Portland, Oregon resident Kenneth Barton is obsessed with playing guitar. It began way back in 1976 when some of his schoolmates performed Three Dog Night’s Joy to The World for his 6th grade class. His Mom responded by renting him an acoustic guitar and by the time he’d completed high school he’d become nearly inseparable from his Gibson Les Paul. Barton was a bit of renaissance guy in that a number of other passions would interfere with his guitar habit as his life moved along. Barton is most well known as the guitar player and primary songwriter for the 1990’s bands Suntribe and Petal, but since 2001 he’s been absent from the music scene. He was known as a “quirky” guy by his former band mates and so it’s no surprise his 2012 comeback LP Falling Out was a very unusual album; a mixture of heavy rock, power pop, a ballad or two and a few songs so different it is hard to guess where they might of come from. Like Falling Out, his new followup LP Simple Songs is nothing less than a musical adventure.
Barton is currently performing with a re-fromed trio version of his 1990's band Petal, along with a number of temporary side projects. In January 2016 he began work on a studio EP with singer Tara Walker. A new Petal EP or LP is possible as well.