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BARLEY STATION has become a top Indie recording artist scoring #1 and top 10 songs on a myriad of charts,
both indie and mainstream in the US such as FMQB, New Music Weekly, National Radio Hits,
The Independent Music Network and overseas on the European Indie Charts with songs that cross
into multiple genres. It is about making music for the love of art in musical form.
The mellifluous sounds of Barley Station can be detected not only in their intricately written lyrics,
but also in their sound with layers of real, organic harmonies, driving rhythms, and contagious melodies.
Although the band pulls a distinctive Alternative vibe, in terms of genre, most reviewers, fans, and radio
claim that the Barley Station signature is a genre crossover blend of Americana, Country, Pop, Folk, and
even Rock/Alternative which is authentic and original.
The band's founder and frontman, Randy Wayne Belt, cultivated his artistic edge through Musical Theater and Acting.
Randy has also picked up the pen, not only as a songwriter, but also as a Music Journalist and is also, contributing
writer for Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine. His work has also been published in American Pride Magazine,
Indie Habit, and A.V.A. Live Radio.
Some of the newest music has appeared on multiple compilation Albums through Bongo Boy Records (Bongo Boy Records Asia) and are being actively marketed to Asia via Music Dish China and Bongo Boy Records with distribution and promotions in Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, mainland China and more). The band also has dedicated pages on services in China.
After All (February 2012)
Going back further, the band’s debut album ‘After All’ stayed in the top 40 in the Country/Alt. genre for four consecutive months (including two months in the top 10) on the APD Global Radio Indicator Charts TM. The album has appeared on the Roots Music Charts, and on the CMJ reporting stations that added songs into rotation. Those songs broke through the top 30 by the second week. The group toured the United States to support “After All” (and “Damaged Goods”) with astounding live performances which broadened and strengthened their fan base further.
Damaged Goods (June 2013)
Singles from their most recent album, ‘Damaged Goods’ have received heavy rotation in radio, landed a #1 song on the Official European Independent Music Charts, are being added to Popular and large Spotify playlists, and have been well received by their fans internationally. The video for the song “Younger Summer Memories” from that album has been featured on the Bongo Boy Rock n' Roll TV Show series episode 1057 which has exclusive national airtime to over 15 million viewers in the USA on 9 major cable companies. (NBCUniversalComcast, FiOS, CableVision, Time Warner, RCN, AT TUverse, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Suddenlink) GO INDIE TV ROKU Channel in Canada, The UK and The USA to name a few). The same song also won a spot in the Radio Airplay sponsored Summer Songs 2017 contest and was added in rotation on Jango Radio’s Independent Summer 2017 Playlist.
Singles & Covers (2014 – present)
Constantly in the studio, after the release and a tour of Damaged Goods, the band began to transition their earlier recordings to more revised and newly cultivated Barley Station sound without compromising consistency and quality and the singles 4th of July, I've Got News and Double Star were released in 2015. Then in 2016, Like Destiny and Must Be Something were released followed by the covers When The Stars Go Blue (Ryan Adams) and Treacherous (Taylor Swift) and have been well accepted among their loyal fan base.
In 2017 the year started with another gentle single called Just Begun followed by the release of the album Back There Somewhere. With a lot of radio in France and Europe, the band decided to release a french language version of a song from Back There Somewhere which was retitled Baisers Volés. Then shortly thereafter a Holiday song Hear The Christmas Call was released.
Just after the new year began in 2018, another cover, the Madonna Top 10 song from the 80s Borderline, was redone with a rock edge and with the addition of harmony vocals lended by the band's friend across the pond in Britain, Verity White. 3 more singles followed that starting with a more beat driven song titled Paper Goddess followed by two more singles Like You For You and Contagious Smile. 2019 began with the single Out of Reach, followed by a collaboration with Kevin Gullickson of the band Radio Drive on a cover of The Beatles song Two of Us (Let It Be album) which was released in Oct. 2019.
Back There Somewhere (2017)
The band recently released a new full-length album titled ‘Back There Somewhere’ on September 14, 2017 and already, radio in North and South America and
To cap off 2017 with a bang, the band released a Christmas song titled “Hear The Christmas Call” and is currently working on their fourth album with plans for a late 2018 release. In the meantime, a cover version of Madonna’s 1984 Top 10 Billboard Hit “Borderline” was released on March 20, 2018.
This version is a bit of rock and pop more akin to Madonna’s version from the 2010 Sticky and Sweet Tour and has a male lead vocal with a female guest vocalist adding leading harmonies to give the song new texture and dimension.
Passing Through Time (2019)
A 12 song album was released on Nov. 5, 2019. So far this album has generated two #1 songs and a third top 10 on the Indie Euro Charts.
In 2013, Barley Station were nominated for "Best Country Artist" and "Best Folk Artist" for AIMA (Artists In Music) Awards followed by their nomination in 2014 for "Best Country Artist" and "Best Composer/Songwriter" also at AIMA. The band was a contestant in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown and has been interviewed internationally by numerous radio and magazine publications, including an extensive interview with the Entertainment Vine. The band has also been featured and performed live on FOX 2 News, and The Dave Glover Show on 97.1 FM in their home base area of St. Louis, MO.
Throughout 2015 they won ‘Best Video’ award for ‘Younger Summer Memories’, and multiple ‘Best Song’ awards from the Akademia Music Awards for ‘10 Nights’ and ‘Younger Summer Memories’. In 2017, Barley Station was submitted for nomination for the Americana Music Awards in the ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artist’ categories. In 2018 Barley Station received 6 Nominations at the NMW (New Music Weekly) Awards: New Top 40 Artist; Top 40 Breakthrough artist of the year; AC/Hot AC Group of the year; New AC/Hot AC Group of the year; New Country Group of the Year; and Crossover Artist Group of the Year.
"This group always brings top drawer tunage"
- Music Is Truth (Station), Indie Music People
“Barley Station is a rare breed of band that successfully combines all of your favorite genres into a unique sound of their own.”
- Jan Ostegard, Entertainment Vine
“Rootsy alternative country at its best... ‘I Found You’ will find itself at home in any country music fan’s collection.”
- Eric De Fontenay, Music Dish Journal
"They blend alternative country and rootsy folk-rock into a style that has all the pop appeal of the classic Jayhawks records, but remains earthy and resolutely unpolished. It’s a win / win for me, and I’m sure they’d appeal to both No Depression readers and fans of first generation country rock”
- Leicester Bangs (UK)
"Barley Station has an addictive “twang” about their music that, honestly, I never knew I liked. In fact, I had to make a new category in the Genre section for Country just for them."
"this group is not one to get labeled into one specific genre of music. I say kudos to them for branching out and making music they want to make."
- Maxim Daniels, IT's All About That Music
"it's clear that this is a band that is going in a consistent, forward direction and show no signs of stopping. "Double Star" is brilliant in its Immaculate Conception, composition, and imagery that is evoked when listening but it is also just a small piece of the pie when you consider the capacity and the quality of music that the band has already produced and recorded."
-CA Marshall in Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine
"Barley Station has created a classic Christmas folk song mixing elements of Americana, folk and rock. The lyrics stick to the classic Christmas story, yet the song sounds refreshingly new... The “Christmas Call” is an invitation to gather “one and all” and folks will be gathering around this song for years to come."
-Please Pass The Indie