Formed in 1994 by Baltimore music vets Bob Kannenberg and Brett Wilson, both former members of the hard-edged roots band the Misguided, the Barn Burners are a strong indication of how the many genres of American roots music can come together in a single musical unit. The band functioned as a duo until 1995 when Wilson left and Kannenberg was joined by brother Marc on bass and drummer Steve Raskin. Releasing Tobacco Sunburst on Run Wild Records in 1996, the trio made a considerable impact on the Swedish market where they were supported by Country Rock Specialisten. The Barn Burners, who are also part of a compilation put out by CRS in Sweden, have created a sound based on myriad of American roots music influences, traditional and otherwise, as Tobacco Sunburst clearly illustrates. Working stateside with Mike Lynam and Run Wild Records, the Barn Burners turned in a memorable performance on Lynam's 1998 tribute to Dave Alvin and the Blasters with their version of "I Don't Want To."
By 1999, the Barn Burners had regrouped once again when Paul Thomas, Tony Vittoria and Bonanza D. Jones joined Bob Kannenberg to form a quartet with the occasional addition of Dave Geigerich (Bill Kirchen, Richard Buckner) on dobro. A second project is in the works.