Louisville, KY singer-songwriter Jamie Barnes grew up listening to his father’s tales of opening for the Doors and The Beach Boys, playing drums with Tom Dooley and the Lovelights: “tales of Jim Morrison that I probably should not have heard at that young age!?” Add together Appalachian roots, weekend family jam sessions with father and big brother playing Pink Floyd and classic rock covers (plus a sheepish admission that he loved prog-rock bands like the Moody Blues and Jethro Tull at the time), plus stints singing in the church choir, by age 20 Barnes already had his first record deal. That same year, he dropped out of college, met a girl, got married, and kicked a nasty prescription drug habit for depression and anxiety.
Lauded for his introspective songwriting, on The Recalibrated Heart, Barnes unloads ten personal works about persecution, deprivation and redemption. Recorded in his home studio over two years and playing every instrument, Barnes uses a varied palette of instruments including guitar, banjo, flute, keyboards, sarod, tabla and other various devices of percussion. Only one song has a guest mandolin and accordion player. Jamie is a frequent guest performer on Louisville’s NPR station WFPK’s ‘Live Lunch’, and this record was on over thirty triple AAA top 40 lists. His song “Harp of the Fool” will be featured in Marlene Rhein’s (music video director for Amy Whinehouse, Tupac Shakur) new film entitled “The Big Caller” as the end credits roll.