Live, on studio or homemade records, and through the countless concert recordings that circulate in the taper scene as word-of-mouth gems, Barnes is a sonic pioneer, hacking through the underbrush with his musical weapons of choice, banjo as compass. In addition to being an innovative banjo player, Danny is also an amazing guitarist, singer and songwriter. Having first made the national scene with the Bad Livers, he has been touring regularly with everyone from the Dave Matthews Band to Bill Frissell to Robert Earl Keen. He has entertained the Targhee audiences most recently as a solo performer and member of the Tim O’Brien Band. We welcome him back as a major creative force on our teaching staff.