The Central Oregon (USA) 11th Hoedown For Hunger will take place at Bend’s Community Center (BCC), 1036 NE 5th St, Bend, OR 97701 on Saturday, Nov. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. This event is kind of mini-festival that features local artists who donate their performances each year to help raise money for BCC’s “Feed the Hungry” project. Many of Central Oregon’s finest acoustic performers participate. This year’s event will include Central Oregon’s busiest performer Bobby Lindstrom as well as 10-year old fiddle phenomenon CJ Neary, a multiple winner at the National Old Time Fiddler’s Championships to go along with state and regional titles. The music tends towards country, bluegrass and folk, but past shows have included some blues, celtic, and soul.
In addition to the music, the Hoedown also features a chili feed with a variety of chili recipes from restaurants and caterers of Central Oregon.
More details to follow.
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.
[A BMG Editorial]
I support and work with Independent artist’s. Of all mediums, be it musicians, fine artist’s, pottery maker’s, filmmaker’s, or writers, I support those who make their art and their passion come alive in what they create.
So who are the Independent artists? Who are these people behind their creations?
(Note- For the sake of continuity I’ll write who they are in the context of music, the musician. Yet to be clear what independent artists all have in common is enough to make my point across the medium board.)
First, for a meeting of the minds let’s agree that Independent Artists in this article means music that is written, performed, and produced independently of major commercial record labels, or any of their subsidiaries. Often an Indie musician creates in an autonomous approach from concept to inception, then to the execution of the music they create. Typically it is done without big studio financing, highly funded promotion campaigns, nor any label/studio support. The Independent artist does it all.
When I listen to indie musicians there comes a deep appreciation for all the hats an independent musician wears throughout the evolution of their music.
Which brings me back to my question. Who are they?
Although I cannot, nor would I presume to try to answer this question in personal terms about any artist, I do know that the following list of hats an indie artist wears is true for each artist.
Starting out as a Musician an artist soon takes on these other roles as well:
Human resource manager
Most independent musicians often juggle “day jobs” to help pay the bills; Indie artists are not in it for financial gain, there rarely is any. There’s no “Fortune” to be made; in fact it typically costs far more financially to create their music then they’ll ever likely see in return.
It’s also not about “Fame”.
Hence the many faces of the independent artists that have evolved,today, independently they create music under all those different hats.
…… we thank you! Independent Music Maker’s
Musician and friend to Barefoot Music Group Steve Patterson is a gifted finger pickin’ guitarist whose own music is like a soothing salve that heals open wounds on the heart. Steve’s chops come through the spirit of who he is right down through his fingers transposing all that soulful emoting right on to his fretboard.
As a writer whose focus is often music I am fascinated with the ways other musicians think and find ways to use social media as a tool to suss out questions in the music industry, especially the Independent music scene.
So Steve asked…….
” What qualities should a local band have to keep an audience happy, in a club situation? And, what is your biggest complaint about live music in the same situation…..”
……and so they answered.
Marvin ~ Play more upbeat songs…i hate to hear nothing but slow sad ballads.
Ruth W ~ I would love it if local bands would choose a club where the audience goes to listen to music and not drink all the beer on the planet. And if those local bands could play original music, it would be heaven.
Madalyn ~My one complaint is musicians playing so loud that you cannot hear vocalist. When it’s all instrumental cut loose. I really love nuanced pieces showcasing different instruments.
Robert H ~And sing-along songs (John Prine – Dear Abby, etc
Gayle ~ Play different songs…Hearing the same songs week after week gets old…
Sue B ~ My biggest complaint is the loudness issue; drums mic’ed in small rooms; instruments too loud for the vocals–and don’t turn the vocals up, turn the instruments *down*. I do not want to have to lean over to yell in a friend/companion’s ear to be heard or vice versa! Loud does not equal better.
But it’ll still be 100 bucks a gig for time immemorial.
