The Complicated Burrito

Tommy Barton Jr. Interview - TCB

February 12, 2020 Tommy Barton Jr. Season 1 Episode 3
The Complicated Burrito
Tommy Barton Jr. Interview - TCB
The Complicated Burrito
Tommy Barton Jr. Interview - TCB
Feb 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 3
Tommy Barton Jr.

Lead singer and songwriter Tommy Barton Jr. talks about his life as a professional musician and exciting updates on his hard rock band Jett Blakk!
Jett Blakk YouTube
Jett Blakk CD Baby
JB Facebook
Florida: 1:21
Rudy Sarzo: 4:24
Bill Westfall: 5:31
Joel Hoekstra: 6:03
Polo Staber: 7:17
Kelly Bush: 10:07
Vaping: 10:53
GSR: 11:51
Brett Eklund: 14:16
2018/Missouri: 16:06
2018/Detroit: 17:41
Lynch Mob: 19:28
TCB YouTube
Revo24 Radio
TCB Patreon

Show Notes Transcript

Lead singer and songwriter Tommy Barton Jr. talks about his life as a professional musician and exciting updates on his hard rock band Jett Blakk!
Jett Blakk YouTube
Jett Blakk CD Baby
JB Facebook
Florida: 1:21
Rudy Sarzo: 4:24
Bill Westfall: 5:31
Joel Hoekstra: 6:03
Polo Staber: 7:17
Kelly Bush: 10:07
Vaping: 10:53
GSR: 11:51
Brett Eklund: 14:16
2018/Missouri: 16:06
2018/Detroit: 17:41
Lynch Mob: 19:28
TCB YouTube
Revo24 Radio
TCB Patreon

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spk_0:   0:10
welcome once again to the complicated burrito. Here's your podcast host Alan Brooks. All right, Today's special guest is Tommy Barton, junior lead singer for the group Jet Black. All right, let's give Tommy a call and see if he's at home. Hello? What's the brother?

spk_1:   0:53
Senator Aldo Nova.

spk_0:   0:55
Senator Aldo Nova.

spk_1:   0:58
What's happening?

spk_0:   0:59
Not much, brother.

spk_1:   1:00
How are you, sir?

spk_0:   1:01
I'm doing good, man. What are you getting into,

spk_1:   1:04
Yale? I just got done making some, uh, burritos.

spk_0:   1:11
Was it complicated?

spk_1:   1:12
Well, it could have been. I make everything

spk_0:   1:18
right on right on. Now. All the new songs are being recorded down in Florida. You want to tell the listeners a little bit about that?

spk_1:   1:27
Here's kind of how Florida work when I get bored and things aren't really like on track two, you know, fast track a band back together for Jet Black, and I go way back into writing mode and Polo calls me up and says, Hey, you know, Barton, I got a rift. So I'm like, All right, well, send it to me. An email So he will send me the riff in an email, and then the next thing you know, I'll we'll have some time with it and, uh, you know, I'll start working on lyrics, and how I usually do it is this way. I, uh I usually generate a really good hook line chorus and write the whole song around the courses, so the interpretation of the song could actually change, you know, and go in many different directions. I I like to get the killer hook chorus and then I piece the lyrics around that course. So let's say I write verse and I don't really think it jives with the chorus and I'll scrap it until I find that killer burst rift to go along with the chorus and then a bill. So that's kind of how I mean, that's just how I roll.

spk_0:   2:49
I heard the new stuff and, uh, I think you know, you got some hit songs on your hands. They're incredible.

spk_1:   2:56
Thank you. Thank you very much. I you know, I love riding and, you know, at my age I just continued to do it, and I don't really take it as seriously as I used Thio. As far as you know, what my expectations of the songs are at this point, I just kind of right for the enjoyment of riding. And

spk_0:   3:19
did you

spk_1:   3:20
know, after netting a top 200 rock album in the country for 2016 it's just, you know about Well, can I Can I get something up in the top 100? Can I get something in the top 50? So my goal, you know, have changed a little bit. You know, I I know, uh, far is going out there and being a superstar anymore. You know that the chances are not as likely as they would have been 20 years ago, but

spk_0:   3:49
your music's available on CD baby dot com. Right? Correct. And that's jet black.

spk_1:   3:55
Yeah. Get black. J T B L A k k.

