GB Roots - Kirby Green and Dave Barber - came together through their unusual love of bluegrass and Americana -- well, unusual for Western Canadians at least. “There aren’t many opportunities to play bluegrass in Canada, but it was my first love,” says Barber. The two met in Edmonton at Grant MacEwan University, where Green studied bass and Barber studied guitar. While in college, both began establishing themselves in the Alberta music scene, but ultimately wanted to start a project that would allow them to write and perform their original music.
Thus, GB Roots was born and soon the duo found their debut, 2012's The Key, nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and charting on the Roots Music Report in both the United States and Canada. Now, the Vancouver-based duo are prepping the release of their new album, Tumbleweed, on March 2nd. Collectively produced by the band and Mitch Merrett, Tumbleweed finds Green and Barber creating an Americana sound that features their highly-skilled instrumentation, contemplative songwriting, and soulful vocals - all of which can be heard on the album’s first single, “Better Get Your Gun”, which TDC is incredibly proud to premiere today.
A story song about an outlaw, "Better Get Your Gun," features a fiercely dark spoken introduction before barreling into the bluesy track which is led by the twosome's soulful vocals, a propulsive back beat, and crisp guitar riffs. A take no prisoners reflection on a life lived, "Better Get Your Gun" relays a story that is individual, yet universal, drawing on life struggles, uncertainty, and making wrong decisions.
The duo had this to say of the tune,
"Better Get Your Gun” is the story of a broken outlaw in the last moments before his death as the gunslinger stands above the trap door with a noose around his neck. The outlaw looks back on his life of running and how he has lived with and will die with a gun by his side. "Better Get Your Gun" sets the stage for the rest of the forthcoming album, Tumbleweed, as it explores the life and death of an outlaw on the run and deals with the everyday human struggles of good, evil and addiction."
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