“Backyards & Home Fronts by Steve Pullara- A BMG Review

 

 

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Steve Pullara’s newest children’s album Backyards & Home Fronts bridges the miles between deployed military and their family with the most upbeat and positive messages of love.

Through each of the eleven tracks listeners will find songs of celebrations for life’s little moments that are priceless, Steve’s lyrics and melodies create a path of sharing whether the distance is across a room or across an ocean. Consistently Steve and His Cool Beans Band bring whimsical and meaningful lyrics of love and hope to families around the world.

I’ve written before saying Steve’s albums should be part of every home every local library and school, now I include every military base housing should make this album available to the families stationed away from one another and often far from home.

When you’re looking for a gift to give to the children in your life I highly recommend Backyard & Home Fronts. Perhaps gift a copy to your local library too.

Toni Taylor-Helser- Barefoot Music Group, DJ Mixstream Radio

Discover Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band  More Here

BMG Review of “Beautiful Souvenirs” by Tony Schofield ft Sophia Armstrong

 

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For transparency I will begin my review of Tony Schofield’s “Beautiful Souvenirs” ft Sophia Armstrong by declaring two points: 1) I am terribly choosy about female vocalists, it’s only from a tonality point but that point alone is a major factor for my ears. However, I fell in love with Sophia Armstrong’s vocals. 2) This review is a first of a kind for BRnB’s to include or focus on a female singer, we are happy to say welcome to Miss Sophia and Tony.

I fell in immediate like of Tony Schofield’s lyrics and music compositions on this album, I was completely surprised to learn that Tony who is a chemist in the United Kingdom does not consider himself a musician;. In his words  “I am not a musician.I am a chemist and I play the guitar. After many years of playing in bands I have accumulated a load of guitars and a load of music ideas. I resolved to get this stuff recorded before I was 60.”  (excerpt from the CD jacket information):
After much encouragement and grouping together the right people the final mix was “put in the can” 7 days after Tony’s 61st birthday. A result that I’d like to add to the thought that it was well worth the wait.
This compilation of songs written mainly by Mr Schofield is a tapestry of stunning vocals, guitars and piano. Featuring the voice of an angel with an edge vocalist Sophia Armstrong separates the women from the girls – weaving the listener through genres ranging from a chart climbing pop tune on track #1 “Lavender”: to the sultry swamp blues of track #6 “Too Much Of a Good Thing” with its fabulous slide guitar intro.
An eclectic mix of songs in the selections and phrasing of each on the album. A wonderfully surprising thing I found (aside from Mr Schofield not claiming to be a musician) was there is something for everyone’s taste in favorites on this 13 track CD. That rarely happens.
With Mr Schofield’s compositions of raw piano solos that allow the listener to believe for just those few moments that what she is hearing is meant for her ears alone creates goosebumps that present with each listen. Like the lyrics the music compositions and instruments give a naturally intense vibe; created from the song’s mix of flares reminiscent of Latin dance, jazz, pop, country, and even some folk. I hear Joan Baez & Judy Collins influences in the lyrics of the title track; “Beautiful Souvenirs”. and that Miss Armstrong channels both beautifully. (whether knowingly or not.)
Beautiful Souvenirs is aptly titled. I mentioned earlier the CD’s phrasing of the 13 tracks, it definitely is a 13 track journey of emotions and memories evoked throughout.
A bottle of wine, candlelight, and “Beautiful Souvenirs” make for a beautiful evening’s ambiance.
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2016

BMG Review- “If Walls Could Talk” by Justin Johnson

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Maestro Justin Johnson’s “If Walls Could Talk” is an intriguing album of engaging instrumental compositions and arrangements with extraordinary layers throughout all 12 dynamic tracks. A must hear that should not be defined by genre alone.
A fellow roots fan first introduced me to Johnson’s music a couple of years ago when he was on tour performing with his Cigar Box Guitars (CBG) in Coos Bay Oregon while also turning his shows into teaching  moments. Educating school children (and parent & teachers) about CBG’s and their relationship to the history of Roots music; keeping an important art alive and thriving with new students thanks to Justin Johnson.  
Whether it be one string or 12, Maestro Johnson is a string virtuoso and he is an ambassador for Roots music.
 
