GB Roots Debut Album, "The Key" Begins With The African American Spiritual “Swing Low”

BIO

GB Roots
GB Roots is the powerful collaboration of guitarist/banjo player Dave Barber, and female bassist Kirby Green. Together these two musicians create an organic blend of rich duo vocals, heavy modern Blues Rock feels, with a hint of haunting banjo.

Growing up in separate ends of Western Canada (BC and SK) Dave and Kirby began collaborating while studying music at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. For the past few years they've been songwriting, recording and performing as GB Roots throughout Canada. Most recently they've finished recording their debut album "The Key" in March of 2012. Thanks to the backing of Rawlco Radio they were able to record at the legendary Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC owned by Bryan Adams. They also had the opportunity to work with an incredible engineer/co-producer Eric Mosher, and immensely talented musicians Jerry Adolphe and Tyson Naylor. The album is an organic blend of Kirby and Dave's musical backgrounds, drawing from Rock, Blues, Country, and Bluegrass roots. This blend of their sound  is where the GB Roots was derived from (Green/Barber roots).

"The Key" begins with the African American spiritual “Swing Low”. A choral intro gives way the duo’s heavy, slinky method, and the attraction is instant. Barber takes lead vocal and entwines some banjo echo around guitar chords. It’s an unexpected but quite exceptional opening. The title track, with Green taking lead, is measured and unhurried but builds in a most pleasing way, and “Shady Grove” combines Barber’s twangy blues guitar with Green’s finest vocal. It’s a killer track, and should be heard by blues fans everywhere. In fact, it transcends the constraints of genre and deserves to find an audience amongst music fans, period!

As well as being involved in GB Roots, Dave and Kirby come from years of honing their vocal and instrumental crafts backing other artists throughout Canada and the USA. Collectively they've had the honor of backing such artists as Michelle Wright, Bonnie Guitar, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith, Sean Hogan, Jason McCoy, Small Town Pistols (Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson), The Higgins, Crystal Shawanda, Dean Brody, Samantha King, Lisa Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Jason Greeley, Karen Lee Batten, Tenille, Tera Lee, Tracey Miller, Chad Klinger, Rob Heath, Vissia Sisters, Command Sisters, Gord Matthews, Tiffany Dowhan, Erin Haley, Leah Durelle, Charlie Ryan (Hot Rod Lincoln), Eli Barsi and several other wonderful artists! They have also had the honor of performing on many of Canada's most wonderful stages for festivals, fairs, theaters and casinos. Some of these venues include:  

Credit Union Centre Arena, Saskatoon, SK Rexal Place, Edmonton, AB The Winspear Theatre, Edmonton, AB The Citadel Theater, Edmonton,AB Calgary Stampede 2008-2011, AB Dauphin Music Fest, MB Capital Ex-Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, AB Rainmaker Rodeo, St. Albert, AB The Dow Center Theater, Fort Sask, AB Festival Place, Stoney Plain, AB Blueberry Festival, Spruce Grove, AB Grey Cup Events 2009, Calgary, AB Grey Cup Events 2010, Edmonton, AB Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose, AB Castrol Raceway, Edmonton, AB Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, AB Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Fest, AB Fox Valley Jamboree, SK Country Gospel Jamboree, Grande Praire, AB Maclab Theater, Leduc, AB Bonnyville Arena, AB Blues on Whyte, Edmonton, AB Rusty Reed's House of Blues, Edmonton, AB Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB Queen Alexandra Hall, Edmonton, AB Swift Current Music Fest, SK Abbotsford Fair, BC Armstrong Fair, BC BMO Centre, Calgary, AB TV performances of Canada AM, BTV Edmonton, BTV Calgary Dozens of Casinos across Western Canada.

Instrumentation 

Kirby Green - Vocals, Bass, Guitar 
David Barber - Banjo, Vocals, Guitar 

Discography

GB Roots' first full length Album, The Key is now available on iTunes and at www.gbroots.com. The Album was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award at the 2012 Breakout West Festival. In the Spring of 2013 the first single, "Shady Grove" was released to Canadian Radio. It received over 40 adds on the following radio stations: 

CJQC CHRQ CHMO CKLB CFDY CJWA CKDU CFUV CJSB CJIE CJBP CHIP CJFL CHPB CKXS CHBZ CITR CFLX CJLR CHMR CJSE CKTI CKCI CBCRadio CHOD CJMQ CIMS CHMA CJTR CKUA CFIS CJUM CIFA CJBB CJHK CHMM CJMQ CKYC CFCB CHNV

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