Barbara Nesbitt

Barbara Nesbitt: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Bill Coomes: Drums, Percussion, Vocals | Marcia Claire: Bass guitar, Vocals | Mike Spurgat: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Country

Sound description: Folky songer/songwriter cowpunk.

RIYL: Bonnie Raitt, Podunk Nowhere, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Nickel Creek

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" I was recently invited to perform as an official artist at SXSX 2017," reports the singer/songwriter, who is planning a European and UK support tour for her upcoming release Right As Rain.

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Influences: Patty Griffin, Jeff Buckley, Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Alison Kraus, Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, David Gray, Gillian Welch, Joan Osbourne, Lyle Lovett, Maria McKee, Neil Young, Ryan Adams


Singer/songwriter Barbara Nesbitt is from Virginia, where she fronted the groove-oriented band Rare Daze and brought her own original songs and sound to the rock band Cradle. She also allied with fellow guitar player/singer/songwriter Bernie Lee in the acoustic duo Perpetrators. She was nominated for several local music awards in Virginia, taking second place in the "Female Songwriter of the Year" category, and first place as the "Acoustic Performer of the Year."

After arriving in San Diego, she was joined by Bill Coomes (drummer/singer with Deadline Friday), Mike Spurgat (guitarist/singer with Deadline Friday and Citizen Band), and Marcia Claire (bass player with Citizen Band and countless others) and began focusing on her original music. The band, along with some surprise guests, recorded her debut album A Million Stories at Jeff Berkley's studio, Miracle Recording. A Million Stories was released in July 2007.

She describes her strangest stage encounter. "After reluctantly conceding to play 'Sweet Home Alabama' in Portsmouth, VA...a gentleman exited the men's bathroom wearing nothing but a smile, ran straight up to the stage, danced for a moment, then ran out the door and down the street. But that's not that strange in Portsmouth."

In 2008, Nesbitt recorded and performed around town with Tim Flannery. She was nominated for a San Diego H.A.T. Award and won the San Diego Music Scene "Cream of the Crop" singer/songwriter competition. In early 2009, she moved away from San Diego, landing in Austin, Texas.

She returned to San Diego to play an August 11, 2013 release party for her third album Almost Home at Lucy's Tavern in OB, teaming up with local players Marcia Claire and Jeff Berkley (Berkley Hart), among others.

A new album was released in early 2017, Right As Rain, co-produced by Produced by Jeff Berkley of Berkley Hart. "The name, Right As Rain, is a lyric in the first track, 'At Large In Tennessee.' I've always loved that as an idiot way to say you're doing quite well."


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