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Chris Barrett

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About Chris Barrett

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Position History

  • Staff Writer
    10/01/2008 - 11/20/2009

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Recent Work

  • Ed Westcott’s Secret City Photos Published 11/14/2012 at 1:57 p.m. 2 Comments

    For most people, memories of the 70-year-old Secret City that produced the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 exist in crisp, perfectly composed black and white images. These photos capture the intense, patriotic purpose of skilled workers and the ...

  • Dave Douglas Turns His Trumpet to the Hymnal on 'Be Still' Published 10/03/2012 at 10:20 a.m.

    The restless trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dave Douglas does not make music for lazy listeners. Since 1993, Douglas has released around three dozen recordings under his own name, and has appeared on many more than that as a sideman. About ...

  • Danny Barnes Rescues the Banjo From Its Unfortunate History Published 03/30/2011 at 9:52 a.m.

    Rather than a loaded artifact, Barnes approaches the banjo as a flexible system of sounds of which he is in control. There are cuts on Pizza Box where Barnes’ banjo has more in common with beatboxing or choral music than ...

  • DeVotchKa: '100 Lovers' Published 03/30/2011 at 8:51 a.m.

    Violinist Tom Hagerman and numerous guests work toward a sound that’s more romantic Russian chamber ensemble and less parade.

  • Subterranean Songbird Jolie Holland Sticks With What She Doesn’t Know Published 01/26/2011 at 4:27 p.m.

    Jolie Holland plays familiar instruments—banjo, accordion, guitars, violin, ukulele, pianos (both toy and the other kind)—in unfamiliar ways that are almost always pretty. She sings as if she has not heard others sing, almost as if she’s French-inhaling her words ...

  • Adventure Is Out There: Climber Conrad Anker Refuses to Sit Still Published 10/18/2010 at 12:02 p.m.

    There is inconvenience and there is adversity, the word choice pretty much depending upon the person doing the suffering. We all know people who can be undone by an interruption of the signal to their iPhone. And on the other ...

  • "The Wildest Dream": Because It's There Published 09/13/2010 at 5:30 p.m.

    The stated reason for the Anker/Houlding expedition, and The Wildest Dream, directed by Anthony Geffen, is to determine whether British mountaineer George Mallory—last seen alive in 1924, 800 feet from the peak of Mount Everest—could have free-soloed Everest’s dread Second ...

  • Billy Bragg Still Wants to Change the World, One Person at a Time Published 09/13/2010 at 12:07 p.m.

    Billy Bragg can present himself believably—and more or less truthfully—as a representative member of England’s working-class majority. Often without judgment, Bragg offers poignant and articulate musical reminders of the many thorns in Britain’s side.

  • Dead Meadow Settles into its Psychedelic Sound Onstage Published 06/16/2010 at 1:43 p.m.

    Neither wholly new nor derivative, Dead Meadow’s trippy, slow-moving fugues call to mind a lot of records that are older than the band’s members (bassist Steve Kille, guitarist Jason Simon and drummer Stephen McCarty). But the players are creative and ...

  • R.E.M. Producer and Former Let's Active Leader Mitch Easter Comments on Taste and Trends Published 04/28/2010 at 9:08 a.m.

    Mitch Easter produced the first recordings of R.E.M. And for years he led—and personified—a band called Let’s Active, fondly remembered for songs about romance or nothing in particular that were delightfully easy to dance to. Actually, they weren’t merely easy ...

  • Local Dealers Sell Out of Buells in Wake of Shut-Down Published 12/02/2009 at 10:22 a.m.

    You have probably heard by now that on October 15, Harley-Davidson announced that its third-quarter income was down by 84 percent. First on the list of fixes was the pulling of the Buell line. Buells justifiably have their fans, without ...

  • Sixty Years and Six Cylinders Published 12/02/2009 at 9:56 a.m.

    Bill Powell, is a Floridian who recently moved to Tennessee for health reasons. He’s 72 years old, and rode his first motorcycle right about 60 years ago. Powell tallies off the long list of motorcycles he’s owned: a KZ1 900, ...

  • The Lady Bikers Hold Their First Rally Published 11/05/2009 at 10:42 a.m.

    In the May 2009 issue we mentioned a fast-growing group of women riders who call themselves, appropriately, The Lady Bikers. They ride together frequently. And at regular meetings and via their website, they stress safety and share information with women ...

  • Snell Gets With the ECE Program Published 11/05/2009 at 10:41 a.m.

    You have probably encountered the news that the Snell Memorial Foundation intends to revise its helmet-safety standards, resulting in a new SNELL 2010 rating you can expect to see in stores soon. Based on reports elsewhere, the shift in standards ...

  • Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally Published 08/27/2009 at 9:50 a.m.

    The three-day Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally and Concert kicks off on Sept. 11, in Cherokee, N.C. This annual event, going on 20 years old, began humbly in a local bingo hall. It was founded by Leverne and Susan Brown, and ...

  • After The Accident Published 08/27/2009 at 9:40 a.m.

    Every time you raise the kickstand, you are aware on some level that you are now at the mercy of forces greater than yourself and your motorcycle—the car and truck drivers who are texting, rocking out, coping with screaming kids, ...

  • Off the Beaten Path Published 07/17/2009 at 1:18 p.m.

    “You can always tell when this stuff is designed by people who don’t ride,” says Francois Saint Laurent. He’s showing a customer protective jacket-and-pants sets, and explaining why the clothing section at Dual Sport Touring, the Blount County shop he ...

  • A Raucous Ride Published 06/29/2009 at 10:10 a.m.

    Dan Paransky’s Blount County shop is rich in large boat motors, motorcycles, and European cars. Giving a tour, he is preceded by a lit cigar that he is not actively smoking, much as the priest follows his censer.

  • Harley's Fat Bob: Minimalist Monster Published 06/29/2009 at 9:19 a.m.

    Full disclosure: the 2009 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob is the first Harley I’ve ridden. And a woman (Angie Cole, who rides a Fat Bob and saw me struggling through the window at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville) had to show me ...

  • How We Roll Published 05/27/2009 at 10:31 a.m.

    Landscape architect and Ducati rider Sara Hedstrom is indulging a stranger, trying to articulate some possible differences between male and female motorcyclists. Hedstrom began riding in 2002. On exactly what, she cannot recall. “Oh what was it?” she asks herself. ...

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