Artist of the day: The Barnkickers
The Barnkickers jokingly bill themselves as “Tampa Bay’s Favorite Father and Daughter Ukulele Duo.” At least he does while she responds with a roll of the eyes, as kids are prone when they’ve heard the same line for the millionth time.
It’s all part of the their shtick, a parent/kid repartee that slips into easy, musical rhythm with strums and plucks of a couple of ukuleles. Father and daughter Steve and Amanda Boisen of Tarpon Springs can frequently be found performing in places like the Ohana Cafe, the Whistle Stop Grill and Bar in Safety Harbor and the Ale and the Witch and Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg.
Their eclectic set list features vintage favorites like Pennies From Heaven and Someone to Watch Over Me and covers of some modern bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Green Day and The Shins. They play tunes pulled from The Daily Ukulele Songbook and an impressive collection of their own originals such as Clawfoot Tub, In Spite of You and the edgy Friendly Service Announcement and Apology Song.
Check out the Barnkickers hosting the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society's Open Mic at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Whistle Stop Grill and Bar, 915 Main St., Safety Harbor. And then see them from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 28 at Ohana Cafe, 306 Orange St. N in Ozona.