Close To Home

by Serious Sam Barrett

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Al's Song 02:51
So Near 03:50
Heather 02:39


YaDig? Records is a collective set up by Sam and Matt as a way of traversing through the murk of the 'industry' and 'business' of music and trying to answer an age old question..."Can you morally and artistically run a successful label in a world of rampant capitalism?". Whilst we work out an answer to that stinker of a problem we'll be trying to not only put records out in a NOT FOR PROFIT way (By making sure any profits go back into such obvious things as paying not only for new guitar strings, recording time, pressing of the records, travel expenses etc BUT also to give a fair wage and cut to those people that help us get the label looking so damn great i.e. Sami and Russ (Who do the artwork for the sleeves and T-Shirts), Roz and Vince (Who screen-print the sleeves and T-Shirts of said artwork ) and on top of that we'd like to fund things we actually think are worthwhile like D.I.Y. skatespots, a better screen-press or perhaps one day our own record-press....Anyhow, enough about what we'd like to do and more about what we have done....

Currently in it's 2nd Pressing in the physical world it comes as a screen printed vinyl ONLY album with a free CD and inserts... So far it's won plenty of great press including coming getting voted number 29 in Artrockers top 100 albums of 2009 and it's generated plenty of great praise.

“Barrett has become a master of his craft”-BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE..

“Serious Sam Barrett plays traditional songs and his own compositions from the Leeds delta on a big 12-string guitar and resonator. Close To Home, his debut album is bright and brash and very good”. ROCK N' REEL MAGAZINE (R2)

“Deliciously home-grown, this is a rewarding collection of songs that could well renew your faith in underground folk scenes. This stripped down and raw album is riddled with the gritty reality of this artist's Northern life and makes no apologies” ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

“An endlessly playable delight from beginning to end”- VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE (USA)


released August 14, 2009


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Serious Sam Barrett (YaDig? Records) West Yorkshire, UK

Serious Sam Barrett is a hard touring, folk and country singer from Yorkshire. Playing honest, heartfelt self penned and traditional songs on 12 string guitar and banjo.

“The sustained brilliance of this playing is really something to behold.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English.” Uncut Magazine
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