Tyler Jameson Barnes was an American poet, composer and luthier. He was also an excellent cook. The son of the actress Joyce Jameson and the famous composer and entertainment artist Billy Barnes, he was living in Hawaii when he wrote and composed « I’m Really Glad I Met Her » for his friend Jay Ryan and more specifically for the album UP THE MISSISSIPPI by Jay and the Cooks. Tyler had just quit the cooking stove and it gave him a boost to maybe start up a group again.Tyler and Jay’s friendship goes went back a long way. They both came from California in the region around Los Angeles. They were both born in the early 50’s. Tyler grew up in Hollywood and Jay in Long Beach. The they both changed regions and finally ran into each other in Austin, Texas in the 70’s.Last year Tyler decided to come back to the mainland and we lost track of him for a while. In the end he found love again with the women of his life; finally settled down in Arizona, Tyler Jameson Barnes has just ended his travels. I'm Really Glad I Met Herby Tyler Jameson BarnesWell she used to love me then But she sure don’t love me nowWell she used to love me then But she doesn’t love me nowWell I wanted her to love me Any way and any howWell she’s probably in a mental hospital Or locked down tight in jailWell she’s probably in a mental hospital (you know, one of those institutions) Or locked down tight in jailAnd if I had a dollar I wouldn’t go her bailI’m on another road now baby Don’t think our paths are gonna crossI’m on another road now baby Don’t think our paths are gonna crossI’m really glad I met you Nothin’ ventured nothin lost 2017 - Éditions AMOC
When I was in high school I played trombone in the Algonac Michigan High School marching band. In 1966 we were invited to march in the big parade in Chicago that brought together the best Marching bands from the area.I didn’t even know that Muddy Waters was playing in a blues club that same night in the South Side. I didn’t even know he existed!Later my family moved to Elkhart, Indiana, which is even closer to Chicago. but I still hadn’t heard a thing about Muddy Waters, the real thing!When I finally got ahold of a record and spun it on my record player in Texas at the age of 19 it changed my life.In ‘75 I lived in Austin, Texas. Down there they mix it up. At the Armadillo Club they had every kind of band you could think of. In particular, there was Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen… they played rock-a-billy, blues, country, whatever, trucker songs….The Fabulous Thunderbirds played straight blues, Clifton Chenier form Louisiana played Zydeco at Antone’s every month…. all this music came from along the Mississippi.From New Orleans up through the Delta, on to Memphis, Saint Louis, its tributaries (The Ohio and Chicago rivers) into Kentucky and Chicago, Nashville isn’t far, and well, Bob Dylan was born in the State where the river starts.In 1998 I was at the Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis. We rented a big Cadillac and drove it across the Mississippi into Arkansas. It’s big, it’s dangerous, it’s muddy, the people that live along its banks are mostly poor, but it is one of the most stupendous sights and metaphors in the USA for many Authors.This project is not trying to reproduce the same thing that has already be done by the greats. It’s a very personal take on and homage to the music that has influenced me and the band for our entire lives with a majority of original songs.There’s no getting around it. I don’t come from Mississippi, I can’t and don’t want to sing like the guys from Clarksville, but the message they and the folks in Memphis and Nashville sent out to the world is what this is all about.With this creation, I also wanted to give a good place to the literature. I contacted Greil Marcus who accepted that I integrate into the show extracts of « Mystery Train ». The Minnesota Historical Society Press also accepted that I insert passages of « A Stretch on the to river » by Richard Bissell. Also, you will hear short extracts of « Adventures of Huckleberry Finn » by Mark Twain in a traditional and improvised sound atmosphere.