Tim Barry

"Church Of Level Track"

From the album: LAUREL ST. DEMO 2005 & LIVE FROM MUNFORD ELEMENTARY

This is a personal one for us at Sing Out Loud. We had the honor of Tim Barry coming through town and playing our Backyard Stage at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre. It was a gorgeous Sunday...great weather, great music, and there was even an oyster roast to top it all off.

Tim has always been a massive influence on me. I followed his old band, AVAIL around the South seeing them live as much as humanly possible. To this day, no one has raised the hair on my neck more than seeing a live AVAIL show. Alas! This is not a worship piece on Tim's old band. What I'm getting at is that Tim still raises the hair on my neck with nothing more than a guitar and his voice. He commands the stage even more so than he used to. That is rare.

"Church Of Level Track" is a song about riding trains from VA to FL. It's his story, and it's a good one. Read the lyrics for the last half of the song:

AND I SAT AND I THOUGHT
ALL THAT AIN’T RIGHT IS OVER FOR AT LEAST TONIGHT
AND IF I DIE TRYING NOW I WON’T DIE WONDERING
HOW LIFE COULD HAVE TURNED OUT
DOWN IN JACKSONVILLE THE TRAIN BROKE UP
MY LEGS WERE STIFF I THOUGHT I’D WALK IT OFF
MY FRIEND FACED WEST AND MENTIONED PENSACOLA
I DID THE TRUCK STOP DEAL AND PREYED ON FOUR WHEELS
SAT ON MY BAG AND HEARD A J-BREAK SCREAM
I SAW MY FACE IN A WINDOW AND I THOUGHT I KNOW HIM
AND I SAT AND I THOUGHT
ALTHOUGH IT AIN’T RIGHT I’M NOT HEADING HOME TONIGHT
AND IF I DIE THINKING RIGHT HERE, I WON’T DIE WONDERING
HOW LIFE COULD HAVE TURNED OUT

You can see the scene in your head. You can hear the j break scream. It's just as much literature as it is song. Tim is a lifer, and it was our absolute honor to have him do a Sing Out Loud. - Andrew Seward

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