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Published on December 21st, 2011 | by Newt Rayburn


Local Musician: Jim Barrett

Jim Barrett will be playing New Year’s Eve at Proud Larry’s with ILLLS, Flight, Child Star, and Dent May.

Interview from The Local Voice #146 – by Kim Holloway

Jim Barrett photograph by Mike Stanton

Jim Barrett photograph by Mike Stanton

Music style/genre: Pop
Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
Early music experience: Learned to play the drums with pots and pans, toy drumset, first drumset at 10 or 11
Favorite musicians / bands: David Byrne, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Go West
Music schooling: Primarily self taught, drum lessons one summer
Favorite style / genre: R & B
Favorite instrument: Banjuitar, combination of banjo and guitar
Where do you practice: Either a band member’s house, Dude Ranch, wherever
Have you ever been hassled for practicing: parent’s house, garage
What was the first concert you witnessed: Saliva at Memphis in May
What bands have you played in: Young Buffalo, ILLLS, Flight, Child Star, & Night Light
One thing you would like to change about Oxford’s music scene: More jam bands
Most famous person you’ve jammed with: Martin Powell
Do you have a ‘day’ job: Mover for 3 Men and a Truck Moving, Party Waiting to Happen Catering
Where do you hang out in Oxford: City Grocery, South Depot, or the Dude Ranch
Aspirations: Sitting on a pile of grammies and gold records, sippin bubbly throwin dolla bills
If you could play for thousands of people, where and when would it be: Thousands of people in a crop circle in Hawaii.

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

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