release "Hume Sweet Hume" on March 12, 2014.

• All 3 members are brothers
• Older brother’s Ben and Pat were in regionally successful band NAVAR and released 4 albums
• All 3 brothers have the same tattoo on their left forearm that is a stone rose that
was on their late grandfather’s license plate for his Cadillac
• The Barry brothers built their own studio in a barn in remote Western NY where they run their own record label, 100% Records.
• Both Ben and Pat are former US Marines
• Ben has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, VT
• Ben is a high school English teacher and Varsity Wrestling coach at
Independence HS in Charlotte NC
• Bradford got his college degree from the audio engineering school at FLCC in
Canandaigua, NY
• Pat is a former of VP of Marketing at a NYC advertising agency
• Currently #14 on the national folk charts and #27 on the global folk charts at
• Over 59k Facebook "likes" since the band started in the Spring of 2011

Band Members