Serving Alternative Country and Americana from Hamburg, Germany
Barman’s Burden are…
Hocker – Vocals, guitar, bass, harp
At the age of ten, my mama dropped me off at a pitch black Berlin pre-war appartment. Inside sits a guitar teacher as old as the stone who draws the parts of a guitar in a music notebook. I soon learn the two finger alternate picking and classic songs like Kuckuck, Heissa Kathreinerle and In dulci jubilo. This shapes me. As of today, I still recognize a major sixth because of the beginning of Durchs Wiesental gang i.
But somehow all I want is to rock and sing like Jimi Hendrix, and I celebrate a critical success at the age of 13 strumming on my well-weathered acoustic guitar and Roll Over Beethoven. The next assembly hall cheers as well as I strum Sweet Georgia Brown on Ecki’s ’68 Gibson ES-335 and he performs a slick step dance. Fast forward a century, I meet in Hamburg the drummer “Non-Smokey” Phil. I ask him whether I might sing in his band and he says “okay”. Music, that much I have learned, is all about singing. But you also need the right BB buddies!
Matt – Bass, guitar, backing vocals
Little Matt was never really that interested in music. But when the cinema came along he became aware of the ingenious soundtracks of e.g. “down by law”, “paris-texas” or “o brother where art thou?” Since Matt could never handle 6 strings very well, at some point he decided to forego 2 strings and to play the bass of the southern states from now on. No matter what you think of the south of the USA – the music is great !!!
Holly – Guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
His first electric guitar was made of Lego. That wasn’t bad at all, just the elastic strings were hard to tune. When he heard Roy Buchanan, he unfortunately also wanted that nasty creaking and screeching and saved for a Telecaster with his pocket money. Then he copied tracks back and forth with droning cassette recorders to write songs about love and sex for nerdy bands. World hits, for the nirvana of the misunderstood. Now, at a set age, when “all buttons on 10” is no longer soooo good in bands, country fits you better, says his shrink. At Barman’s Burden he is even allowed to play a solo now and then. … and everyone thinks: “Oh man, Holly, grow up …” But, alas, keep living the lie, that rock’n’roll is alive, and that things are gonna change!!
“Non-Smokey” Phil – Drums
“Non-Smokey” Phil (named after the Western Swing legend “Smokey” Dacus) has been playing the drums with enthusiasm for over thirty years, not loudly, but with a feel, musically and supporting the song. His love for country music began with his father’s Johnny Cash records, but it didn’t really take off until much later. “With age you start to be interested in country music”, as Guz, who died much too early, sang with the Swiss band The Aeronauten. He loves vintage drums and their sound – even when it rattles and creaks. Honky Tonk and Western Swing are at the top of “Non-Smokey” Phil’s “love of music” list, but folk and noise rock can also warm his heart. He started out in indie pop and rock in Hesse, Freiburg, Trier and Bielefeld, Germany, played various live performances with the cult geocaching band “Dosenfischer” from Schwerin, Germany, to Switzerland, and in Hamburg he takes care of Barman’s Burden Groove and swing together with Matt on bass.