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    Many state leaders gathered in Raleigh on August 14th to salute Dick Barnes of Davie County for his lifetime of service to North Carolina.  Governor Beverly Perdue presented the "Order Of The Long Leaf Pine" to him.

    Shown at the presentation ceremony from left to right are Judge Cressie Thigpen, Judge Cheri Beasley, Judge Linda McGee, Chief Justice Sarah Parker, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, School Superintendent June Atkinson, State Auditor Beth Wood, Dick Barnes, Carol Barnes, Governor Perdue, Preston Burns, Judge Martha Geer, and Peg O'Connell.

    Dick Barnes has served as a State Senator and a State Representative.  He has managed many successful statewide election campaigns.  In 2012 he is managing the campaigns of Beth Wood, Wayne Goodwin, Judge Linda McGee, Judge Wanda Bryant, and Judge Cressie Thigpen.

   Dick is also a well known entertainer.  He wrote and recorded "Booze It & Lose It" which promoted safe driving.  He wrote and recorded "North Carolina -The Place To Be" which was the Number One hit song in 13 different countries!  It was nominated for "Song Of The Year" by the European Country Music Association.



ADVANCE, NC -- The European Country Music Association nominated “North Carolina … The Place to Be” for Song of the Year, and composer/performer Dick Barnes as Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, in the first-ballot nominations. The final nominations include other artists including Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley.  Dick has also been awarded ,in the final round,  a nomination as New Comer Artist of the Year.

“To make the nominations out of more than 3,500 artists and songs is just unbelievable,” said Barnes, whose work has been promoted by Comstock Records Ltd. “I knew the song was getting a lot of attention overseas, but had no idea that it would generate this kind of reaction among country music performers, disc jockeys and fans. I am deeply honored by the nominations.

Barnes is a native of Catawba County  North Carolina. He has been performing since the age of 3. He comes from a family of 12 children that included two Gospel quartets and a duet. His roots in Gospel music slowly expanded to include country and western music, and composing as well as performing.

Dick is a former member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives and the North Carolina State Senate.

 For more information visit: http://www.europeancma.com/New_Awards.htm






A little ditty about drunk drivingDick Barnes

A former state legislator has written a song against drunk driving.

Dick Barnes, a former representative and senator from Forsyth County, originally recorded "Booze It and Lose It" in the late 1990s, around the time that the State Highway Patrol began using the slogan for its DUI campaigns.

At the time, Barnes was deputy commissioner of insurance under Jim Long, who coined the phrase along with the head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"If you booze it you lose it, don't be a fool," the chorus goes. "The highway is not the place to be. They'll take your license, raise your insurance rates. Lock you up and throw away the key."

But he didn't have much time to promote it, and the song got only limited release in North Carolina.

Now retired, Barnes went back to the studio earlier this year and remixed the song. It's now been rereleased on IGO Records out of Nashville. He says it's getting play in Europe, Australia and Japan.

"A little song recorded in Rural Hall, N.C., has gone worldwide," said Barnes.

Barnes is no stranger to music. As a child, he performed in the Baby Barnes Quartet, one of three gospel group's formed from his parent's 12 children.

Starting at the age of three, he was onstage with the likes of Minnie Pearl and Jerry Lee Lewis. But his musical career fell to the side as her pursued a life in politics.

Now 64, Barnes said he has more time to devote to music.

"Some people play golf," he said. "My hobby is music."

He's recorded a country album called "Good Ol' Country," which includes a bluegrass number called "North Carolina ... The Place to Be." He's also at work on a gospel album as a follow-up. Meantime, "Booze It and Lose It" has been released as a single.

He said he hopes the song will get good play on the radio with the Labor Day holiday coming up.

"I just want to bring awareness to the problem of drinking and driving," he said.




Giving Back With Music

Dick Barnes Becoming Popular Overseas

By Mike Barnhardt

Davie County Enterprise Record

ADVANCE - Dick Barnes remembers well the day that Minnie Pearl picked him up and sat  him on a stool.  He was 6, and too small to reach the microphone. That was some 58 years ago, and Barnes is still singing. See full article.


Dick Barnes
Booze It & Lose It
CDX 427, Track # 11


Airplay Specialists is proud to help raise awareness about the consequences of drinking and driving with "Booze It & Lose It" by Dick Barnes.

 "Booze It & Lose It" is the perfect song to remind your listeners to not get behind the wheel while they are drinking and having fun.

 "Booze It & Lose It" was recorded and given limited release to radio in North Carolina to gauge public reaction. The results from listeners has been overwhelmingly positive. North Carolina was the first state to adopt the Booze It & Lose It theme to curtail drunk driving. Since then, TN, FL, OR, GA, CA, and all other states have adopted the theme or similar themes using the words Booze and Lose. The song has been extremely effective in bringing public awareness to the problem of drinking and driving. Although humorous, it sends a clear message; "Don't Drink And Drive."

Dick Barnes is a native of North Carolina, a former North Carolina State Senator, and a former member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives. "Booze It" & Lose It" is Track #11 on CDX 427.


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"Booze It & Lose It” Released Nationally


ADVANCE, N.C. – Dick Barnes announces the national release of his country song “Booze It & Lose It,” which was originally available only in North Carolina. The “Booze It & Lose It” single shares the goal of the campaign with the same name – to raise awareness of and prevent drunk driving. Of the release, Barnes says, “The greatest accomplishment of any songwriter or musician is the creation of a song that has a positive impact on the lives of those who hear it. I am confident the ‘Booze It & Lose It’ song will continue to contribute to saving lives on our highways by encouraging those that drink to think twice and act responsibly before driving impaired.” IGO Records has included the single, which is being promoted by Airplay Specialists Radio Promotion, as part of a compilation released by CDX Music to over 2,000 country stations. In North Carolina, the song has been championed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the Highway Patrol and the commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Jim Long. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has also applauded the release.


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