Lockwood Barr

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Patrick L.

Patrick L.

The banjo queen Lockwood Barr

Our family is growing by leaps and bounds. Never in a million years would I have imagined that food, music and people would make such a huge impact on so many lives. Our family has grown and now reaches every corner of the globe. Southern Fellow has become a catalyst for new friendships and a strong foundation for support. It is not because of me or any one person. It is because each one of our family members worked hard to build this family that stands united today. Are next artist on Feed the Band shares the same passion as all of you for family, music and great food.

Lockwood Barr is not your normal pretty face when it comes to a female country artist. She is a rare breed. Lockwood Barr is one of the very few female banjo players.This and her rich, smooth voice landed her the title as a CMA Emerging Artist. Her music is deep in country roots that’s a fact. However, her voice, lyrics and sound lend themselves to a fresh take on americana music. “Forgotten How To Cry” and “Signs Along The Road” backs up that statement. Lockwood Barr’s use of lyrics are amazing and fresh. They are not the recycled phrases found in contemporary music today. This makes you hold on to every word and brings you deep into the soul of the song. Lockwood Barr has proven herself as one of the great banjo players and lyricist in music today.

We at the opportunity for an interview, so we took it. Stay tuned to the end because we will be giving away an autographed album from Lockwood Barr. Let’s get to it. These are our questions answered.

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What gave you the courage to move to Nashville and advance your songwriting?

I moved to Nashville because my mom grew up here and we still had a ton of family in the area. I always adored the city as a child, and I worshipped my older cousins. Somehow, visiting always felt like coming home. When I was 17, I packed my bags for Vanderbilt and never looked back.

Tell us about when and how you decided to pick up a banjo?

My dad started the banjo craze in our household- in fact, his Gibson Mastertone RB 250 is on permanent loan with me in Nashville (he’s since bought himself a custom Hartford Deering and custom Nedski Capek , so he’s doing just fine). I started with piano and guitar, and then my dad started really teaching me banjo in high school. I just couldn’t wait any longer.

If we were to interview your best friend from high school, what would they say about you?

My high school friends would probably say I’ve always kind of been like this. I signed up for every performing opportunity possible, whether it be tap dancing or band class, and my personality has always been just little be too much for sitting quietly at a desk.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is an empty calendar.

We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music what recipe do you use?

24 ounces of medium roast, pour-over coffee (I’m currently on a “Seattle’s Best” binge)
4 ounces of vanilla almond creamer
A cushy chair or couch, with a fuzzy blanket on top
20 minutes of emotional splurging and chatting with co-writers
At least 3 instruments in the room
2-4 uninterrupted hours to make some magic
***If the whole writing crew needs to take a break to go grab some $1 street tacos from a truck on the corner, that often leads to some interesting lyrical directions.

If Lays were to make a signature chip in your honor, what would that flavor be?

Lays with way too much cracked pepper…always extra, just like me.

If Southern Fellow could develop a recipe for you, what would it be?

The perfect oven-fried okra.

Try these inspired recipes!

Pan Fried Okra

Lockwood Barr wanted a healthier alternative to the traditional fried version of this southern classic. We really wanted to do a baked version, but the soul of the dish was lost. We settled with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. It made for a delicious alternative to this deep fried treat.

Classic Chicken and Dumplings

This is truly a classic dish here in the south. chicken and dumplings is one of those dishes that warms and heals the soul. This is a very traditional recipe that is easy to make.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
Breakfast as a whole: it’s my favorite meal of the day. I recently perfected a healthier pancake recipe with brown rice flour and almond milk. I love to whip up a good omelet, and I find ways to include bacon with any recipe ever. I just adore the feeling of rolling out of bed to the promise of a new morning, and I always set aside time for myself to slowly sip my coffee and enjoy being awake. So basically, all things breakfast can inspire all sorts of songs.
What does the next year look like for you?
The next year will be a combination of being on the road (next stop, Mississippi!), and continuing to release new music. I just put out a new video, “Right Time,” which premiered on Ditty TV this past week.
What advice would you give another young female who wants to follow their dream of making music?
Never take anything – whether it be rejection or even radio silence from someone – too personally. Just to do your best to be a disciplined artist and kind person, and KEEP GOING!
What is your favorite song you have written and why is it so important to you?
“Forgotten How to Cry” because it is such a vulnerable and dark song. I honestly thought that it was too dark to put on a record; I figured it would just be a rewarding song to write for my soul. Fast forward a year, it got my first Music Row Magazine Award, and I had fans tweeting me from around the country wanting to talk about how it connected with them. I had one girl drive all the way down from New Jersey for CMA Fest to meet me because she was so moved by it. It was a powerful lesson in how honesty in writing pays off.
You are strutting your stuff in Nashville and you come across a $100 winning scratch off. What do you spend it on?
If I found a hundred dollars…hmmmmm…I’m a sucker for handmade jewelry. I’d probably buy a new blue lapis ring. It believe its power to repel negative energy. (And Lord knows I’ve already bought too many instruments for my house to fit…not sorry.)
Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to know?
I just launched my IGTV channel this summer, and I keep uploading various performance videos and new songs from writing sessions. I love making fans part of my artistic process, so come say hi!
There is our questions answered.  It is an honor to have Lockwood Barr as part of the Southern Fellow family. I am here to tell you that this is one of the nicest ladies in country music. She works hard and her talent is undeniable. We know you will love her as much as we do. She is on our playlist and she need to be on yours. Download and stream her music on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play. Also down below you will see where you can enter our giveaway for an autographed Album.  Thank you for tuning into Feed the Band.  Check out all of artist we have interviewed by clicking here and stay tuned for more Feed the Band

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