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Barry P Foley
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Internationally known American recording artist and award winning songwriter with numerous radio hits throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland and Israel. Barry’s 2011 release “The Crooked Road” contains 12 self-penned songs which has produced 6 radio hits. His duet with Marty Wolfe of the Texas Heat Band, “That Girl Who Sang Johnny Cash” won the German Country Prize “Song of the Year 2011. Since 2008 eight single releases from the CD have topped the International Mainstream Country Top 40, the European Country Music Association (EMCA) Top 40 charts, Germany’s Country Music Airplay Charts. “Airport Love Story” occupied a spot on the ECMA’s Top 100 for six months, peaking at #3.

Barry grew up in the foothills of the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and has been serenading crowds around the world with ballads and other favorites as well as his special brand of original music for over 39 years. In his fourth decade of songwriting and performing, his repertoire includes more than 700 songs from 360 different recording artists, spanning from Country Music's roots to those Country Songs of today in addition to other types of popular music to include Bluegrass, Irish Folk, Oldies, Rockabilly, Classic Rock, Swing, and R&B.

In his 16th year of performing as a solo artist based in Germany, he has opened shows for 5 time Grammy Winner and Tejano Music Legend “Flaco Jimenez”, Honky Tonker “Dale Watson”, Canadian’s Best Known Family Bluegrass Group “The Goods” along with the hot new Grammy winning Tejano Band “Los Texmaniacs.” Of San Antonio Texas.

Maintaining the tradition of the Troubadour, he’s armed with a ringing acoustic guitar and strong voice to entertain crowds from 1 to 1000 or more.

Why this name?
Its the one my mama gave me!!
Do you play live?
Anywhere in Europe. I'm based out of northern Bavaria in Germany, but I play anywhere the gig takes me.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet is kicking the radio industry's ass.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
At 57, I seriously doubt the opportunity would ever present itself!
Band History:
Barry Foley grew up in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia where Bluegrass and Gospel music still reign as the major music of the region, making it a natural influence. His public performance debut was a piano solo in the local church at the age of 10. He bought his first guitar at 15 and soon found himself copying the guitar licks on the original records of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two. In 1971 he wrote his first song, “Moonshine Daddy” (it appears on The Crooked Road CD).

After high school in 1972, he joined the U.S. Navy and landed in Norfolk, Virginia where he performed in various Country Music Nite-Clubs as a lead vocalist. During the 1970's he learned the current hits, along with going back to Country and Western Music's roots and learning the classic songs of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty and his musicial idol, Merle Haggard.

Transferred to Gemany in 1995 where he remains today. Since his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1996 he has pursued his dream of performing country music. He released his first CD in 2000 titled “Blame It On Mexico”. This self-produced 16 song collection covers classics like Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” and Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” and Woodie Gutheries “Deportees”.

In 2005 he released a CD is on the Arizona Records label. “Daddy Was A Factory Man” has 12 original songs written between 1976 and 2003 with Barry playing guitar, dobro and mandolin along with a cast of 20 other pickers and singers. Among these include two of Germany’s premier musicians; Jürgen Biller on banjo and Martin Gross on dobro. Along with guitar licks from songwriter and guitar slinger extraordinaire Dan McCoy. The CD kicks off with the authentic Mexican sound provided by Mariachi Acapulco and closes with a 26 year old recording of his daughter’s singing debut.

Since 2008, he relocated to Northern Bavaria and plays music professionally performing over 100 shows per year. In 2011 he released "The Crooked Road" CD. Next CD planned for 2013.
Your influences?
Merle Haggard; Johnny Cash; Waylon Jennings; Willie Nelson, Dan McCoy and Tom Russell
Favorite spot?
Zillertal Austria
Equipment used:
Blueridge 000 style BR-163 and BR-83, 1948 00-17 and 1974 D-35 Martins, 1974 Telecaster Guitars; Elxir, Martin SP and Fender 150XL strings; Levy Straps; Shubb and Dunlop Capos; Monster Cables; Neumann and Beyerdynamic Mics; Zoom 505 and 707 Effects; Digitech Vocaliser Live 3; Digitech Jamman and Boss LC-20 Loop Pedals; Fishman Aura 16; Koenig & Meyer Stands; Peavey Amps, Carvin and Behringer PA's; JBL EON Speakers
Anything else...?
SINGER - SONGWRITER....ENTERTAINER
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