Sam Barron

“We are just lost souls out on the network now,” says Sam Barron.  “Who knows where we are going to end up as individuals or as a culture.  A Prayer for a Field Mouse for me is about getting out of society’s dread suck, and into the joys of simply surviving.”

Sam’s new album, A Prayer for a Field Mouse (Mother West,) finds him reunited with producer Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Soko.) Newman’s touches are all over the album, yet the production feels sparse and true to a folk record. Enlisted were bassist Byron Issacs (The Lumineers, Lost Leaders), Eva Mikhailnova (Eva & The Vagabond Tales) on vocals and accordion, and Jack Mcloughlin on pedal steel all contributing from their home studios.

“When we started recording the album, I had fallen back in love with my nylon string guitar.  I wanted to make an album that featured its sound prominently.  So I got intimate with it; recording all my parts in the boiler room of my apartment building during the early days of the Pandemic.”

The songs on A Prayer for a Field Mouse all tell stories of characters with unlikely odds of success.  Like the itinerant in San Pedro who has a bike with no breaks, rides it real slow, follows the moon and sticks to the side of the road.  Or the heart broken person smoking crack in Tallahassee: “My mama won’t leave it alone.  She’s living in a world that’s dead and gone.  Well she never did understand me.  So fire up that crack, this is my last track, I’m not ever coming back from Tallahassee.”

Sam Barron was born in NYC.  His father was a former folk musician turned forensic criminal investigator.  His mother worked with severely handicapped children. Stories from the autopsy table and the macabre reality of God’s misfits left a significant imprint on his developing mind. For Sam, jazz and poetry became his refuge.  He started penning poems and frequenting uptown jazz clubs, and studying guitar with NYC jazz great and mentor Freddie Bryant.

Sam’s professional career in songwriting began in ‘97 in Austin, when he got signed by Kranzke Records. His first album, Tempus Fugitive, was recorded with Luke Abbey, the drummer for Gorilla Biscuits. During this period, Barron did a stint playing bass for Austin legend Joe Valentine. Ending up in NYC in ’02, Sam became a regular in the Antifolk scene housed at The Sidewalk Café. It was during this period that Barron first worked with Newman on All Over the Place. A collaboration with producer Brian Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, Hammell on Trial, Pinc Louds) followed, resulting in Just Couldn’t Help Myself. Simultaneously, Barron and Mimi Oz formed the Indie Rock band The Come On, out of which came an EP, an album, and three US/Canada Tours.

A Prayer For a Field Mouse will be released on September 10, 2021 with touring in the US and Europe planned for fall 2021 through 2022.