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DARKBIRD is a universal story that draws on the human element that I believe we all face during life’s opportunities and downfalls while striving to achieve our dreams. It’s an important topic for all artists, especially those striving to achieve what is often unattainable. I’ve been following the band on and off the stage since July, 2021, with a plan to continue following their music journey through 2023.
Currently in production.
"I WANTED TO BE HERE, I WANTED TO BEHAVE, BUT IT'S SO HARD TONIGHT"
Lyrics to the first song Kelly and Brian would ever write together set the stage for the romantic waterloo that would become Darkbird. Kelly Barnes left Los Angeles after a broken marriage resulted in a broken band. Just prior to the move, she unexpectedly hit international success, as the vocalist on the massive hit “Get Shaky” with the late DJ Ian Carey. While the track and a few others were financially significant to the ex-wife and waitress, Kelly was ready to explore another path that was more personally expressive.
After a tragic house fire in NYC, Brian Cole opted for a fresh start. As his belongings smoldered in the winter snow, he decided to pack up what was left and head south in search of warmer days and better luck. Ironically, while most go to LA or NYC to make their dreams come true, Brian and Kelly found each other on the musician page on Craigslist in Austin, TX. While they had hoped to leave their pasts behind, inevitably, the heartbreaks found a place they call home in Darkbird.
Just tie a little string around my legs
I'll be your kite
I'm waiting for the fall to come
And I'll crawl out of your life
-Ballad of a Junebug, Darkbird
Kelly Barnes // Brian Cole // Chris Spencer // Ethan Yeager // Damien Howard // Eric Wilson
The band was recently announced on the lineup for ACL Festival 2022.
Here's a link to their latest EP Ballad of a Junebug which was released on 4/1.
- 'Heartbeat' Music Video - https://youtu.be/getQz42pO54
- Sold Out EP Release Show @ 3TEN ACL Live (April, 2022)
- Performing at ACL Festival 2022
- Radio Support on KROX, KUTX, ACL Radio and Sun Radio
- Heartbeat, added to rotation on KUTX Austin
- Middle Kids, Tokyo Police Club Support Shows
- Black Fret Grant Recipients 2020/2021
- 2022 SXSW Official Showcasing Artist
- F1 Performance at COTA