Barney first picked up a guitar when he was in grade nine. He took a few lessons from a guy named Cowboy Slim and started walking down a long, twisty and infinitely interesting road. He listened constantly to his records and tried to learn the songs. Drop the needle and you entered a rebellious, sexually charged, funny and dangerous world. "I couldn’t get enough of that world. I was growing up in Calgary in the 1970’s and I didn’t really entertain the idea of a career in music because it didn’t seem like that was an option in those days. So I attended university for a while, played in folk clubs, started a barbwire fence building company, traveled but as time went by it became clear to me that I didn’t fancy doing anything else near as much as music" says Barney. Frontman of Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, he went on to write some big hits with "Something To Live For" probably being his most recognized. Today Barney has a few projects on his plate including the Cariboo Express. A big band of crackerjack players that tour the nation raising money for charities and causes. His show on Nov 2 is a fundraiser for the Empress Theatre.