A big complain is when there is no connection between musicians. The audience perceives it and is not good. I’m in a band where we talk at each other just by looking at the other. And we make the craziest arrangements on the fly, when someone makes a mistake we all manage to cover and make it look like it’s part of the trip. Musicians need to have fun on stage so that the audience will have fun too.
Amanda S ~ As a member of a touring band.. We try very hard to keep the balance of relevant music, classic favorites, and our own originals. I love a good original, but too many times you see bands playing originals that aren’t really that good, nor is it fun, ear catching, or indicative of the music the band’s style reflects. I also think it is important for a band to have a “look” one that isn’t just a group of people who randomly come together by happenstance. You don’t have to be a size 6, as s female, to be attractive on stage, nor do you have to be in a suit or khakis to be pleasing to the eye. I also try to make sure that we tell a joke or have good rapport with the other guys in the band. I like to see the banter when I am seeing another band. There should always be a show, within the show. Just my two cents, and yes venues should pay more.
I wish folks who turn out for live music would listen to the music and save their chatting for another time.
Steve P ~ Yes!
Steve G ~ I have been playing for the public since the early 70’s and it didn’t take long to figure out that MOST people don’t care if you perform great guitar solos or if your song selection is made up from super hard songs. MOST people don’t really come for the music. They want to hear familiar songs at a reasonable volume.
All the songs that musicians hate to play.
They notice if the vocals sound good but MOST could not tell if you made a mistake or nailed it.
Being TOO loud is the biggest complaint. People want to be entertained, have interaction with the band, and be made to feel special..
Todd K ~ To be sure to know the genres of music the crowd enjoys. If you play covers, I assume that would be especially important. And I think it would be equally as important if you play your own stuff
Peter D ~ VARIETY! VARIETY! VARIETY! The band member that usually does the “TALKING” etc. needs to be very interactive with the crowd but also don’t forget the other hand members…and the biggest pet peeve of mine would be….transition time between songs…lag time loses people’s interest….that’s my 2 cents worth! 😄😆😝😜😀
Angel F ~ Mix up the tempo. Play some originals but also play covers so people can hear some songs they know. Don’t talk between every song. Always use a set list. I like to dance, so dance-able songs make me happy. And my pet peeve is when the bass is mixed in too loudly. It drowns everything else out.
Brenda D ~ In some cases drums screens.
And a guy that can sing like Gregg Allman.
Johnnie H ~ MORE COWBELL !!!
Lorraine R ~ When you can’t hear the person singing because of other instruments. Then of course people talking while you are playing.
JD Talor ~ Costumes ….would be great ….maybe each gig could have a theme… Lol
Arlene T ~ Usually the same set, maybe have different playlists or something new your working on. You can see how a live room reacts. You might get more new faces in to expand your following.
Hello lovely Music Tribe ~
Excellent shares! Thank you so much to everyone for expanding your thoughts that became this fabulous dialogue. Loved this thread and saw great merit in the comments and posed topics as incredibly valuable sharing for the world of independent music and artists for which Barefoot Music is a steadfast advocate for.
A shout out of massive love and gratitude to musician and superb human Steve Patterson, from who this piece was inspired by
Stay Peacefully in tune ~Barefoot Music Group
“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!”
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
Central Oregon USA has some of the best talent in this country. The difference between a musician and an artist is palatable when listening and watching them perform.
It is with great pleasure and massive Oregon pride that BMG presents here for your entertainment and enjoyment one of the fastest growing popular Rocking Blues band on Oregon’s High Desert. David Miller and The Stones Throw will facilitate getting your groove on whether it be a live performance or as in this case a video of a live performance.
This is an extremely tight band trio with seasoned artists.David Miller and his bad ass lead guitar and vocals, Brian Hickey who lays down a bass line that grabs your attention, and Time Keeper Meshem Jackson. The musicianship and synergy on their stage cannot be taught, it’s an organic magic that comes from deep within their souls.
Drummer Meshem Jackson brought the audience to their feet with his impeccable swing while spontaneously filling the need to “hit stuff.”
A must see!
“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.
About The Artists.
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
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.