Twirl Radio #816 – Steve Barton

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Piramid Scheme | Next Hero | Get Rich Quick Too
Daniel Trigger | Penitence | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Steve Barton interview
Steve Barton | Don’t Think It Over | Tall Tales & Alibis 2
Steve Barton | Where Did I Go Wrong | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Trevor And The Joneses | Gotta Run | Take You To Stay
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Gretchen’s Wheel | Walk Out | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
The American Professionals | W.M.P.M.S. | Sympathetic Overdrive
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Carnival Of Soul | Let’s Start Tonight | Carnival Of Soul
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape


On today’s show, we meet the legendary Steve Barton, founder, singer, and songwriter of Translator! He just released not one, not two, but three albums! That’s no small feat in this age of short attention spans, downloaded singles, streaming, and EPs.

This 37 song collection is called “Tall Tales and Alibis, Albums 1, 2 and 3”. Magnificent stuff. Each album has its own sound and personality, and if you are lucky enough as I was, to have time to listen to all three straight through, you’ll be treated to a sort of symphony in three movements. Acoustic and upbeat, slow and introspective, and then full band assault. The songwriting is terrific and the vocals are upfront. On Album 3, we are treated to two great drummers: Translator’s Dave Scheff, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and the Attractions! As you might imagine, you’ll hear a variety of moods and sounds. Just go ahead and get all three, and thank me later.

Better yet, thank Steve Barton for the great music!



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