Barry Smith

Barry Smith (1968-2022)

I went for a long walk this morning and decided to listen to nothing but some of the music Barry and I have made together off and on since 1990. I selected a particular song, turned it up loud, and when the groove kicked in I was greeted by his trademark monster bass tone. Right away I was overwhelmed with a wide range of emotions complete with tears, goosebumps, sadness — yet I managed to top it all off with a big smile on my face. I think I even laughed at myself for a second or two for this abrupt display so I’m pretty sure anyone that saw me walking along Main St. in Barboursville this morning probably thought I was a lunatic. Oh well, I’m pretty sure Barry would have had a good laugh at that.

To say the least I am heartbroken to lose my longtime musical partner, but most importantly I lost one of my best friends. It all still seems somewhat unreal to me but just now after reading back the words “I just lost one of my best friends”, I feel reality slowly creeping in. And man, it hurts. My heart breaks most though for Caryn, Cameron and all of Barry’s family. I wish I knew the right words to say to you in this difficult time, but know that I love you all very much and we will always be here for you.

Much love to all of Barry’s friends, too. He had so many and I know you are all hurting today. But just know we are all so lucky to have had someone like him in our lives.

I love you, Barry. I’m going to miss you so much.

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