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Sunday To-Do: Danny Barnes

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DANNY BARNES
9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

It's a long way from point Delta blues to point punk, but the space in between is jam-packed with all breeds of young, aspiring cowpunks, psychobillies and tattooed hayseeds. But 49-year-old Danny Barnes, a country-punk O.G. ("original gentrifier"), can still storm the alt-country barn with kids half his age. Admittedly, he's the Kurtis Blow to, say, Nashville Pussy's Wu-Tang Clan and he looks more than a little like a cop, but for 20 years the Texan has repurposed the entire idea of "banjo," running it through loop pedals and laptops, scatting over twangy riffs and, in his old band, Bad Livers, using it to rough up classics from Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life") and Motorhead ("Ace of Spades"). He may be an overlooked force to most, but with a recent profile on NPR, outspoken fans in Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon of Phish, real life guitar hero Bill Frisell and college-country icon Robert Earl Keen ready to praise him at the drop of a pick and a nation of folks hungry for alt-country, Barnes may want to brace himself for a sudden explosion. Better late than never.

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