The United Kingdom-based and Texas-influenced musician and poet at Finyl Vinyl Records spoke with Coastal Beats Media on his worldwide travels, cultural surroundings, and experiential memoirs. From growing up in Texas and being heavily influenced by his grandfather to dedicating his music to the First World War, Barkus is an illustrious traveler and creator.
“My grandfather was a harmonica player, and I used to watch him play. That was my earliest influence at the age of 8. … From there I got into folk music, and I’m a big Bob Dylan fan. … I played my first gig at 13,” said Barkus.
“I joined the Merchant Navy when I was 17 … and my influences since then have been everything from rock music to The Stones, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix.”
When Barkus began his career in music, he performed with the Texas band, Off the Leash, a group associated with…
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