Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Bari Leigh

TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Darnestown, Maryland, and proud of it.

Members and Instruments:
Bari Leigh for solo shows and Bari Leigh & The Burly Beards for full-band shows. When we play as a full band, we typically have a lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, drummer, bassist, utility player and then some… The bigger the band, the better!

Short Bio (in your own words):
I grew up surrounded by the most incredible musicians, immersed in every genre from a very young age. At age four, I taught myself the piano. At age seven, I began writing my own music. At 12-13 I picked up my mom’s guitar and at 13, I started my own band. I went from rhythm to lead guitar in a year and all I did was hone my craft from there on out. Music has always been there for me, through the best of times and the worst of times. I survived unimaginable pain numerous times thanks to music. It has always been there to heal my wounds and I hope to be able to heal others with my music as it has healed me. In the end, all that matters is the impact we make on this world. Music is my footprint.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
My first live concert was Spice Girls — I loved their harmonies (and their makeup)!

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
I’ve been touring for years and my list of insane tour stories could probably fill a book! However, touring with my old band the Bad Dreams at the age of 21 was just a massive series of unfortunate/hilarious events. It was six guys and myself.

We were invited to play a house party in central Florida and the boys were thrilled to play our first house party as a band. We were surrounded by insanely attractive men and women in their 40’s and 50’s — they kept bringing us drink after drink. They “loved” our music and wanted us to keep playing by the pool after the show was over, so we got into our swimsuits and kept playing. About halfway through the first song, a woman’s top came off. By the time the song was over, every woman had their top off! We weren’t sure what to do, but we figured maybe this was their “thing” and we could just play through it. By the next song, bottoms were off and I was out of there. I’m all for a good time, but I had a feeling I knew what was coming next and our paid contract was up for the evening so I called it a night. The rest of my band thought it was hilarious and by the time we woke up in the morning, naked breakfast was served.

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
1.) My red scarf! You will never see me play a show without the scarf on my mic stand. My Nana got it for me about six years ago for good luck and I haven’t played a show without it since! Side note – I’ve only washed it once because I’m afraid it will lose it’s magic.
2.) My mic — I feel guilty getting 80 shades of lipstick on other people’s microphones so I just use my own.
3.) A double shot of Jack! It’s all smooth sailing from there.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
The first record I ever purchased with my money was Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Very Necessary.’ I was about four years old and the tooth fairy hooked me up with CD money.

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
1.) “Change Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
2.) “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” by Etta James
3.) “Rock & Roll” by Led Zeppelin
4.) “Rock Me Right” by Susan Tedeschi
5.) “Down In a Hole” by Jason Isbell

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
The obvious “hipster” answer would be vinyl, because it has a warm, nostalgic feel to it. It reminds me of laying on the floor with my mom, going through her huge box of records. Her Bang & Olufsen constantly filled our home with music and love, which gives me a soft spot for vinyl. But… my favorite thing to do as a child was pop in my new cassette, sing through every song, then flip it over, repeat, and rewind. Those were great times. Everything is so “immediate” now, we don’t stop to rewind anymore because we don’t have to.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
You can find my links, videos, etc. on

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