This newly released CD & DVD combination “If Walls Could Talk” showcases the impeccable string musician that Johnson is; spotlighting the individual layers of who he is as a musician, and who he is as an artist. These 12 tracks speak volumes to how genuine Johnson stayed to his own roots (pun intended) on this project, and how true he stayed to the music that unfolded in the Tennessee Braxton Dixon built house where he lived during the composing and arranging of this album.  
The brilliant nod to the stunning voices of each of the instruments Justin chose to use also feels to this listener that he intentionally also stayed true to his signature sound and roots style.
Justin Johnson has created an archive of music history with this album.
Album producer John Carter Cash says it far more eloquently about Justin and his music; “the very soul of America.” 
 
If you’re a lyrically driven music fan who’s not typically an instrumental fan Justin Johnson is going to convert you with his introspective melody lines.
If you are a die-hard instrumental fan “If Walls Could Talk” will speak to you on many levels with the dramatic voices of each string instrument that Justin and album producer John Carter Cash obviously put much thought into choosing.
If you are a returning Justin Johnson fan then you will be happily content with this new addition to Johnson’s catalog. 
 
As is my custom when living listening to a new album I intend to write about I begin compiling snippets of notes. “If Walls Could Talk” struck me right away as being quite special. A repeated note I made throughout the week was referencing the emotional roller coaster this album takes the listener on; each song evoking wonderfully intense feelings of nostalgia, lightness, sadness, mourning and moody
feelings…. just like music is meant to do- just like music should do.
 
The opening track for me is nostalgia in music, captivating me right away with Johnson’s epic interpretation of “Summertime,”
Justin perfectly sets up the stunning ambiance for the phrasing of the entire album with this classic song with the strikingly beautiful unique voice of the 1923 Gibson Mandolin. It’s fine nuances bring a richness of depth to this classic that makes it Justin’s own. The mandolin ‘singing’ the lyrics is perfectly accompanied by a 1963 Gibson Folksinger and “Magic” an upright bass. This is a treasure to any collection of music, it’s also a fabulous crossover for different categories of collections. 
 
Though I could easily write about each of the 12 tracks, I’m not. I don’t want to intrude on anyone’s first listen who may have not yet to heard the album. Each listener is going to hear something different from these walls as this music will touch a personal chord in each one of us. 
 
While speaking of personal and again my love for nostalgia in music I want to address one more track.
So many memories are wrapped around music
Track #5 “Wood & Weed” takes me back in time to another phase of my life when traditional country music was what I was being raised on. “Wood & Weed” is definitely not country, nor is it traditional. Great roots music is organic in nature and allows for the listener to hear in the composition that which reaches inside and grabs the individual attention of each of us..I am taken to my childhood with this track.
 
Throughout the album there is almost a mythical ‘poetic-ness’ – for me it’s all about the instrument voices and the songs they sing. Much like a Museum of Art I find myself associating this album to a dream come true for an audio curator of string instruments.
Audiophiles/musicologists like myself however will find this no dream, instead happily we find a reality in our ears when we hear the brilliance of Maestro Johnson perfectly translating the voice of each incredible instrument that he played on this album.
 
*Recording Notes*
Mandolin- 1925 Gibson Lloyd Loar F5
Resonator Guitar- 176 Dobro Model 66
Acoustic Guitar- 163 Gibson F-25 Folksinger
Acoustic Guitar-Martin Limited Edition OM-28WRosanne Cash Signature Model #2
Electric Guitar- Little Crow Guitars Custom “Justin Johnson”Corvinho Model
Cigar Box Guitar- Homegrown Strings-4-string
Baritone Ukulele- Willow Glen Guitars
Upright Bass- “Magic”
 
