I’ll Shy Away_Phil & Toni


Music by Phil Kearney
Lyrics by Toni Helser

So this is it, this is my lightship
where my sense is regained
Here’s where I find a kinship
Penetrating the atmosphere with it’s frailty

Spiraling and cascading
into vulnerability
Words that flow with ease
Into fairytales of ecstasy

I’ll shy away
from all the tears
No longer chained to shame

I’ll shy away
taking risk where they belong

No need to lie
no need to pretend
that I’m okay
I’m okay

It was all part of the denial
but there’s grace in my face now
No longer quietly afraid
Singing “this is no charade,
this serenity…”

Casting out the shadows
of all that I buried
Showing the scars
like some battered little thing

I’ll shy away
from all the tears
No longer chained to shame

I’ll shy away
taking risk where they belong

No need to lie
no need to pretend
that I’m okay
I’m okay

Light glimpsing softly
Shadows celebrate with the sunshine
shifting brilliance in all that’s divine



Mystic Lady Gypsy Soul_Phil & Toni



Music: Phil Kearney
Lyrics: Toni Taylor-Helser

Mystic Lady Gypsy Soul
On the edge of the universe
And the visions that you hold `
Mystic Lady Gypsy Soul

Mystic Lady gypsy Soul
Your voice echoes in the wind
cosmic wisdom held within
Mystic Lady gypsy Soul

Infinite form
Infinite being
Infinite life

Mystic Lady gypsy Soul
a foreteller of shattered hearts
divining mysteries to be foretold
Mystic Lady gypsy Soul

Wrapped in layers of ancient times
you’re the seer of dreams
yet to unfold
in your Gypsy Soul

Infinite form.
Infinite being.
Infinite life.

Infinite form.
Infinite being.



11th Annual Central Oregon(USA) Hoedown For Hunger- A Music Benefit


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.

Find the Songs here


More details to follow.

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.

Indies…Who Are They?


[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:

Recording artist
Tour manager
Marketing manager
Human resource manager
Public relations manager
Music Director
Music Arranger
PIC (person in charge)
Graphic artist

……and teacher,

and mentor.

Creating the music is surely the most important job of an Indie Artist; for without their music this would be a mighty empty world. However, without indie artists embracing and tipping their respective hats to the other job duties needed to accomplish what is required their music would never reach us.


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”.

Having had the pleasure and honor to live and work in the world of independent music since the age of 14. I’ve seen the changes and today watch with renewed interest as the changes continue to unfold before our eyes and ears.
Today it’s not enough to simply turn up for rehearsals,learn the music, attend recording sessions and gigs. To find any level of success (regardless of the individual answer to what success is) means being invested artistically and in the operation of the business..

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



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: 
More Justin Johnson here http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/
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An Inquiring Musician Wants To Know: i.e Local Bands & Audiences

Steve Patterson

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.


Lynette ~ More Mustang Sally & Free Bird……
Mike NAlways to loud for me.
Windell ~ Excellent question..
Robert H ~ Audience participation. We have seen a local to Grand Prairie TX band (Jurassic Rock) and they would have a group of the lovely ladies from the crowd come on stage to play tambourine, the triangle and maracas during Mustang Sally or some other song. It was lots of fun.

Ruth WI 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.

Steve Patterson: ~ Could you who liked this post give feedback please…

Windell ~  I for one think the bands should be payed more, that would have a huge impact on presentation, performance, and new material…

But it’ll still be 100 bucks a gig for time immemorial.

 Charley B ~Variety.
 Steve Patterson Absolutely!!!
Terry GYou said a mouthful Charley!
Gerado ~ A good quality is that the band should be able to make people sing and move. When people get happy they consume more.

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.

Ann S ~ Your groups are the only bands i have ever went into a club to listen to and it isn’t visual, but more good music and connecting to the audience, such as making them forget they are in a club, but hanging out with friends instead. also, most club bands are underpaid, and really need the support of those enjoying their music.
Tony G ~ More crowd participation. I think it makes it more fun for everybody. The more fun(participation) the crowd has the more likelihood of coming to the shows. Biggest complaint would be repetitive shows. Same songs same set list. Granted that with a new cd, the new songs need to be played but not every one every time. AND for the record you KNOW I love local live shows
Toni ~ Mixing under covered tunes with originals
I wish folks who turn out for live music would listen to the music and save their chatting for another time.

Steve PYes!

 Heidi S ~  Atmosphere is key! Too many loud drunk people take away from those who really enjoy listening to the music. As long as the atmosphere/vibe is right, live music is the best form of entertainment and we have too little of it in Jackson!

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..

Colin H ~ Sound balance between voice and instruments… put the drums behind sound shields if the venue is small and check the balance as the crowd fluctuates throughout the evening.
Toni ~ Bam! 

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.

Tonette W ~ No more free bird…even the old tired covers were done by bands that had more than one song. Originals. No muddy vocals…ego maniacal guitar players don’t have to be the loudest. Drowned out vocals… And when you get offstage for a break..talk to folks. Make sure your genre fits the bar. And remember it’s a bar…people may listen..may get drunk..may not. And look as if you are having a good time.
Jeff S ~ Good singing trumps good playing. Great comment.
Tonette W ~ I owned three bars. Reel to reel aka fuel. Scratch monkey… Lots of great bands played at cotton bowl.
Jeff W ~ I love the real B3 and swelling of a Leslie tone cabinet live.
And a guy that can sing like Gregg Allman.

 Not to forget ,sweetest of a good Sultan of swing lead guitar sound.
Tommy C ~Guh
Jeff S ~ Play happy songs that people have heard before


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

Steve P ~ We’ve tried that….lol

JD Taylor Steve Patterson lol

Dianne J ~Too loud. And that’s not my age. I hated it too loud when I was young.
Tony R ~ I surely agree

Dianne J – Tony R     I hate when you can’t even talk to people.

 Doug M ~ Easy…. A band with such a ridiculous amount of fun playing together it is contagious along with the desire to grow as music
 Kevin A ~ Honestly, involve the audience. Guy that wrote Delta Dawn was at the center downtown and the entire crowd sang the song with him. can’t remember his name but remember his comment how great it was to play a song that everyone knew the words to.
Jeff L ~ Absolutely . . . involvement is the key . . . be it sing-a-long, dance, cowbell, kazoo, any way you can get the audience involved . . . they’ll love it & you will too. 🤓
 Kevin A ~ As far as a complaint, don’t just play the “can”, Express yourself, expand the music with your own interpretations, rifts, etc...
JR Parsons ~ Just keep playing “Rawhide” and everything will be fine! :-
Dena S ~  I’m like the rest… if you’re enjoying yourselves, having fun playing together, and talking/involving the audience it’ll keep their attention. 🙂

Arlene TUsually 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




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