spk_0:   3:59
You've been going down to Florida. You first. He rewrote on re recorded rock revolution. Yep. Correct with pollute

spk_1:   4:07
with Hello And, uh, had a couple of very special guests

spk_0:   4:12
on her

spk_1:   4:14
2019 rock revolution. So I don't know if you want to lead into that segue where you want me. Thio.

spk_0:   4:20
Well, um you've been recording with the guys from once, Nick. Right?

spk_1:   4:25
Well, everybody knows the Lord of Low end Mr Rudy flipping stars. Oh, So you know, three time rock Hall of Famer started out with quiet riot. Went on with Ozzy, one of the only known session players to be catalogued with Randy Rhoads. Uh, just a talented, talented class act. Dude, I gave him a call and said, Mr Stars, Oh, you know, what would it take to get you on one of my tracks? And he's like, Well, you know, I'm not really doing a whole lot of, uh, recording anymore, You know? He's up in the seventies now and he's still playing and kicking ass. But, you know, really sorry. So does what? Rudi? Sorry. Zo wants to D'oh!

spk_0:   5:13
Yeah, he's a legend. He looks great, man. I've seen the pictures

spk_1:   5:16
and he he still rock star status. He still looks like he did when he was in his thirties, for crying out loud. So I mean, he's just incredible.

spk_0:   5:25
Now he played on Ah! What was the name of the song? No more.

spk_1:   5:28
He played on no more on Rock Revolution. Correct?

spk_0:   5:31
You also had another special dress.

spk_1:   5:34
Yes, I did, Mr Bill West ball to sun remixed No more, Mr Jordan Best ball. Who is the sound engineer for live tour support for Blackstone. Jerry. Wow. Yeah,

spk_0:   5:51
It's a small world, you know, You

spk_1:   5:54
talk about talented kid, man. This guy's in his twenties and just absolutely super galactic. Stellar.

spk_0:   6:03
This band, uh, Trans Siberian orchestra and ah, and also share. Man, you've also had another guest on your record that's been playing out on tour with these guys. And also a member of what snake is that? Is that right?

spk_1:   6:18
Yeah. And also current lead guitar player of Night Ranger. His leg.

spk_0:   6:25
Wow. So, yeah, this is a

spk_1:   6:29
hoax. Truck is the

spk_0:   6:30
most sought

spk_1:   6:31
after session, Uh, during lead guitarist in the world right now.

spk_0:   6:37
He plays me in basketball. T I've been a friend of them off. Yeah,

spk_1:   6:43
he does. He was hit half court shot, man. And I'm like this dude, man. You know, he could

spk_0:   6:50
I think he was out on tour with share. And then during the day, maybe it was at the MGM or something. I don't know of it. Yeah, he had this.

spk_1:   6:59
He gets the private gym to himself.

spk_0:   7:02
He calls

spk_1:   7:02
up y or something. You know, his management company admitted Mr Whole Kestrel would like

spk_0:   7:08
Jim for the day. Okay. Night

spk_1:   7:12
whoever he wants to, you know, come play with him. So it is.

spk_0:   7:17
But I'm telling you, man, um, listening to the song, it was really hard for me to tell Polo from Joe, because, man,

spk_1:   7:27
you can't tell up with Polo. Uh, cut these solos. Our goal was to match up the cadence of the lead guitar solo in the middle section and what Joel likes to call the consolidated grid. So polo just kind of matched up kind of the the hook that was there and being a guitar teacher himself. He knows theory and all the scales,

spk_0:   7:59

spk_1:   8:00
you know, that particular solo was recorded be It was B. Harmonic is what Joel told me with a few little various other hints of other different things in it. It's like he wouldn't He only would tell me, was it be harmonic? And I'm like, Joel, you don't have to worry about too many guys even playing that. So, you know, it was, uh, it was sick. You know when When I got the track back on, we got the studio of multi tracked it. Ah, polo. When I was sitting there with their dolls on the floor going? Holy crap.

spk_0:   8:38
I was two men.

spk_1:   8:40
Yeah, love Mr Staver. Class act Killer engineer, Multi instrumentalist. Um, I can't go on enough about him as well.

spk_0:   8:50
And then you got this new song out that you just played me the other day

spk_1:   8:54
Young, crazy and free. Yes, that Now that tune is brand spanking new 2020 Jet black. And that's gonna be kind of staple debut song that we based all the new tracks off.

