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Best known for his work with the hardcore band Avail, Tim Barry is a singer and guitarist who also performs as a solo punk-folk musician. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Barry has released a number of studio albums as well as a couple of DVDs, which feature him as a live performer. The musician has been taking to the stage as a folk singer since 2004 and has toured all over North America, as well as many dates further afield.
Tim Barry's early career and work with Avail
Formed in 1988, it was not until 1990 that Barry joined the critically acclaimed hardcore punk band Avail. In the first couple of years, there were many lineup changes, until Barry was recruited as the main vocalist. Joe Banks, the band's guitarist, asked Barry to join, having seen him perform with LDK, another punk outfit in the area. Between 1992 and 2002, Avail produced no less than six studio albums, plus a few live LPs, including Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, released in 1998. Dixie, the band's second studio album, which came out in 1994, was re-released with no less than 10 bonus tracks, in 2006.
Another album, 4am Friday, was also re-released in 2006 and was packaged with one of the band's live recordings. A track from this album, “Simple Song”, was featured in a video game called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Despite the constant songwriting and gigging of Avail, Barry chose to also play bass for a folk-punk band called the Young Pioneers, in 1994 and 1995. This band was overtly political in its outlook and marked out the direction that the singer's career would later take.
Tim Barry's solo work
Although Avail was still gigging in 2004, Barry started to perform on his own. However, the band had not released any new material since their 2002 album Front Porch Stories, which came out on Fat Wreck Records. Some fans rightly predicted that the frontman's solo work would mark the decline of Avail. Although the band never officially split up, the members of Avail have not all performed together since 2007.
With a burgeoning solo career, Barry recorded a demo for Chunkasah Records in 2005. Rivanna Junction was his first full studio LP as a lone performer and it came out in November of the following year. Manchester would follow in 2008. Later, Barry would record his punk vocals for High On 95, a studio album that came out in September 2017.
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