Vetiver’s Kevin Barker preps debut with Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson, and others

alissa andersonIn college, Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker became interested in the fingerstyle guitar playing of John Fahey and Bert Jansch. He began to write songs and recorded under the name “Currituck County” for Teenbeat Records, Troubleman Unlimited, and Track and Field Organisation in the UK. Later, he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he attended film school at Columbia University and began playing with Devendra, Antony, and Vetiver. His debut album, You And Me, will be released by Gnomonsong this January. The album was produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Lilys, Gary Louris, Devendra Banhart), and features Pat Sansone (Wilco), Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis), Eric Johnson (Shins, Fruit Bats), and Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Espers).

While finishing his masters at Columbia, he began to tour as a sideman with Vasthi Bunyan and Joanna Newsom, and began work editing his documentary film The Family Jams, which chronicled the summer 2004 tour of Devendra, Joanna and Vetiver. The film is slated to be released in spring 2010.
photo by Alissa Anderson

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