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the video footage of the recording sessions on the DVD included in the CD/DVD set. I purposely left watching the DVD until I was ready to write and I am glad I did as I wanted to write without any bias; After watching the video I know that would not have been an easy thing to do. 
Following Justin and Nikki for months prior to release they shared so many aspects of this project during the composing and then the recording that their sharing endeared them both to fans,this writer included. Leaving the DVD’ for the last was much like an epilogue to living vicariously through Justin & Nicki over the past several months allowed for no bias on this listener/writer’s part.
The music that went on inside those walls is simply brilliant, and that’s no bias. Like blueprints, that’s a fact 
If Walls Could Talk Cd/Dvd available here www.RootsMusicSchool.com
  “If Walls Could Talk” Mp3’s available at all outlets below here: 
 https://www.amazon.com/Walls-Could-Talk-Justin-Johnson/dp/B01J2BT2RY
 
More Justin Johnson here http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/
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2016

A BMG Review “Key Ring Of Faith” by Steve Pullara

 

“Key Ring Of Faith” by Grammy award-winning Steve Pullara’s opening track “Heaven’s Floor” sets the tempo for a solid 10 track album of worship music. As I listen (again) I find myself being especially moved by the spirited fiddle that is a perfect complement to Steve’s lyrics and music compositions. This contemporary Gospel/worship album is family suited for any age, but especially it brings out the inner child of God in all of us. Pullara takes scriptures to music creating an album that sends messages of hope and encouragement.

With memorable melodies and lyrics that are purposefully simple and with harmonies that are light and spirited, these are songs that will inspire the whole family or congregation to sing along. One of my favorite tracks has become #6-“Port of The Lord” with its accordion intro that feels so traditional for worship music coming from Pullara. (I had never been an accordion fan before) The organic instruments of this roots music continues to compliment the spiritual word-smithing by Pullara throughout all 10 tracks; the banjo, guitar, piano, the fiddle and accordion keep the melodies whistling in my head even once I turned the media player off. Worship music with “stick to it-ness.” This album belongs in the home, the car, Sunday school and worship services.

        ~ Toni Taylor Helser, DJ, Mixposure Radio, Barefoot Indie Artists Group, Bend, Oregon

In Steve’s words: “I felt it was time to share my Christian faith with the gift of roots music during an era when other artists and peers from various genres are expressing their beliefs and faiths too. Through the years, I’ve honed my craft by playing and singing in music ministries, Bible studies and to very large family audiences. Using that knowledge and musicianship, this album is crafted with original and colorful Scripture concepts in audio canvases. Enjoy!”

Here’s a video from our Roots Gospel album entitled “Key Ring Of Faith.”

This song is entitled “Where Do All The Doggies Go?” It deals with that enduring question pondered by us all from childhood into adulthood. Listeners and viewers have asked if they can share this video among family and friends. Our answer is “Yes” and “Certainly.” Simply click the “Share” button. You can also go to our album’s website which is posted in the video to read its lyrics and to sample the rest of our new Roots Gospel songs from “Key Ring Of Faith.” Thanks for listening and sharing our lyrical video. It means a lot to us”.

God Bless, Steve Pullara and His Red Eared Sliderz

Visit Steve’s Official website here

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A Collaboration For “Love”

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“Love” is a new 2016 release by David Miller ft Beau Bert.

 Taking great delight Barefoot Music is honored to introduce a new song release titled “Love” by the collaboration of musicians David Miller & Beau Bert, both hailing from USA.  Lyrics written by Singer-Songwriter/Word Master David Miller- composed and performed by Beau Bert. This new song “Love” will surely to touch the listener’s heart while gently being reminded of just how genuine and lasting love can be, just as a love song most certainly should do.

* listen here

About The Artists.

David Miller

David Miller, a talented seasoned lead guitarist and singer David also is a local music teacher and a singer-songwriter who is a master of original lyrical wordsmithing. David is a native son of Oregon state in the USA and writes original songs in several genres. In the lyrics  to “Love” David’s vision for the tune to have a classic contemporary country music feel resulted in this emotionally impacting love ballad. Along with with his multiple music projects and teaching music David is also a creative writer of fiction and editorials that inspire thought provoking discussions on his his blog. David and his wife make their home in Bend Oregon with their two daughters.

additional links for David: David’s Blog Living The Music Life

More of David’s music here @ Soundcloud

 

Bert Beau

Beau Bert also a talented musician who’s originally from Dallas Texas and now resides in Red Oak Texas with his wife ad children. Bert’s vocals and music composition compliment David’s lyrics masterfully on this collaboration creating a sense of beautiful nostalgia in this country love song. Bert is a police officer serving his community; with his vocals alone it’s difficult to believe he only plays music as a hobby, yet it is so..Beau is also brother to Bend’s Kim Kelley, another Oregon musician who was the catalyst in how Bert and David originally connected. 

