Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Richard Barone - Glow (September 10, 2010)

No Bar/None artist shares as much history with owner Glenn Morrow as Richard Barone.  They were roommates when both first arrived in Hoboken in the late 70’s, and played together in “a,” which became the first band to play at Maxwell’s under its then-new owner, Steve Fallon.  Shortly thereafter, Glenn formed the Individuals and Richard went on to make Hoboken history as the lead singer of the Bongos;  it wouldn’t  be until 2010 that these old friends would team up again.

Richard Barone:  I was always envious of the fact that Glenn went on to start a label. I’ve always loved the idea of being in control of a label like that, and he does have one of the best curated labels around. That’s why they’ve been around for 30 years, because he’s so careful of what he puts out.  Most of the Glow album was produced by Tony Visconti; he and I had been writing the songs together, everything but the T-Rex cover were written by the two of us, and right in the middle of that, I ran into Glenn at the (Geri Fallo) Hoboken Christmas show at Maxwell’s. That night, Glenn said, why don’t we do an album? And I said, well, you know, I’m right in the middle of making this album with Tony Visconti, so why don’t we do that?  Once Glenn was involved, he really helped pick the songs and sequence the songs in the way that a traditional A&R person would have done in the heyday of the music industry, something that’s no longer with us. It was really nice to work with someone who knew, understood, and cared.   I sent him tracks, one by one, and he picked which ones made the album. There were songs that he didn’t want on the album, and I was okay with that.  He helped make it a better album."

Richard is currently preparing for the release of "Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The Sixties," a crowdfunded collection of songs written by folk artists including John Sebastian, Buddy Holly, Paul Simon, Janis Ian, and Fred Neill.  You can order the new album here.


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  2. Jim, thanks so much for the coverage of the "Glow" album here. It was a very special reunion for me to work with Glenn on this project. Here's to the next 30 years of Bar/None! ~ Richard Barone