New Music from Sunbelly Music: Barry Muir “She’s A Little Wildflower”
“She’s A Little Wildflower” is the second single/video off Barry Muir’s recently released album, “Gentle”. The song, written by Barry Muir, Joanne Stacey and Lucy LeBlanc is about a young woman with a gypsy like attitude and an infectious spirit who comes and goes in and out of people’s lives breaking hearts along the way. Parts of the song were recorded in Nashville, Henderson, TN and Barry’s home studio in Toronto and Zoom played an important role in bringing all the parts together. “Gentle” is Barry’s 10th solo effort in as many years with each album more ambitious than the previous one.
Barry got his musical start playing the bar scene in Western Canada. At barely 20, he moved to Vancouver where he soon found his way into the original music scene playing bass guitar on several recording projects. He eventually joined the Payola$, led by Bob Rock-producer of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Cru to name a few. That year, the Payola$ went on to have a tremendous single with “Eyes Of A Stranger” and win two Juno awards. Barry was nominated for bass player of the year for the 1983 Juno all star band alongside Geddy Lee and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve who not long ago where his musical idols. During Barry’s tenure with the band they toured with The Go Go’s, Rush, Cheap Trick and head lined their own shows in 130 US and Canadian cities.
In Bob Rock’s early days as a producer, he would use Barry to play bass. One of those recording artists Bob worked with was Barney Bentall. Barry immediately bonded with Barney and his band. They became the Legendary Hearts and the demos they recorded led to a multi album deal with Epic/Columbia. Their debut, self-titled album garnered a hit single with “Something To Live For” that to this day is a staple on classic rock stations. 1989 was a very productive year for the band and it was the second time Barry played an integral part in winning a Juno award for Most Promising Group of the Year.
When talking about Barry’s musical journey, one couldn’t leave out the years spent playing in the critically acclaimed band, “The Blue Shadows” picked by MacLeans magazine as one of the top 20 bands in the world. The late great Billy Cowsill could sing like a bird as Jeffery Hatcher’s voice intertwined so beautifully, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and The Beatles. Since then, Barry has worked in finance and has become a producer in his own right at his home studio in Toronto.