Dean Fearing and Robert Del Grande met in the early 1980s, when as young renegades they turned the culinary world upside down. Along with chef Stephan Pyles, the three Texans — each with his own unique culinary style — created what is now known throughout the world as Southwestern cuisine. Double lightning struck when Fearing and Del Grande discovered they both played Martin guitars.
They immediately started writing songs together and played their first show as the Barbwires at a fundraiser for the prestigious James Beard Foundation in 1985. Never letting their skyrocketing culinary careers get in the way, they've been playing together ever since at parties and food festivals throughout the country; the band has even appeared on television.