 

*all rights to this song are owned by the writers/composers, not Barefoot Music Group.

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2016

A *BMG Review ~ Steve Pullara’s Cd ” Butterflies Wear Sneakers”

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From the moment I opened Steve Pullara’s new Cd “Butterflies Wear Sneakers” I knew that the family friendly compilation of music that Steve had promised on this CD he was delivering. Even before I heard one note, or even one word, I fell in love with the CD’s artwork/photography by Cher Baldanza.

Then ONE listen through and immediately I knew that If someone were looking to begin or add to the music library of a special loved one this album “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.”  is one I will highly recommend

Doesn’t the title of the album alone make you smile?

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“Butterflies Wear Sneakers” is a perfect title for this newest work from folk singer Steve Pullara who brings his own signature style and sound from his home state of Pennsylvania to the world. Of the eleven tracks on the new CD only one is a cover tune. (A wisely phrased choice as it’s a Stevie Wonder tune.) The other ten are all Steve Pullara originals. It’s an album of universal language that Steve sings. Love.

With Steve’s band members The Red Eared Sliderz-  Patrick Robinson, Brian Nagy, Dan McCormick, Valerie Vuolo and Alfred James Goodrich they bring a rich variety of Folk, Americana and Country music that will captivate the entire family. There is a sweet wholesome in the storytelling Steve weaves through song. 

From the opening track “The More Teeth Missin’ The Better For Kissin”” and throughout I became enchanted by the touching wordsmithing and the richly organic sounds of the instrument arrangements. This is “Feel Good” music and I would love to see it in our local libraries, especially in the children’s library. The album is a perfect collection of family friendly music and storytelling that very quickly if you’re like me will have your whole family singing along.

We as a universal music community of arts are sorely void of fantastic music that is family friendly and I continually find Steve’s music ‘hook’ to be that he is tapping into an audience that needs stellar musicians and lyricists like Steve. An artist needs a good hook more than ever today to set them apart which is no doubt one of the reasons Steve Pullara is a Grammy Award winning artist. I think we as a universe need role models in artists who share messages of love, optimism, and hope. There’s a beautiful wholesomeness and nostalgia to what Steve brings to our ears, and to our emotional and spiritual intelligence that I find endearing.

As a lyricist Steve’s stories are beautiful reminders of all the goodness we should hold strong. Instrumentally this band is top-notch on all levels, and this reviewer is a fan of the deeply Americana sounds from the Dobro, violin and banjo.

Please visit Steve’s *website and enjoy a preview Steve’s newest “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.” This album makes an excellent gift for an entire gift list, even the artwork on the actual Cd is itself is a gift when first opened…..then just sit back and let the opening introduction of the first track begin your listen…. I promise you’ll be delighted by all the smiling faces listening with you.

I’m still smiling.

http://www.stevepullara.com/#!blank/c1sy3

The album is also available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and ITunes.

Support Your Local Artist Today!

Producers: Steve Pullara – Patrick Robinson  – Alfred James Goodrich

Mastering – James Cravero  East Coast Recording Company

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“Naked Glory” by The Sign ( A Barefoot Review)

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Australia’s own Tassie’s Jo Stevens & Paul Volta who are ” The Sign” are a duet band not to be missed, regardless of the genre you might have a preference for; because The Sign draws influences from across the genre board. All are expressed in the rich infusion that creates their original style and sound.

