Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DB in Premier Guitar Magazine

Thanks to photographer Paul Reid of HotHouse Creative Inc., yours truly is featured in the December issue of UK guitar magazine, Premier Guitar.
And thanks to Premier Guitar for choosing the picture of me at The Orbit Room as their Facebook picture of the month!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sign Me To Roadrunner

David Barrett Trio is playing the Sign Me To Roadrunner Showcase
Friday November 25, 2011,
at The Hard Luck in Toronto, 772 Dundas St. W.,
We go onstage at 8:15 pm, $10.00 at the door!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

DB3 thanks their latest fuelers!

Thanks to our latest fuelers Len "Socs" O'Sullivan and Patti Knight, we've reached 50% of our goal, for a total of $5000.00!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

David Barrett Trio Featured Project On RocketHub!

The trio thought we'd try crowdfunding, a new way of raising funds for projects. We're using RocketHub, which is not an investment or charity. It's an exchange: funds from fans for rewards from the artists. This week DB3 is the featured project on RocketHub and we're at 20% of our goal! Please follow the link and take a look, thanks!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

DB3 and RocketHub!

Alex Lifeson is currently producing the David Barrett Trio. So far,  we've managed to record three tunes, without spending any money, due to Alex pulling favors. In order to complete our album we are rasing funds using RocketHub. Rockethub is not an investment or charity. It's an exchange: funds from fans for rewards from The David Barrett Trio. Please check out the our page for details, thanks, DB.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The 3RD DB3 tune Disappearance, available now!

The 3rd single Disappearance from David Barrett Trio is now available for digital download, this is the last of the three tunes produced by Alex Lifeson that will be released before the full album is recorded. This was a lot of fun to record, multi-tracked snare drums, double tracked fretless bass, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, Gibson 175, Les Paul Gold Top, Strat, Martin, and  Steel Guitar Loops. We even used the original Roland CE-1 Chorus Ensemble from the 1970's classic Rush recordings!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Guitar Rig.

Don Mackrill from Mack Amps asked me to give him some info on my current guitar rig, so here goes! There’s no real short answer and I’ve made many changes over the last year regarding what I’m using and how I’m setting things up. I have three basic guitar rigs that are quite simple and used for different types of music that I play. Gone are are the vintage effects, velcro covered plywood boards, adapters, etc.,  that can all sound cool but turn into a nightmare due to many factors that occur both travelling and at home in the studio.

Mini Rig: For recording and solo/duo guitar orientated gigs I use a Mack Gem 2G with a 10” Celestion Greenback. I use an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal and if I want additional volume, I take an output from the volume pedal and feed it into a Line 6 Spider (also w/Celestion). This away I can use the foot switch for the two channels on the GEM (everything is set on stun), and use the Line 6 FBV2 to change presets that include bits of tape echo, reverb, and chorus. There are many tone combinations with this small set up.

Tube Rig: The Heatseeker (w/Greenback 12”) is great for vintage tube sounds set  on “Burn” with volume and tone around half. For playing Les Paul and Chet Atkins tunes, I plug my Gibson 175 or Les Paul Jr. Robot into the BOSS ME-50 for some echo and reverb. This amp is also ideal for my 1956 Gibson Console twin neck steel guitar! For a louder rock setting I split the signal at the ME-50 stereo output and add the GEM. Oddly there is no problem combining the 4 watt amp with the 18, the GEM is set full, while the HS-18 is set about half. If I need to hear the GEM more, I set it on an angle or elevate it with an IKEA speaker stand, which enables me to aim it directly at me, so I always hear it. Important to note that I use “cheaters” or ground lifts to always lift the ground on the second  amp I’ve added in the chain.

