THE BARLOW BROTHERS BAND
Possessing great heat. Charged or energized with electricity. Marked by intensity or warmth of emotion; fiery.
The Ingredients: Something that adds kick, flavor and zest to something else. To season with spices.
The Band: The most versatile band playing the best of classic hits, Motown R&B, southern rock, pure funk, and dance tracks performing in the Southeast Region, period. A true band of brothers bonded by blood, commitment & the love of what we do.
The magic of THE BARLOW BROTHERS BAND are these ingredients: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and fantastic vocal work. This is the standard line up of the band. On special requested events they add their "funktastic" horn section. It has become very rare that you can actually see and hear a live band that performs on this level. ‘Phenomenal’, ‘outstanding’, ‘unbelievable’, are the most spoken words you hear describing this band. This group has the good fortune of having literally three centuries of combined musical and technical expertise on stage. Whether it’s recording, playing, or rehearsing, their arrangement and organizational skills are second-to-none. This group has the almost impossible-to-find abilities to headline outdoor festivals and coliseum held Mardi Gras balls for 10,000 plus, backing up national acts, corporate events, resort convention dances, casino showrooms, hard-hitting roadhouses, high-energy night clubs, country clubs and private functions specializing in wedding receptions. Musically their repertoire is almost endless. They can go from James Brown to George Jones to the Temptations to ZZ Top to Wilson Pickett to Kool and the Gang to Bob Seger to B.B. King to Jimmy Buffett to Joe Cocker to Otis Redding to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Ray Charles to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Marvin Gaye & to the Commodores without shifting gears. This is only a few examples, their repertoire & song selection is endless. They also have the ability to play today’s biggest hits. Their ability to sound authentic is what sets the best apart from the rest. Their headlining sets of funk, classic rock, and R&B dance music has become legendary among fellow musicians & their loyal followers. Joe, Cliff & Gary's vocal work is outstanding. This band has THREE featured lead vocalists that covers all genres of music. Their vocal harmony is stunning & the musicianship of Joe, Cliff, Gary & Charles is unsurpassed at any level.
The band has become a permanent fixture with “Cruisin the Coast” which is a huge annual Gulf Coast classic car event & is now the longest running band booked on Cruising the Coast. They are the most requested band and are booked on multiple stages throughout the week long event, sometimes working 2 stages per day to satisfy all of the site managers requesting them. The band is currently working with Alan Davis and Frasco Entertainment Agency as their exclusive booking agent & Big Mule Productions for Audio & Lighting. The band has also worked with Sound Associates, Concert Systems, Castle Entertainment, and Mike Ford Entertainment. They travel to a lot of one night engagements whether it’s Tallahassee FL, Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Memphis TN, Houston TX, Jackson MS or deep south Louisiana or right here at home on the Gulf Coast. This is the band that “throws down” with the best.
The "brothers" moved to the Gulf Coast music scene in 1977 and worked with the Gulf Coast R&B legend, vocalist Ray Fournier. They teamed up with Joe Zapata in 1979 to re-form Zapata’s Revolution. For 11 years they dominated the Gulf Coast music scene. They were based out of the iconic Gulf Coast night club, The Upstairs Downstairs, for 7 years. They then opened their own Zapata's Tijuana Club for the following 4 years. The "brothers" spent considerable time as staff musicians at Chuck Ryan Studios. Here they cut the first demo soundtrack of the Urban Cowboy movie and #1 hit “Looking for Love” for Johnny Lee. The “brothers” signed with Liberty Records and worked at the hit factory, Studio in the Country, where they recorded “Why Don’t We Talk It Over” that got considerable airplay and hit #1 on the regional charts. They also worked as studio session musicians and recorded on many national commercials, albums and singles. They worked in Nashville on several occasions and opened for acts Alan Jackson. Johnny Lee, Ricky Van Shelton, Vince Gill, Keith Whitley, Leon Everett, Bandana, David Allan Coe, Janie Fricke, Billy Joe Royal, and many others. Cliff has performed on The Grand Ole Opry with several Opry members. The "brothers" also worked on various artists southern rock and blues projects. Joe’s guitar playing and lead vocal work is sensational. He is the cornerstone of the group. Close your eyes and hear the angst of the legends. Joe adds the FLAVOR to the band. Cliff’s powerhouse "Dr. Funk" drum work and vocal abilities is hard-driving and wide open. His mic work keeps the crowd involved, the dance-floor packed and the train rolling on time. He is the group’s “front man” behind the drums. Cliff provides the KICK in the band.
As you can see, THE BARLOW BROTHERS BAND definitely exceeds its definition. This band is extraordinary in that they have endured for more than 36 years with only three band member changes. The band blends its rich heritage of talents in R&B, motown, classic rock, blues, funk, country (just a dab) and modern dance into an eclectic musical experience. Every song they play is or was a well-known hit and packs the dance floor. These guys share a bond of friendship and professionalism that exudes success. Whether the audience is 100 or 10,000, the group’s performance is electrifying. The "brothers" own a state-of-the-art PA and Lighting system that they update on a continual basis as new technology hits the market. Their P.A. and Lighting system can handle a crowd of up to 6000 people, but they also have the ability to customize the system down to fit any event. They employ a sound and lighting production company for larger outdoor events and add special guest horn players to suit the occasions. They regularly use their "funktastic" horn section that features Al "Fish" Herring on trumpet and Todd Bobo on tenor and alto sax. The band also adds guest horn players that perform with them on special occasions that features tenor sax player Bobby O. from New Orleans, tenor/alto sax player Roland Cobb from the Mobile Horns and Mart Avant of the Tuscaloosa Horn Section on trumpet. So, if you’re looking for a band that can do it all, has the full package and travels well, look no farther. We can put your function on the “A” list. Contact THE BARLOW BROTHERS BAND.