Abbie Barrett hails from the slightly schizophrenic music scene of Boston. That’s the town that brought us bands like the The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, The Pixies and Aerosmith, but Abbie isn’t looking for Beantown infamy although she does say “If could look half as comfortable in leather pants as Steven Tyler does, I’d be well on my way to some sort of notoriety.” While some artists seek out their fifteen minutes Abbie is looking at the big picture—longevity. “My music is less genre-specific than some other artists, but I don’t know if that matters so long as I write quality songs. I’d love to follow in the tradition of artists like Bonnie Raitt or Joni Mitchell, who have managed to create music, that matters well into their older years. I’d like to create a legacy of great songwriting that holds up 20 or 30 or 70 years from now,” she explains.
Her sound is a wonderful dichotomy of sound and lyric. Her album offers up songs with filled with sweetness and melancholy, “‘Dying Day’ is about dying too soon, so while the music sounds uplifting, it’s actually kind of dark. ‘Disappointing you,’ however, is way less depressing. I like that the title implies some brooding, melancholy sad-fest and instead offers this upbeat, wacky adventure,” describes Abbie. Her song writing process is more of journey than a scientific equation. When she writes she lets the song lead the way; she also admits that the majority of her work has never turned out the way she first thought they would. That’s all part of the artistic journey.
As a currently unsigned artist Abbie has developed a love/hate relationship with the web. She loves the fact she can connect efficiently with clubs. “Nothing’s easier than sending an email to a venue with a link to my music. Within minutes, they get a sense of who I am and whether I’m a good fit for the club. The Web has also helped me with promoting upcoming shows, reaching out to fans, and spreading the word about my music.” She continues by pointing out a downside of the Internet that effects musicians and artists, signed or unsigned. Abbie sees how music on the Internet has become a commodity, or as she puts it disposable. “People used to go into a music store, buy a record or CD, and go home, sit down, and really listen to it. They had something tangible in their hands and a better sense of how much it cost to purchase. They understood its value.”
Abbie Barrett will be performing solo at The Gryphon Cafe in Wayne this Saturday, October 23.