• By mrsmusic40
  • July 22, 2019


Brightwire is an Americana duo born from a household of musicians and hailing from southeast Texas. Combining elements of folk, rock, country, punk and whatever else they happen to get interested in, they weave tales of lives lived in our world today. For them, music is about inclusion and letting others know they are not alone in their struggles.

Samuel Barker (Vocals/Guitar) has come up through the Houston Americana/Alt Country scene with bands like The Wayward Sons, The Dragliners and his own solo endeavors. Kimberly Barker (Vocals/Organ) spent her youth as a member of various choirs, honing her vocal chops.

After helping with the recording of Samuel’s solo album, These Lonesome Nights, Kimberly hit the road to help promote the release. A couple of years later, the duo was married and writing songs together. The product of these adventures is A Place to Call Home.

The album title comes not just from the band’s matrimonial endeavor, but also due to hometown musicians and, most importantly, friends who helped fill out the album. John Stoll (Grifters & Shills) added electric guitar work to Crystal Beach and In the Distance, Michael Helfenstein (The Grizzly Band) added dobro to the majority of the album and Nathan Taylor (Little Outfit) threw in some country licks on Burning It Down. Combining that with mixing/production help from all members of Little Outfit and Grifters & Shills, you get a real effort from the place Brightwire calls home.

Hope you enjoy the work of the band and its friends.


Randall Conrad Olinger (RCO) creates a cunning brand of Americana that whips through the saloon doors on a warm breath of wind, settles onto the barstool next to you and keeps you company through the next morning’s hangover. 

RCO is an original act, and the music generated by this one-man melodic powerhouse conjures images of a six-string balladeer rolling amid a New Orleans cavalcade on a rickety oxcart drawn by an ornery one-eyed mule.

RCO’s musical journey began as a teenager, jamming with high school friends before enlisting in the Navy with just a rucksack and an old electric guitar. Years of playing incognito in what he refers to as “a floating prison” readied him for the real world — where music could be indulged in without consequence. His prolific work as the creative force behind legendary Denver band Workhorse and the inimitable Nautilus gradually gave way to his solo act, which he began in earnest in 2011.

RCO’s multi-instrumental attack slings forth an eclectic array of textures. Imagine: percussive rhythms stomped onto self-styled contraptions accompanied by a resonant banjo twang or the amplified caterwaul of slide guitar.

RCO sings of waterways, revenge, wanderlust and redemption with a hybrid howl that is equal parts road-tested rock and roller and soulfully embattled southern bluesman. This former sailor’s musical creations are not merely songs. Rather, they are movements that draw you in, sweep you up and carry you along with the current — sometimes delivering you to portside solace and other times pulling you out unto the bedlam of the open sea. 


Clancy Jones is a conscientious writer with a calloused touch. His voice sways and swings with every bending chord and lyric, and his lyrics are heart worn and road tested. Here are a few pieces of his life in a nutshell:

“I was born and raised in deep Southeast Texas, 40 miles from the Louisiana border. I grew up fast and rough. My parents were wild and crazy then they had me plus four more. By age eleven, I got my first real job cutting two yards a week during the summer and on the weekends, as well as working nights at a local fishing pier.

So let us fast forward to me at age 25 when I decided to move to Austin, Texas and become a rockstar. HA! I moved with ten songs I had written over the past five years which were pure shit. This time of my life was probably the lowest I had ever endured so I packed my bags, left Austin and became a boilermaker.

I worked over eight years as a boilermaker all while honing my craft for writing songs in motel rooms and port-a-johns at work. I would play my songs late at night with other boilermakers who had similar dreams. It opened my eyes and ears to a whole new world of the working man/blue collar music. I finally found a way to use my life experiences to my advantage. I write songs that are somewhat hopeful and sometimes downright depressing. I write about the raw tenderness of being alive.”  – Clancy Jones

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