“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?


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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*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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Barefoot Rock n Blues Radio Show Tonight

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(my apologies to those followers who may have had this post hit their reader more than once. I’m trying new promotion tactics)


On “Barefoot Rock n Blues” this Sunday I’ll be spinning some of THIS Barefoot Lady’s favorite Indie Artist’s from the pages of Mixposure’s artist’s. I’m planning in late December on doing a “Barefoot’s 2014 Top 30 Tracks” from my past show’s.
Join me Sunday to hear who made this week’s play list. 8 pm eastern, you or your favorites might be included.

Where: www.mixposure.com/mix_radio

When: Sunday, November 23 @ 8pm eastern

For your enjoyment ~  https://www.mixposure.com/barefoot-music/audio/18323/barefoot-baroness-juke-joint-by-truevulgarians

Barefoot Baroness Juke Joint by one of my favorite things; The TrueVulgarians is just a sampling of what caliber of talent y’all hear on my shows, and will give you the sense of the warm & friendly community of music maker’s & listener’s we have at Mixstream Radio on mixposure dot com.

MIM Chain Reaction Series #2 w/ Toni Taylor-Helser

MIM Chain Reaction Series.
Here’s how it works.
On Wednesdays an ‘Interviewing Artist’ who will choose (tag) another artist and ask 10 questions which will be posted here to the group.
The “Interviewee Artist’ will have the until the following Wednesday to answer their 10 questions by posting their responses in the comment box.
Following the artist will choose a new (another) artist with 10 new questions and post a new post and continue with the Chain Reaction again.
#2 in the series – Barefoot Baroness aka Toni Taylor-Helser interviewed by Ron Kauffman
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From Ron: ” I tried not to use the same questions. Besides, I believe these are things people want to know about you.” 🙂

1. What is it about music that drives your passion?

I feel music on so many levels that I can’t imagine living without its impact in my life. That’s always been what drives my passion I think, that personal need to hear and feel music every single day. To let its inspiring and healing magic play out in my own life. Although music tends to be very personal I think music should always be shared because of its universal language and messages.

2. At what age did music become your passion?

I can recall being very young, about 3 years old and sneaking out of bed at to hear my parent’s jam with family & friends late into the night. Back in the day of big console television sets with picture tubes there was a cubby space under the picture tube that made a perfect listening spot for a small child. A hiding spot… not so much. I was caught a few times and sent back to bed, but after about the 4th time my parents realized I wasn’t giving up. I knew even then I needed to be part of it and they finally saw that in me. I lived all week for those Friday & Saturday night jams and began singing with this group of adults.

3. When you write, do you write melody and lyrics together, or separately, and why?

I am not a musician by any means (still only play AT playing the guitar) Both my parents however were musicians and music has always been a daily part of my life. Singing since a tot my parents use to say that I didn’t start talking; that instead I started singing sentences together. So in answer to Ron’s question, although I might hear a melody in my head I’m not adept at writing it. To date lyrics have been a separate thing for me. I need the music maker’s to turn what’s just a string of words into real music.

4. What do you consider success as a writer / artist?

I find success in knowing finally that I no longer need to look outside myself for validation and contentment. Knowing too that I am able to share that awareness through my words so that others might identify with it is absolutely where I see my success in writing. Having someone share with me that what I wrote has impacted them is absolutely my most satisfying reward, that I see as my success.

5. I know your very passionate about Indie Artists / Writers. Why is that?

Firstly Independent music/arts is what I was raised on and the community I grew up in. So some of my passion is pure sentimental devotion. Secondly there is a spirit that I am humbled by with Indie Artists, it’s the desire and maybe even need to create their art, regardless. Regardless of the artwork’s destination an Indie Artist does it because of the journey. Thirdly I am enchanted by indie music for music sake, and I feel a kindred spirit with artist’s who work so hard to create their amazing music without the losing any creative control. Deep Respect!

6. How do you feel about chasing the near impossible dream in today’s music industry?

Well, well…. I could be very wordy answering this and write a novel length response, but suffice to say that IF I had given up on chasing ‘my’ near impossible dream I’d not be doing what I am today. My feeling is that chasing dreams is what inspires hope, and I am not about to ever abandon Hope.

7. You have tons of fans. I’m sure they’d all like to know what kind of support you have at home?

That’s so kind of you Ron. Thank you. Interesting question and I am going to be very personal in my answer because I realize today that not practicing what I am most passionate about [because it denied someone else’s comfort] was killing my spirit. This is very personal subject for me and I think supporting what your loved ones are most passionate about IS part of being emotionally invested in that relationship. I believe that emotional investment is the foundation for any home and community. Today I live alone and love that my bizarre lifestyle and hours no longer tread on anyone else’s joy. Support today for me comes from daughter, grandchildren, close friends, and the Indie community of artists themselves. My daughter Janis is my #1 fan, she embraces my “Barefoot Baroness” alter-ego respectfully and devotedly as an individual chasing her own dreams, this means the moon and stars to me.

What inspires you to write?

People. People and how we as a humanity navigate life on the Universe’s terms and timetable.

9. If you could write music with your favorite writer, who would that be and why?

Oh my… there are so many. Many of them may not be household names. If I had only one wish then it would be Jackson Browne.

The why? Because Jackson has impressed and impacted me since a young teen with his lyrics, and music compositions. That a young man could be so transparent with his feelings and express them at just age 16 with lyrics and an acoustic guitar left me in awe. Songs like “These Days” and the volumes of storytelling that he’s written in song has touched me for more decades than I’ll admit to.

