“If you have not heard of Blond Bones…you will soon.” (The Daily Beacon)
Pop/surf rock quartet Blond Bones, comprised of band leader Christian Barnett, guitarist Joey English, bassist Joe Rebrovick and drummer Daniel Ryan, is a new and exciting addition to the Nashville music community.
Their forthcoming EP pulls from a multitude of styles based around each member’s unique and lengthy musical background, providing a distinctive and interesting listening experience. Barnett and Ryan studied jazz at the University of Tennessee, Rebrovick originally studied acting before focusing on music, and English released three solo folk albums under his own name.
But before becoming the current configuration of Blond Bones, they started as an acoustic duo.
“Christian and I were playing weddings and stuff for friends, and then somebody said, 'Hey, I’ll pay you 300 bucks to do this thing,” Rebrovick says, “And it was like, ‘Wait a minute, we can do this and make money at it?’ Then it turned into a serious endeavor.”
The group quickly began making a name for themselves in the flourishing artistic scene of nearby Knoxville, Tenn, receiving praise from Knoxville Mercury for their “…excellent guitar-playing, and…real talent for complex arrangements” and Inside of Knoxville applauding their “dynamic range” and “solidly written songs” throughout a sound described as “reverb-filled shimmering rock.”
They released an EP in 2016, a collection of songs based around the struggle of a family living in the American South, exploring the distinct personal lives of each member. Since writing and recording those songs, the band experienced a sonic shift moving their sound toward pop and dance music.
Touring, playing, writing and promotion are all on the horizon, with each member devoted to their musicianship and deeply passionate about sharing it with others.
“When I hear a really great piece, or I hear a really good player and they connect with me, my immediate response is to give back,” says Barnett. “I want to somehow establish communication with that person.”
“Music is magic, and there’s something really, really special about it,” adds Rebrovick. “And to be able to create that and share it with friends, well there’s nothing better than that in my opinion.”