spk_0:   9:09
It's the

spk_1:   9:09
new cartoon. It was recorded and dropped C sharp. Which is Nickelback tuning

spk_0:   9:17

spk_1:   9:18
Way. Wanted to

spk_0:   9:19
kind of

spk_1:   9:21
Yeah, we wanted to kind of try to modernize the best that we could

spk_0:   9:25
give you an edge.

spk_1:   9:27
Our roots and genre plane.

spk_0:   9:29
Well, you know, I played these songs. I don't know if people would understand. You know, that hadn't played him before. You know, just how difficult a lot of this the structuring is.

spk_1:   9:39
Well, that that's pretty much the reason why I don't have a version of Jet Black put together right now, so I'm I'm kind of I'll be honest with you. Uh, Mr Brooks, I'm I'm waiting on you to come back into the picture as Well, as you know, the current jet black bass player and I have some guys lined up that I think you're fabulous German Smoke Hooker will be returning to the band

spk_0:   10:06

spk_1:   10:06
well as Kelly

spk_0:   10:09
Killer Bush.

spk_1:   10:10
What, we'll be coming back not to play drums, but to play percussion shakers and backup vocals. And

spk_0:   10:19

spk_1:   10:19
I was honored, you know, when he called me and said, Did you know whatever you do, I still wanna be it. You know,

spk_0:   10:26
he's a good man.

spk_1:   10:27
He's a facet of this band and he goes, I appreciate you allowing me to do so And I'm like, Dude, you don't have to ask me. I mean, I appreciate you even calling and, you know, entertaining the thought of it. So I was blown away at Kelly's class and just the type of a class act person that he is

spk_0:   10:49
good. I created

spk_1:   10:51
them and that we won't. I mean, I look bored to all of us getting together soon.

spk_0:   10:56
Well, feeling a little bit better lately, man.

spk_1:   10:59
That's fantastic.

spk_0:   11:00
Yeah, I'm working on it, man.

spk_1:   11:02
Been, uh, worried about you. Just, you know, your health and you know, the health problems that you've been going through and keep you in my prayers. And, uh, I'm glad you know, you you found great today.

spk_0:   11:14
Yeah, the last few days, man. You know, I've been feeling really good. You know, I started ah, back last summer when during that whole vaping thing, when people were dying, that's when I got sick, you know, because I started raping and to try to quit smoking it about killed me, man. So no

spk_1:   11:33
idea. I was vaping for a little bit myself until all of the health stuff came out about it. And, you know, I quit. So hopefully, you know, people have gotten the message that, you know, vaping will kill you. And, uh,

spk_0:   11:47

spk_1:   11:48
you know, move on to another bad Abby.

spk_0:   11:52
So, you know, I was thinking back back in 2014 I was a member of GSR, which was a band right before Jet Black. That it was the band that generally between black pre jet black man and

spk_1:   12:07
way won't say even before, but yes, our is yet. So the whole premise is of the band was built around gunshot residue and, uh, the label at the time management people said you know. Listen, guy, you know, with all the stuff coming out, you know, they are a uh

spk_0:   12:31

spk_1:   12:34
It would be a good idea.

spk_0:   12:35
Gunshot residue? Yeah. DSR is cool. Just our school. We have a gunshot residue. I understand,

spk_1:   12:41
I know. And that's why we abbreviated it, we know, contemplated just keeping GSR using the ladders. But then, you know, at the end of the day was still gunshot residence. So, like, you know, you just have to come up with another day. Well, I guess, uh, I had inadvertently used the name Jet Black, uh, and that I guess Frank Capra, Bosso and Paul Berry and had a band 20 years ago. And I'll be honest, I swear to God, I had no clue that they were ever in a pan called Jet Black. It was the name that, you know, I thought was cool. And I thought that I could build a good, you know, uh, image and PR behind the

spk_0:   13:25

spk_1:   13:26
though, you know, I looked up, I did a trademark search on it. And anybody who knows anything about you know, the legalities of trademarks and, uh, copyrights on all that stuff. You have to be 33 a third percent different from the original form in which it was written in. So that being said, I changed, you know, Jet gt two J E T t. And then, of course, black B l A c k. I changed that B l a k k. So you know, it had that little, you know, euphemisms in him that, you know, made it cool. You know, Double K's the double teas, and and so hence Jet Black was born, and then I Ah, buddy, my bread Echlin

spk_0:   14:18
Oh, yeah, Bread. A major rager. I find

spk_1:   14:23
our dad. Yep. Yeah, Mister. Mister Echlin fit me prototypes of the first album covers and then my life, And I checked him out. We're like, Okay, that's cool. But, you know, we need more. It was it was typically it was the moon. So then my wife said, uh, you know, I'd be cooler. It was the world, you know, because you know, we want to take over the world, you know, like pinking the brain. So, uh, so then we I photoshopped a copy of the world. And then I decided, You know what? It really be cool. if we had an s R 71 Blackbird plummeting around the world. You know anybody who knows anything about those planes there? The planes that can fly at 100,000 feet and just right before you enter a spacecraft

spk_0:   15:20
super son

spk_1:   15:21
are shell. It did lack of gravity.

spk_0:   15:25
Yeah, that's that's kind of become the brand, right?

spk_1:   15:28
It really has. It really has that. That's our 71. It's just It's so cool. And people loved it. We were sold out all of the T shirts every time I print a good run of 234 500 of those album cover shirts up there going every shell Bam!

spk_0:   15:49
Yeah, I've got one of the CDs left myself that I'm holding on TV, one of the original cities.

spk_1:   15:55
I don't have any distributor. And, uh, you know, give me maybe another 500 or so just have on hand. I think so.

spk_0:   16:05
So I did that little show with you back in July of 2014 but then, ah, jump ahead a few years we did that show together in Grandview at that amphitheater.

spk_1:   16:21
Oh, shoot. That's right. I forgot about that with Galindo

spk_0:   16:24
Salon, too. and there was another being there. It

spk_1:   16:29
was, you know, Celente had that top 10 hit

spk_0:   16:33
a huge hit. Yeah, And then they moved us into the headlines Flight at the last moment.

spk_1:   16:41
Oh, gosh. Yeah, that was you know, stuff like that happens. Just just politics, man. I didn't get to be in our shaped body. I was like, Whatever,

spk_0:   16:52
man, That was a cool backstage. And we had the buff, eh? You know? Oh,

spk_1:   16:56
yeah, Kate. Or didn't

spk_0:   16:58
you know I Smith Classy, classy deal. Did

spk_1:   17:02
itwas it really was. I enjoyed as one of the show's in the

spk_0:   17:06
and then Wheeler

spk_1:   17:07
sounds Mr. Steve McBride ran sound for that particular day. And so it was just knocked down part.

spk_0:   17:13
He did. You know what I remember? Um, I got there, and there was this big p a set up. You know, I'm I'm looking around for the sound mixer and the whole, you know, the snake and all this. And there wasn't one, you know. And then I see him, and he's running the whole thing off a tablet.

spk_1:   17:31
Oh, yeah, Yeah. That that technology is the digital world

spk_0:   17:37
was amazing.

spk_1:   17:39
Oh, yeah. You gotta love it. you gotta love it.

spk_0:   17:42
So then I went to Detroit with you and played a show. And the cool thing about that show is the, uh, the actual club owner came in and round sound for us. And, you know,

spk_1:   17:54
it was way cool.

spk_0:   17:55
I'll never felt down. Do the sound. It was bomb plastic, man the base. I could feel it onstage from out front. Yeah.

spk_1:   18:06
Sick, Sick. We recorded that show, and it was, like, very, very cool.

spk_0:   18:11
Yeah, that was a good show, man. So what does not get another town?

spk_1:   18:16
It's always nice to get out of Kansas City and play. You know,

spk_0:   18:20
the funny thing that happened today? The funny thing that happened to me on that that run was we got there. Ah, night early and we drove up. We you rented a You're a transit road trip. Yeah. So it was a blast, man. So we get up there and a rocket, their rooms and I cut my key right, And it was wouldn't me and Kelly and we go out with the way we put our way, put our key in the door, and we open the door. Is there some dude in the bed.

spk_1:   18:50
Oh, that's when you

spk_0:   18:54
and he starts screaming at us, man. And he's like telling us not to move. Dude, he's like, Dude, don't move. You stay where you're at, you know, we're just liking her Cool down, jack. Way got down in the office, you know? And we got it all straightened out, But But that was the excitement that

spk_1:   19:17
could have been a

spk_0:   19:18
bit, you know, that's, you know, stuff that happens out there on the road that, you know, you just got to deal with it as it comes. You know, Uh, they didn't You do a couple shows with Lynch Mob?

spk_1:   19:30
It was that fabulous. Thio do two shows with Mr George Lynch in the boys. Mr. Jimmy Dondo played the first go around with him and then, uh, opon Well, no, not built on Jamie. Um, there's another drummer that filled insult on played with us. It's a slaughter show. I get him kind of mixed up because we 2016 and we just one hell of a year and we play with kicks L. A Gun's Enough's enough. A sold out show in slaughter sold out Lynch Mob twice. Yeah, It was just incredible. Well, upon year

spk_0:   20:11
it was He was promoting the the CD, right?

spk_1:   20:14
The rock, the Rock revolution. Al my waas correct.

spk_0:   20:18
Well anymore, man. Now, are you going to release a CD or you're going to release all singles? Because many things have changed. You know,

spk_1:   20:25
I'll be honest with you. I'm content releasing singles right now, to be honest with you,

spk_0:   20:30

spk_1:   20:31
Uh, you know, we got a bona fide out about this point. And for me personally, you know, if I sit down and pencil out 10 15 songs, then you know, then at that point, I'm like, considering

spk_0:   20:45
I was that Ah, was that the CD baby page? And, uh, are you with the record label now? Does it look like you

spk_1:   20:53
weigh our way? We are with a label called Empire Music.

spk_0:   20:59
Cool out of Florida.

spk_1:   21:02
Correct. But we're I'm negotiating a distribution deal with another company, and we may re sign here again, huh? Late summer of 2020. So have some have some opportunities coming our way and it will divulge is you know, when they happen.

spk_0:   21:23
What are you going to release this new? This new track?

spk_1:   21:28
Oh, it's It's released right now. Young, crazy and free. Yeah, it's released right now on TV, baby.

spk_0:   21:34
Okay, we

spk_1:   21:35
let it out, we let it out as well, and that

spk_0:   21:39
I went and bought the other two man just to support you. And so I go grab that one, too.

spk_1:   21:44
Yeah, it's there. That's awesome. And I appreciate it, you know,

spk_0:   21:49
in. Ah, well, we'll put the lengths, you know, under this Ah, you know, podcast. So,

spk_1:   21:56
yeah. I mean, I pretty much told myself that, you know, I couldn't get this new version to jet black together without Mr Al Brooks being a

spk_0:   22:04
part of it. So Well, thank you.

spk_1:   22:07
Yeah. Yep. I'm I mean, I'm looking forward to this all standing in the jam hall again and look into each other and smile and going, Yeah, with the hair standing up on your arms.

spk_0:   22:19
Well, you know, it's a It's a big commitment, man, you know, and I don't you know, and I'm certain if I do it, I'm gonna be, you know, all in. So, uh, I just want to make sure that I'm feeling upto part, you know, and I'm gonna go back. You get a full physical soon. And but I

spk_1:   22:39
got you a case of weed ease that I'll

spk_0:   22:41
bring high. Yeah, I'm feeling a lot better, man

spk_1:   22:46

spk_0:   22:46
I am better. Yeah, I did. Yeah. And some zingers. Yeah, Yeah, they go back so well, man, I'm gonna call you from time to time and check in with you so we can just chat and see, you know, work where you're at most. One ring

spk_1:   23:06
to call me anytime, sir. It's

spk_0:   23:08

spk_1:   23:08
is a fantastic pleasure talking to you on the phone, and we don't do it enough. So

spk_0:   23:14
thank you. Thank you for being on the podcast.

spk_1:   23:19
I love it. Always a monitored beyond talk about one of both of our favorite subjects.

spk_0:   23:26
Music, Tommy. The law Barton.

spk_1:   23:31
You already know I Retribution on Rock Revolution Revival to shin Ah rah revolution. Yeah,

spk_0:   23:55
Rocket ignition wide. All right, brother, You have a good night. I'll talk to you soon.

spk_1:   24:03
Shot, but matter. Nan

spk_0:   24:05
is loving the

spk_1:   24:06
Slavic you, bro.

spk_0:   24:10
All right. Thanks for listening to our podcast today. That was a great conversation with Tommy Barton, junior lead singer from the hard rock group Jet Black on behalf of Rev 0 24 Radio This is Alan Brooks for the complicated burrito Revel 24 radio are not your parents radio station of Unless your parents are a sick Way?