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Since 2010 venues from concert halls to basement bars have resonated with the sound of Granite City Rock & Roll. Continental uses their Quincy, MA hometown moniker to describe their unique blend of rock that draws influences from punk, country, folk, and blues.

Known mostly for his time as founding guitarist and songwriter of The Dropkick Murphys, as well as co-founding member alongside his brother of legendary punks The Outlets, Boston based rocker Rick Barton has spent the last eight years fronting his current band and labor of love “Continental.” Continental’s sound is soulful Rock n Roll, plain and simple. While often compared to a variety of different bands, they like to summarize their style as “Paul Westerberg writing songs for The Rolling Stones,” a compliment they received and have remembered for years. “I wear my heart on my sleeve and prefer to sing about what’s inside, rather than fast cars and shaking booty” says Rick.

Together with his son Stephen on bass, Andrew Dickson on drums, and various studio and touring guitar slingers, they have toured the US and Europe extensively as a headlining act, but also supporting bands such as Street Dogs, Reverend Horton Heat, Swingin’ Utters, The Tossers, and The Business. Make no mistake, Continental is not a vanity project for Barton. When the band isn’t on the road, the father and son team paint houses to support their “music addiction.”

With four releases to their credit thus far, the band hunkered down in Franklin TN with Andrew Dickson at the helm to put out their new album “Hello”. You can expect a raw but refined, clean but powerful, diverse and perfected version of the Rock n Roll that’s come to be expected from Continental. “We decided to simply record an album that we would like listening to, and it happened to describe us perfectly.” – Stephen Barton 

Continental – “Hello”

Hello - Continental

Release Date: March 17, 2023 Record Label: Rum Bar Records Release Type: EPBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Continental are back! It’s been a while since we heard from Rick and Stephen Barton, the father-and-son duo at the core of the Boston-ish rock and roll band. They took their time – and a few trips to Tennessee – to craft a new album on breaks from their collective day jobs (painting houses). The result is Hello, a lean, mean, rock-and-roll machine that came out on their new label home, Rum Bar Records. Listen below and buy the album on Bandcamp.

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Rick Barton

Rick Barton is an American musician and producer from Boston, MA, who is currently the singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band Continental. Barton was previously a founding member and guitarist of the rock band, The Outlets and a founding member and guitarist for the punk band Dropkick Murphys.

Rick Barton – “Nowhere Man”

"Nowhere Man" - Rick Barton

Release Date: November 17, 2023 Record Label: Unsigned Release Type: LPBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Longtime Boston-area music vet Rick Barton, perhaps best known for his role as founding guitarist of both Dropkick Murphys and The Outlets and fronting Continental (a band that also features his son Stephen on bass), has now dipped his toe into the world of the solo artist!

Due out November 17th, Barton’s debut solo record is entitled Nowhere Man, and it features his trademark baritone croon weaving its way through a dozen tales of a life spent on the road, wandering and searching and finding connection in lonely places. The album is available for pre-order now on Barton’s Bandcamp page, and it gets you access to a couple of tracks – “The Ballad of Fort Worth” and “The Man From Nowhere” as a way to whet your appetite. Check it out!