"We’re hereby declaring Old Freight ... nothing less than a new folk essential – one that doesn’t so much gather in the various influences which make modern singer-songwriter folk work as it reduces and transcends them, laying claim to the one-man, one-song center of the tent."  Cover Lay Down

"A fella that sings like this with this kind of work on the lyrics must be channeling Woody Guthrie... The pickin’ is real nice, but the vocal steals it... You just believe every line he sings."
Ear To The Ground Music

"Alan Barnosky has delivered an album that I absolutely love. I can’t get enough of the enchanting soundscapes ... and the comforting feelings that go along with an authentic, awe inspiring, bluegrass listening experience."  
Middle Tennessee Music

Biography

Alan Barnosky is a North Carolina-based guitarist and songwriter proudly nestled within the realms of bluegrass, folk, and country blues, writing songs and flatpicking melodies with admiration and respect for the American roots traditions of years past.     

In his debut full-length solo album (Old Freight, released November 2017), Barnosky offers a fresh take on the traditional folk record. Stripped down to only the raw elements, Old Freight balances nuanced and subtle acoustic instrumentation with genuine songwriting to deliver ten songs that are raw and real. There are no recording engineering tricks or gimmicks here; only melodies that stick, lyrics that capture, and harmonies that ring.     

Barnosky emerged as a songwriter amid Washington, DC’s thriving folk and bluegrass music scene. His rhythmic flatpicked guitar and honest songs have drawn comparisons to Norman Blake, Doc Watson, and Townes Van Zandt. Over the years he has performed with bands at The John Hartford Memorial Festival, the IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble, and as a finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's band contest. He lives in Durham, NC where he also performs with bluegrass 5-piece Counterclockwise String Band and the acoustic trio Fabius Page.

Short Bio

Alan Barnosky is a North Carolina-based guitarist and songwriter proudly nestled within the realms of bluegrass, folk, and country blues, writing songs and flatpicking melodies with admiration and respect for the American roots traditions of years past. His rhythmic flatpicked guitar and honest songs have drawn comparisons to Norman Blake, Doc Watson, and Townes Van Zandt.

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"The whole sound put together, with these timeless nostalgic lyrics, make [Childhood Ghosts] simply one of the best folk songs we’ve heard all year."
Ear To The Ground Music

"Fans of old-school Joe Pug will hear the creaky voice, fans of old Tallest Man on Earth will hear the fingerpicking, and fans of folk will rejoice."
Independent Clauses

"Old Freight serves as a reminder to slow down and take some time to appreciate the old ways: there's a reason they endure." 
Adobe and Teardrops

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alanbarnosky@gmail.com

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