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Hear the Barr Brothers' eclectic playlist for 'Half Crazy'

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The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers is a four-piece band, only two members of which are brothers named Barr. They’re usually classified as roots musicians, but on their second album, Sleeping Operator, they show off a broad range of influencesbefitting a group that includes an erstwhile experimental harpistthat draws from far outside traditional Americana. “Half Crazy,” in particular, is the group’s tribute to the trance-inducing North African blues of Amadou & Mariam and Moroccan gnawa master Mahmoud Guinia, a hypnotic, recursive fractal of a piece with an acoustic texture that roots fans should find familiar even as it draws from influences half a world away. In order to place it in its proper context, the group’s made a Spotify playlist showing off the music that inspired its creation, capturing a fruitful collision between Guinia and Muddy Waters, and more.