Paul Seusy says his band, The Bartunes, is just the right group to kick back and enjoy while you sip a libation at your local watering hole.
“We’re something of a loose-knit group,” Seusy said. “The group consists of me and any other musicians I can corral. I picked the name Bartunes because I wanted it to be clear what I like to play, which is standards you’ll hear in a bar.”
Seusy, 50, was born in Florida but grew up in New Mexico. He and his wife now call Arcadia home.
“My wife encouraged the decision to move back to Florida as most of her family lives here,” he said. “We’ve been back here since 2003.”
Seusy added he has been performing music since he was an alto in the Albuquerque boy’s choir at age 11. He currently plays bass guitar for The Bartunes, which has been together for about a year now.
“We play bar standards of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s,” he said. “Every couple of years a new bar standard comes out. For example in the late 80s, Garth Brooks came out with ‘Friends In Low Places.’ In the ’90s, ‘Creep’ by Radiohead became a bar standard. Lately it’s been ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars. These are songs you can’t help but like and songs we love to play.”
Seusy demurred when asked about what music artists have most influenced him.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever even thought about that, because they change so often for me,” he said. “Right now I’m listening to electronic music. For a while I thought Led Zeppelin was everything, but now I see their weaknesses. Of course they’re still gods, but they’re no longer major influences.”
Seusy added he loves all kinds of music — rock, blues, country and disco — and strives to include it all in the band’s set list of cover tunes.
“We typically like to open up with a couple of songs that show off our musicians and let the audience know they’re in for a treat,” he said. “Maybe a Pink Floyd song or a difficult rock song or a boogie-woogie tune that shows we’re the real deal. Then we go into dance music.”
To the left: The core of The Bartunes features (left to right) Rickcene Ulysse, Mas and Paul Seusy, who said he occasionally works other musicians into the band.