Aaron Lopez-Barrantes
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Aaron Lopez-Barrantes

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Blues




"A Few Words With Aaron Lopez-Barrantes"

Most musicians spend years on the road struggling to make ends meet before they can even think about turning their art into a career. Aaron Lopez-Barrantes is not most musicians. The North Carolina native has spent some time on the road, but his excellent songs and versatility have allowed him to create some beautiful original music, while also paying the bills here in New Orleans.

“It’s crazy how everything fell into place,” says Barrantes, in between sets at the Maison Dupuy Bistreaux. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2010, Barrantes had to decide whether to continue his music career in New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans.

“I wasn’t crazy about NYC or LA, and I knew NOLA had a great live music scene, so I took a chance and moved down here.”

He found a job waiting tables, saving up every spare dollar for recording time on his debut full-length album.

“I knew I needed a great sounding record to get people’s attention, and Jacques DeLatour at Fudge Studios really helped me get that sound down.”

The result of those sessions, ALB, features heartfelt songs of love and loss, anchored by Barrantes’ strong voice and impressive guitar work, recalling the songs of Wilco and Josh Ritter.

“The best part about recording in New Orleans was people would just wander into the studio, add a horn part or some pedal steel, and just wander out.”

Barrantes finished the album last spring, and wisely put it up on Spotify to get his sounds to as many people as possible.

Meanwhile, Barrantes ditched his waiter gig and started playing regularly at the historic Maison Dupuy hotel in the French Quarter.

“Playing at the Maison Dupuy is great because I get to test out my new songs along with all the covers people want to hear. I usually play three to four hours a night, and I can get through almost all of my own songs, while still mixing in some great covers.”

But the Maison Dupuy is just Barrantes’ day job. He hit the road last summer with the band The Great Divide, opening shows and joining the band for a run of Midwest and East Coast dates. He also plays local shows with his own four-piece band. He can also be found on Frenchmen Street, laying down some funky guitar lines with the new brass band Brass Flavor.

Barrantes still can’t believe how far his career has come in such a short time.

“The coolest thing, by far, happened a few months ago, when my brother, who lives in Paris, heard my songs at a bar. To know that someone in France connects with my music is just incredible.”

Barrantes shows no sign of slowing down as he continues to explore the musical landscape of New Orleans, one show at a time.

“I’m still figuring out how I fit into the music scene here, but, so far, I’m just enjoying the ride.”

Catch Barrantes at the Maison Dupuy every Tuesday-Saturday night at 7, and check out his album on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. - Nola Vie: Life, Culture in New Olreans

"Aaron Lopez-Barrantes Review"

Unequal parts adult-alternative singer-songwriter, twee folkie, and amateur acoustic bluesman, Aaron Lopez-Barrantes could have been just another sensitive college kid from Chapel Hill who decided to transplant himself to New Orleans in order to grab himself some boho legitimacy. But despite his apparent love for John Mayer, he avoids the pitfalls of callow douchery to an amazing degree on his debut, recorded here at Better Than Ezra’s Fudge Studios.
- Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans, LA


Aaron Lopez-Barrantes "ALB" released in June 2013.

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Born in Ganges, France, Aaron Lopez-Barrantes was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Aaron is a 27 year old singer songwriter based in New Orleans, where he composes and writes all of his own music. His stylings have been linked to the likes of Jack Johnson, Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience, John Mayer and the Beatles. He currently plays full time in New Orleans in the historic French Quarter, where blues, funk, soul and folk are regular parts of his set. He plays at Bistreaux full time. Aaron released his first studio EP "ALB" released in June of 2013. In the past year, Aaron has played CMJ Festival in NYC, Musikfest Festival in Bethlehem PA, as well as playing local acoustic sets on WWOZ radio, Loyola Radio, The Contemporary Arts Center, and performed as a finalist in the Louisiana Singer Songwriter Showcase,. Also finished a month of touring in the midwest/east coast alongside "Great Divide" band from Chicago.

Offbeat Magazine of New Orleans, says, "Watch this One". Check out aaronlopezbarrantes.com for tour and music updates!

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