Not too long ago my girlfriend wanted to know how I got introduced to Jesse Barish. Sincere thanks are offered to the combination of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and KBC Band) and Mike Somavilla (number one historian of the legendary band Quicksilver Messenger Service).
Jesse’s resume of writing timeless tunes which includes but are not limited to “Count On Me”, “St. Charles”, “Atlanta Lady”, and “Hearts” is only superseded by his ego-free existence. He is the true professional, successful yet humble and appreciative of his fans and his craft.
Marty Balin remarked to me in early 2010 that Jesse’s songs are so well constructed frequently he doesn’t have to change one lyric to record or perform the composition.
Jesse’s latest release “Restless Soul” is the follow-up to his 2008 CD “Wheel Keep Turning” and he continues his partnership with Jeff Pescetto. Jeff has contributed to movie soundtracks such as “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” and “License To Kill.”
“Restless Soul” offers eighteen tracks that possess a wonderful continuity. The music flows freely without the need to omit any of the material from the listening experience. The title piece is perfect with pure emotion and warmth; you’ll feel as if on a flawless summer night you are experiencing the sights and sounds Jesse is articulating.
One of the standout songs “Blink Of An Eye” conjures up memories of Seals & Crofts from the 1970’s. Jesse can permeate memories of decades of yesteryear while sounding relevant today.
As the CD changes from “Borrowed Time” to “Simple Faith” it is perceptible that Jesse has encompassed the best of many musical styles while putting his signature on the disc.
You can purchase Jesse’s latest from CD Baby
Special thanks to guest contributor Craig Fenton author, historian, public speaker, radio personality and author of Jefferson Airplane book Take Me To A Circus Tent (The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual).