Crossing The Red Line
CROSSING THE RED LINE is a musical journey of the life and times of Barbara K, an Austin based guitar player and singer of songs written in the heart of Texas and the rolling mountains of western Germany. Her guitar based grooves are inspired by African, Appalachian, Persian and Cajun musics of the world. Her lyrics are heavily influenced by the forces of Nature personified in wind and rain, the darkness of night and the light of the moon. Listening to Barbara’s music is akin to flying low over the painted deserts of western Texas, criss-crossing the Great Divide in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, grazing the rolling grasslands of the Iowan prairies, and dreaming across the Atlantic Ocean to the land of the Brothers Grimm where East meets West and North runs South.
Born in Wisconsin, Barbara grew up in Iowa and Alaska, started school in Colorado and finished it in Texas. She returned to Wisconsin when 19 years old and eventually co-founded the band Timbuk3 with her future ex-husband in 1984. “The Future’s So Bright I gotta Wear Shades” became a top 20 Hit Song in 1986 garnering the band a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and multiple tours and television shows in the US, Europe and Japan. In Timbuk3 and performing solo, Barbara has opened shows for Bob Dylan, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, James Brown, Richard Thompson and Pete Townsend, among others.
In 2000, Barbara K released her first post-Timbuk3 solo recording READY in Austin, Texas. Accompanied by Mark Andes on bass, Robert McEntee and Robbie Gjersoe on electric guitars, Rob Hooper and Wally Ingram on drums and percussion, Richard Bowden on fiddle and Bukka Allen on accordion, the album was recorded with Joseph James engineering, Barbara K mixing and Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova mastering.The songs “My Name is Truth”, “Ready”, “Defenseless” and “Magaresa” are featured on CROSSING THE RED LINE.
When Barbara met Wolfgang Pracht in 2001, a songwriting musician with degrees in English and German Languages, Literatures and more from Bonn University, they began a lifelong partnership of writing songs and producing music. CROSSING THE RED LINE features tracks from the their Artist Digital Albums GHOSTS AND SPARROWS (2005) and BEHIND THE BLUE (2014).