Listen to “Episode 2: Don Barnes, Lead Singer, .38 Special” on Spreaker.


Then and Now: The the Old Industry vs. the New 

Richard Donald “Don” Barnes is an American rock vocalist and guitarist. He is one of the founding members of the Southern rock band 38 Special. Barnes performed lead vocals on many of the group’s biggest hits, including “Rockin’ into the Night,” “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Like No Other Night,” and “Back to Paradise” (from the movie Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise).
We take a look at how artists used got their start back in the 70’s and 80’s and how the landscape has changed with the rise of digital technology. We’ll focus on a few broad topics of interest for emerging artists and delve into them in extensive detail in later shows:
1) Getting gigs in the local scene when starting out
2) Marketing your band locally
3) Getting a record deal vs. the new DIY model