A little over five years ago I moved to Rhode Island after spending my entire life up to that point in New Jersey. When many people, whether they are residents or exiles like me, want to conjure up the New Jersey that lives in their minds, they put on some Bruce Springsteen music. That was true for me too for a long time. But now, when I want to go back home for awhile I’ll just put on something by Rick Barry.
If you don’t live in New Jersey you might not be aware that the Asbury Park music scene did not come to a screeching halt when Springsteen entered the rockstar pantheon. To this day there is a vibrant scene in the shore town, led by a very talented corps of singer/songwriters. Most people would agree that Barry is at the top of the class of his generation of songwriters.