Tony Barca, a native of Long Island, NY began his musical study as a child playing trumpet and eventually guitar and continued the study of music theory through college. Tony still maintains his musical edge by continuing to take guitar lessons to this day.
At age 17 Tony signed his first recording contract with Rust Records, a subsidiary of Laurie Records, a well known label in the mid 1960's. In the mid seventies, Tony played many clubs in the NY area and concentrated heavily on song writing and performing original music.
Original music was showcased at BMI's Alternative Chorus Song Writers Showcase held in Los Angeles as well as various showcases at the Bottom Line, The Crows Nest and the Center of Attention in NYC.
Tony has won numerous awards in the American Song Festival, The Music City Song Festival and The Billboard Song Contest.
After playing in, and heading up numerous bands Tony joined The Cyclone Rangers whose styles range from Rock and Roll/R&B to Country and Original Rock. They have opened for such artists as Leon Russell, Rick Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jon Anderson, Dicky Betts, Wilson Pickett, Dr. John, Pure Prairie League, and Asleep at the Wheel, to name a few.
The Cyclone Rangers also toured the nation as a Rockabilly Band with Minnie Pearl, Steve Young, The Nashville Bluegrass Band and Vernon Oxford , as members of "The Grand Old Country Music Show". This tour included a performance at The Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand 'Ole Opry.
His profound writing and vocal abilities reflect such powerful influences as Eric Clapton, Lowell George, Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt and Jackson Browne. Tony has teamed up with the outstanding talents of The Cyclone Rangers, The Uptown Horns, and a host of other acclaimed musicians for the recording of "Makana". It is a CD with a unique mixture of Rock, Rhythm & Blues with a New Orleans twist, and will attract music lovers of all ages.
Tony's debut CD MAKANA has won him critical acclaim in the NY press, as well as the support of local and national radio stations playing numerous cuts from this very diverse collection of songs. The live show with a 12 piece roster of New York's finest musicians is as pleasing to the eye as to the ears. If you get a chance to see them "Don't Miss Them"