Growing up in Seattle, Barns Courtney’s passion for music was apparent early on. The first album that really captured his imagination was Nirvana’s Nevermind, which he listened to every day for a year while walking to school. When he was 14, an aunt gave him a guitar, which proved to be a pivotal event.
He began performing, bouncing between various bands, and also expanded his musical palette. Barns Courtney dedicated himself to his songwriting.
Over time, Barns Courtney cobbled together a demo tape and sent it around as best he could. It turned out that a friend of his was also a friend of a booking agent, who fell in love with the songs. And miraculously, once they started circulating within the music industry, the floodgates opened.
Released in February 2017, his debut EP, The Dull Drums, contained “Fire”—which has more than 12 million streams globally, with half of those in the U.S.—and “Glitter & Gold”—which has more than 8.5 million streams worldwide—plus three brand new songs. Paste Magazine hailed him as “The Best of What’s Next” and noted, “There’s confidence. And then there’s the swaggering self-assurance displayed by raspy-throated…blues rocker Barns Courtney on his recent single ‘Fire,’ a swampy, Gospel-steeped stomper.”
For Barns Courtney, an overnight sensation who was years in the making, the greatest pay-off for his work comes when he takes the stage each night.