Monster Rig: For my trio and other loud rock situations I use Alex Lifeson’s Hughes & Kettner ZenTera. It’s programmed with many beefy rectified amp sounds and effects ranging from chorus, flange, phase, tape echo, and reverb. From the volume pedal, I add an output to the Mack GEM for dry tube sounds, both clean and dirty. Occasionally, (stage size permitting) I’ll add the Mack Heetseeker and switch between the GEM and The Heetseeker with an A/B box, so that I have a wider range of dry tube amp sounds to mix with the effected and usually more distorted H&K. A Planet Waves strobe tuner is also in line before the volume pedal to try and keep the double neck in tune!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sonar by David Barrett Trio Now Available on iTunes

Sonar, the new track by David Barrett Trio, is available for digital download on iTunes,, and most online distributors. This is the second track by DB3, written by David Barrett, arranged by David Barrett Trio and Alex Lifeson, and produced by Alex Lifeson. The track was recorded at Lerxst Sound and engineered and mixed by Richard Chycki. Mastered by Phil Demetro at The Lacquer Channel. Photography and design by Paul Reid at HotHouse Creative Inc.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

David Barrett Trio at The Orbit Room

The David Barrett Trio is playing the 4th Saturday of each month at The Orbit Room 580A College Street in Toronto, starting on Saturday May 28, doors open at 7pm, shows start at 8pm. $10.00 at the door, hope you can make it to one of them, or all of them!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gibson Firebird X

I've been chosen by the CEO of Gibson to demo the new Firebird X for Canada, looking forward to this monster of a guitar!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

David Barrett Endorsement Deal With D'Addario

I'm very excited to announce that I have an endorsement deal with D'Addario Canada. I've been using D'Addario strings since I started and the Jazz Rock EXL 115 is the only set I've ever used on my Gibson ES175. And I've found nothing is better for classical than the D'Addario EJ44 Extra Hard Tension strings. Thanks D'Addario!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In The Studio

Posted online at NewsTalk 1010am  is an interview I did last week with Bob Reid and Blair Packham talking about the new David Barrett Trio recordings with Alex Lifeson.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hollowbody on iTunes

David Barrett Trio's first single Hollowbody, produced by Alex Lifeson, is now available on iTunes, and most digital distributors. A special 3 song ep produced by Alex Lifeson featuring Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance is available at and at our live shows. The next show is at Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom, March 31, 2011, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. We'll be playing after show party's for the Canadian dates on the Rush Time Machine tour, in Hamilton and Montreal. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

David Barrett Trio Concert and CD Release

David Barrett Trio Concert and CD Release.
Thursday March 31, 2011.
Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom, 1205 King St. W., Toronto.
Doors at 7:00pm, concert at 8:00pm.
We'll play a live set and have our EP produced by Alex Lifeson
and engineered by Richard Chycki available for sale.
Tickets $10.00 at the door.
Free beer, again!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mack Guitar Amps

I'm pleased to announce that I now endorse Mack Guitar Amps. Don Mackrill of Mack Amps offered to set me up with a Heatseeker and a Gem, two fantastic hand wired and handmade amplifiers loaded with Celestion Greenback speakers. They sound killer and are now a main part of my live rig, and will be for many years to come!

Monday, January 10, 2011

David Barrett Trio Produced by Alex Lifeson

Exactly a year ago, I played my new solo album The Dead Arm for guitar hero and mentor Alex Lifeson. He liked it and mentioned that maybe we should consider doing something together in the future. I agreed.  He advised me to write a ton of music which we would then later sift through and pick the best tunes to develop. His other advice was to  include some other musicians to further develop the songs. I asked Sascha Tukatsch to play drums and Jason Farrar to play bass. We arranged the music and worked really hard on it. Their contributions and enthusiasm have been truly outstanding! After the Rush Time Machine tour ended and Big Al was rested, we went into his studio and recorded three tunes: Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance. Rich Chycki engineered. Rich produced my first solo album back in 1995, everything I’ve learned about recording I’ve learned from Rich, I don’t think there’s anyone better. And Big Al’s approach to arranging, performance, and production was truly illuminating. We also had a lot of laughs in the studio, more than I can remember on any sessions I’ve ever done. We’ve finished these three and will release them soon, once we figure out the details. I just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve got some new music ready to be released and that we’re very excited about the whole thing!

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