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Chris Barron from Spin Doctors

October 18, 201412 min
After the Spin Doctors went on hiatus in 1999, lead singer Chris Barron set off on what he calls “a journeyman songwriting experience,” composing tunes with Blues Traveler’s John Popper (a close high-school friend from Barron’s teenage days in Princeton, NJ) and with former BMI executive Jeff Cohen. He also returned to his early roots as a solo singer/guitarist, performing acoustic sets in some of the downtown Manhattan clubs where the Spin Doctors got their start. He also released a solo album, Shag, in 2001, and launched a new band, the Give Daddy Five. Barron has traveled extensively around the world, performing solo shows and pursuing a variety of musical collaborations. In 2009, he released another solo effort, Pancho and the Kid. The following year, he released Songs from the Summer of Sangria, with his new combo, the Time Bandits. Barron has been particularly active in Norway, where he’s participated in songwriting camps with some of Europe’s leading songwriters, and started a c

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