VIDEO PREMIERE: “AVL Funk” by Ryan RnB Barber

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No matter your music-listening proclivities, chances are you won’t be able to stop your head from bobbing and toe from tapping to Ryan RnB Barber’s new song, “AVL Funk.” It’s a soulful, groove-laden tribute to the city it’s named for, nodding to such local institutions as Tuesday Night Funk Jam at Asheville Music Hall and the late, great keyboardist Jeff Knorr (to whom the video is dedicated). “Time to put some stank on it like a bathroom stall / but guaranteed to have you shaking, even having a ball,” Barber sings in the energetic opening.

From purple suits to singing eyeballs to handfuls of gold glitter, the song dips and sways for four-plus minutes and does a fine job of showcasing Barber’s prowess as a songwriter, front man and funk force (though he has some high-profile help, such as Derrick Johnson and Ben Hovey, who are featured on horns on the single).

“I want to do my part to keep funk in Asheville alive while continuing to show unity in the Asheville music community,” says Barber of the song and video. “Half the proceeds [from] the single will be donated to Jeff [Knorr]’s memorial scholarship fund.”

Filmmaker Kira Bursky was tapped to create the resoundingly local music video. Bursky previously directed Ian Ridenhour‘s “Dancing Children,” which tied for Judges Choice at this year’s Music Video Asheville. “I absolutely love directing music videos and am always looking for the next musician to create a music video for,” says Bursky, who is currently in post-production on a new video for Ridenhour. She has directed more that 50 films and music videos that have screened worldwide, from the LA Film Festival to Cannes Short Film Corner.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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2 thoughts on “VIDEO PREMIERE: “AVL Funk” by Ryan RnB Barber

  1. Ryan Barber

    Thanks so much to Mountain Xpress & Alli for the write-up & video premiere! It is much appreciated, and you guys are awesome!!

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