Norman Barratt Passes
Though known primarily to only Christian music aficionados, Norman Barratt passed away earlier today. Barratt played with a great British rock band called Gravy Train before becoming a Christian and joining forces with Alwyn Wall to create the Alwyn Wall Band. They recorded one great record together, The Prize (which made this list), and then went on to release several solo projects.
One of his solo projects, 1981’s “Playin’ In the City,” will be discussed in a future “should have made the list” post. I highly recommend that album as Barratt shows why many consider him one of the best guitar players in CCM history. Phil Keaggy was a fan and had Barratt appear on some of his albums. Barratt also played with Andy Pratt, Cliff Richard, Debbie Boone and Larry Norman.
Known for being a “tonemeister” Barratt created very unique and original guitar sounds and many compared his work to the likes of Mark Knopfler. For those who own Sheila Walsh’s classic “Future Eyes” album, the interesting guitar tones and styling is Barratt’s.
Barratt struggled with eyesight issues for the majority of the last several years but continued to work. Norman Barratt was 62 years old.