 

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Their album “Naked Glory” which they soft released when they were touring is currently building up massive steam with much radio air play, including on the Barefoot Rock n Blues shows- I am proud to announce the world-wide radio debut of the entire album on March 28th @ 8 pm eastern (USA) and March 29th @ 11 am (Tasmania) on Mixstream Radio (*see links below)

The self proclaimed Recycled Teenagers from Tasmania Australia are unique in their style, sound, and delivery. If The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had been a fusion group, and from Australia, you would be close to the music that The Sign brings the Universe. But make no mistake, The Sign has a signature sound & style all their own. I’m a major fan, and love their style of using slide guitar as almost a call and response technique as part of their lyrical melody lines.

From the introducing track “In Your Own World “Jo & Paul set the rocking tone for the album. Naked Glory is filled with an awesome Beatle-esque harmony style which is most apparent to this listener in “You Can’t Do That” and doesn’t disappoint with any of the 12 tracks.
“Straw of Gold” brings the album all together as it’s closing track.

Jo and her 12-string guitar, vocals, and writing style is perfectly complimented by her partner in crime Paul on his 6-string and back-up vocals, as I am writing these words to “One of These Days’ I can’t stop dancing in my chair!

Curious now?

Great!

Join me on Barefoot Rock n Blues (*info below) for the exclusive debut of the album and hear why Naked Glory is being spun & and an often topic of discussion and sharing between DJ’s and music listeners from around the world.

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NAKED GLORY by The Sign

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*Hear the exclusive world-wide radio debut of Naked Glory in it’s entirety on Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mistream Radio @ www.miposure.com

*USA Sunday March 28, 2015 @ 8pm eastern

*Tasmania Australia Monday March 29th @ 11am

Please join Jo & I in the chat room during the show @ www.miposure.com/mix_radio

From The Sign ~  ” Thank you Toni ..this is wonderful and we will have a surprise for those who are listening as well …I am so looking forward to it ..See teehee, hear you then xx” ~ Jo Stephens-Volte

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Bill Madison’s “Sweet Jelly” (a Barefoot Review)

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This Barefoot music listener and fan of Bill Madison received a message from Bill a couple of months back that put a smile on my face.  Bill said he had woke one morning with his song “Barefootin’ Boogie” in his head. Recording it and including it in his message saying he thought of Yours Truly. Soon this became the intro track to his new CD “Sweet Jelly”.

From this intro track and throughout the album’s collection of tunes Bill keeps your bare feet doing a definite boogie with his rich acoustic guitar accompaniment, and his distinctive vocal quality full of natural expressions.

Bill is the first artist I experienced with Online Busking on his Saturday shows on www.streetjelly.com, happily so, as I quite like Bill’s style and sound. His latest album/Cd is a 13 track collection from his Street Jelly shows. I find the natural feel of this album as easy and comfortable to listen to as it is to experience his shows online. It is a venue made for an artist like Bill Madison, and I am delighted that his was my first experience with concerts in this format.

This collection begins with his original tune Barefootin’ Boogie that absolutely sets the tone of ambiance for the listener. Bill takes us through a journey of classic cover tunes that will have you feeling you have been time warped in the most of nostalgic ways.  Bill has an easy flow to his vocal tone that he compliments so nicely with his acoustic guitar which creates a rich full sound as a soloist.

From his inspiring epic “All Along The Watch Tower”, to the romance of Eric Clapton’s ?Wonderful Tonight”, to the closing track “Forever Young” this album will certainly inspire memories from days gone by as well as inspire new memory making today.

Get yours inspired today.

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https://madisonmusicblog.wordpress.com/

http://www.billmadisonmusic.com/

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Live Performance of “The Angel’s Gift” by Siberian Solstice

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Barefoot Baroness & Barefoot Music wishes you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy 2015 with this very generous gift of Siberian Solstice’s performance of The Angel’s Gift –performed at the Defiance Christian Church, Ohio USA – recorded and produced by Ken Richer.

Feel welcome to share with your family & friends.

 

 

 

 

Band Members:

Dave Coonrod – Bass

Dave deal – Keyboard

Tom Spraque – Main Vocals

Steve Parker – Percussion

Marie Moore – Keyboard

Jeff Montgomery  -Guitar

For more information about the band and their shows: http://www.siberiansolstice.com/members.htm