Robert Barry Knox, aka R. Barry Knox aka Shon'Soro

 

    I have been an independent songwriter, producer and my own publisher of songs about love, life and relationships most of my life. Love of music has always been my primary motivation in my life. I have always endeavored to create music that does not degrade my country, culture, history or fellow American.
   I was born in the musical state of Oklahoma. In my early years I would sing with relatives, family friends and in school and church choirs. Both my mother and her father were musically talented and family entertainers. I always enjoyed listening to my mother singing and her father playing his fiddle. These memories have always remained an influence and motivation for my life-long endeavors in music production. 
   When I reached junior high school I purchased my first guitar, an acoustic six string Kay, and started lessons with the famed guitarist Julian Akin in Oklahoma City. After months trying to learn basic techniques of guitar playing I remained unable to control my fingers on difficult guitar cords. Mr. Akin suggested to me and my parents that I should forget about guitar lessons and learn to play the guitar on my own and at my own pace. I did just that. With the help of some new friends I learned simple guitar cords and basic strumming. Over the next few years I continued learning and practicing to play the guitar and the techniques of singing. The first song I ever learned to sing and accompany myself was Chocolate Ice Cream Cone. 
  
In the years until my graduation from Capitol Hill High in Oklahoma City I continued with my musical endeavors playing anywhere I had an opportunity. Not able to find gainful employment in the music arena I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served the next four years in Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands and Cape Cod, Massachusetts and playing music whenever I had an opportunity.
   After completing my military enlistment I settled in the Los Angeles area where I had hoped to find some worthwhile opportunities in music; however, love grabbed me when I met Jennie Enriquez and we married. Finding few opportunities in music where I could earn enough to support a family, I was gainfully employed in the retail business in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 
   Requiring too much of my time in traveling I left the retail business and entered the California Civil Service, working first in San Francisco and then moving to the Los Angeles where I was much closer to the music centers in Burbank and Los Angeles. On my days off, the weekends or vacations and when I had the money I would record at several of the major recording facilities in and around Los Angeles with hopes of attracting someone that could help me with my musical career. At that time I was promoting myself as Shon’Soro, The Desert Man.
   Realizing that it was too costly for me to continue recording at the major studios I purchased a TEAC 4 track recorder, a Carvin Mixing Board, a Lexicon reverb unit, a couple of Shure microphones and some accessories for a project studio in my home in Quartz Hill, Los Angeles County, California. I was then able to record at my pace to recorded enough 4 rack analog songs of me with my Hohner acoustic six string guitar, a Hohner harmonica, a tambourine and a snare drum to fill my first LP “Shon’ Soro – Volume I, (with a portrait cover) and my second LP Shon’Soro -Volume 2, (with a scroll cover).
  
Over the next few years I expanded my project studio with a larger TASCAM eight track recorder, a sixteen channel CARVIN mixing board, several audio processors and then with the help of my musician friends I recorded a selection of new songs as R. Barry Knox for a new CD titled - “Trying To Get The Most Out of Life”. This CD was marketed on MP3.Com. A remastered issue and individual downloads are currently available on CDBaby most music retailers on the Internet.
   Around the same time I was playing with my newy formed Desert Man’s Band at various types of clubs in Los Angeles County where my musical endeavors caught the attention of an independent film producer and director. He hired me on a verbal contract to write him some songs for his picture. Unfortunately, after months of working on the songs for the film project, the project was suddenly cancelled by the Denver investors because of management conflicts and financial accounting errors by the project’s management.   
  After this unfortunate situation happened I was frustrated, burned out, very near a nervous breakdown and so depressed that I quit my civil service job. Over the next two years I did nothing but record my songs. I was lucky to have an understanding spouse that believed and supported my music endeavors. However, without any success with my recording projects and with pressing financial issues I moved to San Diego and returned to California Civil Service. I worked my musical projects as time and finances permitted until my retirement when I was able to return to full time recording of my musical projects.
   Later I recorded a group of songs that I felt were not complete enough for a new CD but on the advice of friends I released this group of songs on a new CD titled  “Rough Cuts”. This CD was marketed through CDBaby and most music retailers on the Internet. In 2015 I released a remastered CD issue and individual song downloads and marketed it through CDBaby and most music retailers on the Internet.

   Fueled by a new energy to produce some new music I purchased more professional recording equipment, a computer, a music editing program, a sound effects library and several music loop programs. I then resumed writing, recording and producing a new collection of songs in various styles and genres. I concentrated on writing Broadway type stage music in hopes that I would catch the attention of producers and directors of stage and theater productions along Broadway in New York City and New Orleans. I released this collection of songs in 2006 on a new CD titled – Bayou To Broadway on my Desert Morning Records and marketed it on the Internet with CDBaby and most music retailers on the Internet.
   In 2006 and 2007 I continued recording music full of dance rhythms and lyrical stories that I hoped would have some international appeal. I released the songs on a new CD titled “Music In The Pocket”. in 2015 I released a remastered CD individual song downloads on CDBaby and most music retailers on the Internet. 
   During 2013-2015 I recorded a group of new songs of adventure for a new CD titled “Hanging Out”. This collection of unique recordings was made using various types vocal innovations, fusions of rhythm patterns of various genres, including my newly created looped-fusion genre, and some very new and futuristic production applications. The CD and individual song downloads are available through CDBaby,Com and most music retailers on the Internet. 
    After experiencing some heart medical problems I had to slow down and limit my music projects. I did however manage to finish recording a new collection of my songs during 2013-2015 for Volume 3 of Shon’Soro. I also completed a new compilation of musical adventures for my newest CD – Urbanville 2017, a compilation by Robert Barry Knox and Friends. The 2017 compilation is filled with a collection of songs from "then and now "about life and love and filled musically with many types of piano riffs, a lot of saxophone, trombones, clarinets fills and instrumental solos and some exciting vocal techniques by myself and my friends Paula Peña, Donald Garness, Carla Mayo and Jessica Peters. The CD and individual downloads are available from most music retailers on the Internet
   As for the future, I remain here on Music Avenue, doing what I love to do best – creating musical adventures. Any comments you care to make about my musical endeavors will be appreciated. Please email me copies of any published articles. Any radio or media representatives wanting promotional copies of my CDs should send me a request via email from your website.

Robert Barry Knox dba House of Knox, an ASCAP member.  

www.rbarryknox.com