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Appealing to both Christian and secular fans with his thoughtful brand of pop/rock, Dave Barnes comes across as the Guy Next Door, albeit an unusually talented one. Golden Days plays to the singer/songwriter’s strengths by matching bittersweet observations about everyday life with melodies that suggest everyone from John Mayer to Stevie Wonder. As on past releases, Barnes infuses his tunes with a sincerity that makes each song seem autobiographical. He draws on his years as a performer to capture the touring musician’s life at its most joyful (“Twenty-Three”) and wearisome (“Hotel Keys”). Romantic tunes like “Loving Los Angeles” and “All She Wants Is You” paint portraits of yearning lovers with deft strokes. Barnes is a keen-eyed observer of married couples, as revealed in the funk-tinged banter of “Little Civil War.” Golden Days keeps things moving with arrangements that veer into disco (“Can’t She Try”) and ‘60s-style beach music (“Something More”). Faith is a constant (if sometimes subdued) element here, with “Good” standing out for its celebration of a family man’s blessings.

Customer Reviews

Dear Mr. Barnes

I honestly don’t know how you keep coming up with ridiculously passionate and meaningful songs that breath life into my soul. Your last album, Stories to Tell, is still a part of my regular playlist. Most albums get old after about a month, but not yours my friend. Thank you so much. This album’s release date cannot come soon enough!

It's Okay

Stories to Tell was incredible. One of my favorite albums of all time, from any artist, so you can imagine how disappointed I was in this album. Granted, there are a couple songs on this album that scream "classic Dave!", but other than a couple, this album really lacks those catchy melodic lines and harmonies that make Dave so great. I love the way his music ebbs and flows and dips and has several elements of acoustic, piano, and electric influence. I didn't see that in this album, and it was saddening. Dave is still my boy and a musical genius, but for me personally, this didn't light my fire like usual.

Golden Album!

First of all, Wow!!! You & Ed Cash are a musical match made in heaven! Your singing, playing & writing reach new heights on this one. The lyrics are just beyond amazing for me. I’m sure I'll have them memorized very soon. Thank you Barnesy for continuing to make such awesome music. You truly make this world a better place with your music, even if you don’t know it.


Born: June 20, 1978 in South Carolina

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although born in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Dave Barnes spent most of his childhood in Mississippi, where he formed an early attachment to hip-hop but was also exposed to classic soul, blues, and R&B by his parents. He later enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and began writing songs for other artists. Barnes also played solo shows on campus, and by the time he graduated with a degree in recording industry management, he'd decided to pursue his own music career. Barnes moved to...
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