3rd: Hello Barna, introduce yourself to the 3rd Outing fans?
Barna: Hi Third Outing, my name is Barna, I grew up in Missouri, and finally made my way to Portland, Oregon within the last five years. I've always been interested in the idea of writing and sharing my own songs. Since I've started, I've been having trouble doing anything but that.
3rd: Describe Barna Howard's sound in one sentence?
Barna: Maybe if country and folk music had a kid? It's all relative of course.
3rd: The first time we heard your music was watching the movie Drinking Buddies. Were you happy with the reception your first album received?
Barna: I am. Many kind messages from new fans made it worthwhile. I was happy to hear that the album reached some folks.
3rd: So Barna, tell us more about Quite A Feelin'?
Barna: I like to look at this one as a bit of a continuation of the first record. There were a few more stories I wanted to share. I was able to find more once I started seeing the album more clearly as a whole.
'I think folk music acts as a great outlet for sharing stories clearly. If done correctly, it works. Many of my favorite songs remain so, strictly because of the lyrics. I would like to imagine folk music can ride alongside any generation'.
3rd: You're now based in Portland. How's the city? I've heard it's buzzing these days! Do you ever bump into the Jarmans from The Cribs or Johnny Marr for that matter!
Barna: Portland turned out to be just what I was looking for. It's more of a big town, really, and it's saturated heavily in the arts. There's something going on every night that's worth checking out, it seems. It's hard to stay home, because everything is so damn close and easy to get to. Wonderful people, as well! No, I have not run into the Jarmans or Johnny just yet.
3rd: We love folk music. We also think we need new musicians to define our generation. Have you always been playing folk music or is there a heavy power pop record hidden somewhere? And can folk define this generation?
Barna: It's always been the folk vein for me. I dabbled with some electric guitar back in high school, but that's about it. I think folk music acts as a great outlet for sharing stories clearly. If done correctly, it works. Many of my favorite songs remain so, strictly because of the lyrics. I would like to imagine folk music can ride alongside any generation.
3rd: It was nice talking to you, Barna. Last question. Do you remember the first gig you ever went to and the first record you bought?
Barna: I would have to say seeing Yo La Tengo at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis. Sadly, that venue is no longer. The first album I remember buying would have to be the Green Day "Dookie" cassette.