Bartees Strange: "I'm very into showing that things from different genres work really well within each other"

Bartees Strange
(Image credit: Farrah Skeiky)

If you’ve seen the video for Boomer, one of the singles from last year’s Live Forever debut by Bartees Strange, you may have spotted the D.C.-based musician blurring the boundaries of genre as a one-man band.

The song itself journeys through flavors of post-punk, hip-hop, blues and soul in a way that feels excitingly cohesive, both unpredictable and familiar at the same time. By the singer-songwriter’s own admission, it was one of the most challenging tracks to write for his first solo album...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).