Astute country music fans may recognize the name Dave Barnes. If you look at the songwriter credits on Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You,” you’ll find Dave listed with Julian Bunetta. And if you check out Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You,” you’ll find Dave’s name again. Alone this time. A songwriter writing alone doesn’t happen a lot in Nashville anymore, but to then score a No. 1 hit from the effort is almost unheard of.
Dave actually recorded “God Gave Me You” for his own 2010 album, “What We Want, What We Get.” And it’s good. Really good. Good enough to earn him a Top 20 single on both the super competitive adult contemporary and Christian charts.
One of the most likable guys you could ever meet, and obviously incredibly talented, Dave has a knack for another form of entertainment that is gaining him even more attention and fans: comedy.
It’s not musical comedy or anecdotal, and it’s miles from deadpan or dark comedy. Dave’s method of madness is more … well … goofy as heck. And we say that with unequivocal love, affection and respect while still clutching the stitch in our side after having fallen down a rabbit hole of his hilarity on Instagram.
Although his newest album is titled “Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself,” Dave’s Instagram account is filled with Dave just being Dave. It’s sometimes zany — obsessively using filters and alter egos — intentionally awkward and with little consideration given to being viewed as a serious artist.
But he is a serious singer-songwriter … who happens to be hilarious. And while currently, much of Dave’s humor lies on his social media pages, that is about to change as he goes on the entertainment mashup aptly titled “The Tour Where I Sing Songs and Do Stand Up Tour.”
Yes, fans will be able to enjoy the music from Dave’s deep catalog of albums, including “Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself” and the critically-acclaimed “Carry On San Vicente,” inspired by the 1970s Lauren Canyon sound of the Eagles, Linda Rondstadt and Jackson Browne. It’s so good, y’all.
As far as the stand-up part, it is doubtful that his characters like Buford the Guardian Angel, Dr. Dinghy or Johnny Constellation will make an appearance on the tour, but if Dave’s comedy routine is anything like his music, we’re pretty sure that this show is worth the price of a ticket.
If music is healing and laughter is the best medicine, then “The Tour Where I Sing Songs and Do Stand Up Tour” might beat a bottle of Prozac. Right?