For Immediate Release



Pens Open Letter to Fans

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(Nashville, Tennessee...) - June 30, 2017 - Today is a special day for 38 Special front man Don Barnes, as his long-awaited Ride The Storm album is finally available to the public. Recorded almost 30 years ago during a five-year hiatus from the band he co-founded and continues to lead, Don is excited to bring this album to music fans.

Don Barnes 
 Photo Credit: Carl Dunn
"Today is a champagne day for me," said Don. "I'm celebrating. I weathered a long and arduous storm to someday get these songs into the light. By now you probably know the story behind this 'lost' album. Twenty-eight years is a long time, but my belief in these songs never wavered. The cover art is a metaphor. Tied to a tornado, grappling with the unexpected, trying to hang on. That's what it felt like. Two years of my life and there's a story in there, the stubborn drive of a young man with much to prove. So, I always knew what we had. Plus, I got to live a dream come true, to have my musical  heroes play on my humble little solo album. Explosive performances from some of the greatest players in the world, Jeff and Mike Porcaro - with whom I was humbled to even be in the same room - who sadly didn't live to see this release. To their families, I can't say enough what an honor it was for me."

"So I just wanted to send our appreciation to you all for believing in us and never wavering," continued Don regarding 38 Special. "We give 100% every single time because it means so much after all these years that you are still coming out. We're putting together a new show, moving things around, bringing some songs back and even dropping in a couple of Ride The Storm songs as well. Hope you enjoy the ride. It's been a long time coming. Again, thank you from all of us for making us a part of your lives. Come out and see us this summer!"

Ride The Storm is available on iTunesAmazon, GooglePlaySpotify,  and elsewhere.

Don originally recorded the tracks for Ride The Storm as a solo project for A&M Records in 1989. He co-wrote most of the songs with the masterful songwriter and artist Martin Briley, and he was honored to have some of the industry's top musicians on the recording. Barnes collaborated with Briley and Brian Foraker on the production. Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times. The project was put aside without a release date.
In searching for the original masters for  Ride The Storm , Don found the only existing copy of a 'rock mix' that was commissioned in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger 'rock' impact using today's technology. MelodicRock Records agreed to release the music , insisting both the original and updated mixes of the classic album be included in the release. Also included are three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were not included on the original album's playlist.
The original tracks were cut by some of the most sought after musicians on the rock scene including Dann Huff, now an award-winning producer for the likes of Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and others; piano/keyboard whiz Alan Pasqua; the late great Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro and his late brother Mike, who also played bass for Toto; Sammy Hagar's keyboard player Jesse Harms; and former Heart drummer Denny Carmassi.
The complete  Ride The Storm  release includes two CDs 
featuring  the album in its original intended form, plus the second 'alternate mix' disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end. No  artwork was conceived for the original album so Barnes collaborated with artist extraordinaire Nello 
Dell'Omo for the stunning  Ride The Storm  cover. 
Barnes continues to sing lead and rock his well-worn Gibson for 38 Special, the band he co-founded in 1974. They will perform at least 100 dates this year. Fans can keep up with them at  
Ride The Storm
Track List and Player Credit:
1. Ride The Storm 
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi


For more information about Don Barnes or for a  review link for Ride The Storm, contact:
Craig Campbell,

For radio interviews regarding Ride The Storm, contact:
Alan Rommelfanger,