The Enablers
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The Enablers


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Come Back Soon (second album)
1. Lyla
2. Lover
3. Long Drive Home
4. Tell Her
5. Come Back Soon
6. Something Wrong in Texas
7. Back On The Meds
8. Hard Travelin'
9. That Song
10. Can't Be Long

The First Seven Songs (first album)
1. What I Believe
2. Killing Time
3. That House
4. Heavenly Door
5. Out of Time
6. I'm All Yours, You're Half Mine
7. Cajun Girl


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“The Enablers songs are evocative ballads on love, regret, sadness and loss, balanced by a wry sense of humor and understated, literate writing.” says songwriter and musician Peter Himmelman. “There’s not a falsely sung vocal, or an ill-wrought lyric.”

Barbara Hall, founder, lead singer and songwriter for The Enablers, an alt-country-rock band, likes to write about big themes. Love, God, Family, Creation; both in the television shows she created; “Joan of Arcadia” & 'Judging Amy', and in her music.

“I learned this in catechism: We’re made in God’s image in that we too can create, not just procreate. That’s why I’m so moved and overwhelmed by art…there’s no evolutionary need for a Robert Johnson song.”

Music was her first love. Growing up in Chatham, Virginia, “I started playing guitar in high school and I was just obsessed with music. And that was all I cared about in high school. I hung out with guys to talk about music and stereos.”

The Enablers have released two CDs: “The First Seven Songs” started the Enablers off on a bluegrass/roots tack, but quickly led to “Come Home Soon” a straight-up rock record. The band is recording the third album now, due in April 2005.

“I liked all kinds of music, but really what I liked was very serious rock music. In high school I was obsessed with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. I even liked more obscure stuff, like Mountain and Robin Trower. I just like really loud guitars and still do. Really loud drums, really loud guitars, and I was a happy girl.”

After a stint in college as a rock critic, Barbara focused on writing, publishing seven novels and writing for many television shows including “Moonlighting” and “Northern Exposure” before co-creating “Judging Amy”, (a show on which she serves as consulting producer) and then “Joan of Arcadia”. This success did not deter her from her original passion for music and in 2003, the first year of “Joan” she formed The Enablers.

“I’ve always regarded this world as one big sandbox, and there are a lot of toys in it, and why not play with all of them?”

The Enablers have performed at The Boulder Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Temple Bar in Santa Monica, House of Blues on Sunset in Hollywood, Universal City Hard Rock Café, The Gig in Hollywood, and the Westwood Brewing Company.

Barbara Hall(vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Burlingame (guitar), Albie Dunbar (bass), Dan Potruch (drums), Kathrin Shorr (background vocals)