10. You’re the “Barefoot Baroness!” What inspired that name and idea?

My maternal grandmother nicknamed me “Barefoot Baroness” as a young girl because of my great distaste for wearing anything on my feet. Even socks. The nickname and the distaste for anything on my feet stuck throughout the years into adulthood. In 2006 I created a blog for my writing, albeit it took me a couple of years to find the courage to publish anything. Naming my blog “Barefoot Baroness” was the first time I considered using the nickname on any professional level and it has snowballed; in 2012 I founded Barefoot Music Group as part of my dream chasing that I spoke of earlier, and in June of 2014 I began an independent radio show called Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mixstream radio.

Thank you Ron, great questions that made me stop to think about my responses. I enjoyed this, hope y’all enjoy my responses.

Post Note: *see below

The TrueVulgarians are a brother-sister independent duo that honored me & my alter ego Barefoot Baroness by writing and recording a promotional song for my radio show Barefoot Rock n Blues. It’s a song, not just a promotion. …..

A song that I am humbled and honored by Bill & Jackie creating for me. What a gift! Thank you both.

*Here you can have a listen. https://www.mixposure.com/barefoot-music/audio/18323/barefoot-baroness-juke-joint-by-truevulgarians

Watch next Wednesday as I tag Ira Walker to be the next link in the Chain Reaction Series.

Barefoot Rock n Blues Encore w/ Trevor Sewell

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This Friday, August 29th, 2014. 7pm GMT – 1pm EDT
Hear Trevor Sewell’s newest album release in it’s entirety in this special encore presentation.
“Face To Face” is a beautiful acoustic compilation of Trevor’s signature style and sound an independent (and spontaneous) project recorded at Capital Records Studio in L.A.
I personally fancy the music of just a musician & their instrument, no bells, no whistle’s. Just the pure music.
Hope y’all will be joining Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mixstream Radio on Mixposure.com



In Trevor’s words:

This album is very different to my usual electric offerings as I just wanted to see what the songs were like when they were completely stripped back to just one guitar and one voice – it was completely unplanned and there was no set list. I was in Capitol Records in Hollywood to record tracks for my new electric album which will be released later in the year and the engineer set up my acoustic and a microphone and as I liked the sound through the headphones I just said ‘ Can I make an acoustic album while I’m in position’ – Joe the engineer just smiled and said ‘why not?’, so that’s what happened and less than 3 hours later the Face To Face album was in the can – we could have easily gone back and added lots of other instruments but that would have defeated the purpose so the only rules were no overdubs just one guitar, like I say there was no set list so I just played songs that happened to pop into my head at the time and Joe let me know when we had ten tracks. To sum up, although this was recorded in a studio it is in every way a Live album, so if anyone comes to my solo shows this is a good representation of what it sounds like. Capitol is a great place to record in and I managed to get started on my new electric album later that afternoon but with the bonus of an unexpected extra album already recorded, so all in all I think it was possibly one of the most productive days I’ve had in any studio – If Carlsberg made studios … thank you Capitol. ”  

~ Trevor Sewell  

That’s Friday August 29th @ 7pm GMT-1pm eastern

where: http://www.mixposure.com/mix_radio/

Exclusive Premier for Independent Musician Marco Akamawa

Barefoot Rock n Blues & Mixstream Radio 
Proudly Presents:
 Marco Akamawa 
 Barefoot Rock N Blues has the great honor of being the messenger to bring you Marco’s Moonlight & Autumn Blues, two brand new releases. – August 10th @ 8 pm eastern at Mixstream Radio. (www.mixposure.com). 

Marco Akamawa is an enthusiastic developer of dreams, as well as author, songwriter, singer, talent-developer, & wanna-be producer. A fervent “re-and up-cycler” of himself; and other old goodies. Marco is also a painter, graphic artist, web-developer, shoe designer, and above all a hopeless violin player.
An endearing and admirable trait about Marco  is he tries to speak as many languages as possible just for the sake of communicating and is currently living in the Netherlands.

The considerable amounts of money Marco Akamawa doesn’t earn at all, alongside with his considerable energy he spends on the ‘Dutch ‘Met Afval Wat Anders’ Project’ inspiring and assisting people to get their life back on track. Marco is especially inspired by and works with ‘Friends for Friends’; an organization that brings you, artists, and charities together worldwide for the benefit of children in need,

Not to keep his creative nature in a box Marco is also authoring a biographic novel called ‘Bats & Butterflies’ as well as recording a new music album.

The two tracks being showcased are prime examples of Marco’s considerable talents.

Marco shared some details behind these two brand new singles. Be one of the first to hear Marco’s two new tracks.


Words from Marco ~

“Moonlight’ is the first song I (ever) wrote, as a present to myself for my 50th birthday, in July 2013. and haven’t stopped writing songs since … keeps me healthy and off the street! A year later I invited the great German lead guitarist Jogi Vetter to improvise a solo for ‘Moonlight. Jogi listened, a few seconds later he sort of shook his sleeve, and wham-bam Moonlight’ had her solo,”


‘Autumn Blues’ is the first blues-song I ever wrote, October 2013 when feeling a bit, well, bluesy and locked up in tiny rainy little Holland.

My thoughts at the time were this:

‘remnants of the raw===
song of yesterday==
still linger in my head

so i pick a new straw
to make ‘m go away
with another song instead’


Marco & I both hope you’ll tune in August 10th at 8pm eastern. www.mixosure.com  

Give yourself the gift of experiencing Marco’s music and then sharing about this artist. Go back to work, social media, friends and family with excellent music to share that you’ll were one of the first ever to hear.