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

When An Artists Dream Comes True

“A dream come true!!! I met Dave Mustaine and could give him my painting!!! Life is good, absolute happiness”    ~ Jorge Poveda, Artist

 

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Take a virtual stroll through Jorge’s gallery here.

When Fine Artist Jorge Poveda is inspired to paint one of his visually stimulating musician tributes there are many things on his mind. One thing I think is always on his mind is the hope that his dream of meeting and presenting his painting to the respective musicians will come true..

Recently this is in fact what happened. Jorge’s dream came true regarding metal master Dave Mustaine; most notably known as Megadeth’s Co-founder & lead guitarist/singer as well as Metallica’s original lead guitarist.

Jorge’s expresses of his joy so well in the stringing of words together that his joy is felt by anyone reading his words.As is with his brilliant tributes; the pure joy the musicians give to artist Jorge Poveda can be felt in his translating in every brush stroke and every vibrant color he choice.

SO cool Jorge!!

Are there other paintings that have brought Jorge to his dream coming true?  Take a virtual stroll through Jorge’s gallery here.

 

 

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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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Bobby Lindstrom’s Hefferdust Blues (sneak peeking to upcoming new album)

Please allow BMG to introduce you to Bobby Lindstrom Hefferdust Blues.

Bobby is a Oregon home-grown guy originally born and raised in Coos Bay Oregon, now residing with his wife and guitars in Bend Oregon (if you haven’t yet been introduced to his Hefferdust Blues)  As this post is being typed Bobby is currently in a Nashville studio laying down tracks for his new Cd – all original material.

The following video performance is one inspired by a trip to New Orleans last fall with his bride Sharon, Bobby not only memorialized a significant trip to the Big Easy but he (as is his style) shares an important universal message through song.

* Note: ft Ed The Whistler accompanying Bobby.

 

Bobby Lindstrom – Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter

Genres: Singer Songwriter Blues / Rock

Label: Hefferdust Music Co.

Born in a small timber town on the Oregon Coast, Bobby’s passion for music began at Christmas at age 10 with his first guitar. Many bands and guitars later he connected with his treasured 1968 Les Paul in 1970. Now named “Bessie Mae” (named by Little Milton’s long-time road mgr, Scrap Iron, while on the Blues Cruise Oct 2010) She has been his constant companion for 4 decades, bearing witness to this passion which has taken him across the USA sharing his gift.

His friends and fans know the intensity and love of music that he exudes while performing, which is truly justified watching any one of his animated live shows. His songwriting has exploded recently, with 4 cd’s released since 2010, 3 of which are all original songs, some of his best work yet, and one a cover of his old blues favorites with some amazing musicians backing him up.

“He is a high energy, blues influenced rock ‘n roller at the top of his game.” His full soul is fast becoming known and welcomed as “one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in America.”

Bobby’s long road to success has been well worth the journey. He just seems to always have a good time. At home in Central Oregon Bobby embraces the opportunity to play with some of the best musicians this side of the Mississippi every chance he gets and it’s always a wonderful surprise to discover who might be joining him on stage. With the same love of music and perseverance he has always embodied Bobby continues to promise and deliver all great things still to come.

Paying his dues after performing for years all over the Northwest and meeting people from all over the world Breedlove Guitars added Bobby as a Breedlove endorsed Bluesman when they handing him a 5k acoustic beauty he lovingly named “Belle.” A finely crafted instrument, the tones and sounds it makes magically complement Bobby’s voice. It was given to him by the company to perform to the masses, carry the music, and do a little advertising for them, which he proudly does with every performance.

“Belle” Bobby’s beloved Breedlove

Whether a solo or duo show; with funny stories, soulful ballads, rocking the blues…or with his band which includes some of the best talent anywhere, you can catch him performing at many popular venues and clubs. Bobby Lindstrom receives rave reviews from fellow musicians and critics alike. Available for private house parties, weddings, family reunions, celebrations of all kinds. You will not be disappointed by hiring Bobby Lindstrom!

For bookings; contact Hefferdust Music, 541-610-2007 or email @ lindstrom@bobbylindstrom.com

 For more examples of Bobby’s music and more information:here

For information about Oregon’s renown luthiers at Breedlove Guitars  here

 

Watch this 2016 Fall for his new album to drop.

 

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John Burrell- Uncaged

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Uncaged:

I am John Burrell.  An Army brat that moved all over the country before finally settling in Arkansas in 2000. I was raised Baptist, and as such, exposed to the beautiful harmonies within Southern Gospel Music. I was also exposed to several genres growing up, such as the “golden oldies” of the 50’s and 60’s (still, in my opinion, the best era of music), as well as bluegrass, theatrical music, big band, Barbershop, and many more.

At 5, I started piano lessons, which lasted until I was 11. I fell in love with the guitar the first time I saw Back to the Future. My parents bought me my first guitar (which I still have and play) when I was 10, although I didn’t start playing until I was 15. I had a very unique instructor, in that he used music to teach me rather than the basic theory that I had already learned through piano. The first song I learned was Proud Mary by CCR, and from there many other oldies and classic rock songs. Through his teaching I started getting heavily into the classic rock and blues of the late 60’s and 70’s. I didn’t have an electric guitar at the time, so I improvised and arranged certain heavier songs to an acoustic, mostly finger-picked style, and this began my love for arranging and covering tunes to fit my vocal range and instrumental talent. I lost confidence in my musical capabilities for quite a few years, but have found it again over the past year and a half. I have recently rediscovered my writing abilities, and started writing and recording my own songs.

The name “Uncaged” is actually a rename from the original “Open Cages” – “Open Cages” referred to being in a cage that is open, but refusing to escape it–just as I allowed myself to be in positions that I knew were bad and unhealthy for me, but did not change it.  “Uncaged” came when I finally allowed myself to let go and be free of what was hurting me at the time and change my outlook on some things.

A couple of people have also asked me to explain how I currently record my music:  Other than my guitars and amp, all I use is an iPhone with the Garageband app on it (which has several features and filters I can use), and then mix and upload it to YouTube.

If you have a moment, please visit my YouTube page here and subscribe, as well as my Facebook here.

20 Worst Indie Artists Mistakes

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A guest post by Johnny Dwinell of Daredevil Production

 

1.    Your Songs Suck – Consumers will instantly click past a crappy song to thousands of online radio stations till they find a good song that really moves them in the first 10-20 seconds.  You better have GREAT songs.  It’s a CRAFT; it always has been.  Treat is as such.  You need to seek out a few mentors to teach you what they know about their CRAFT and apply your unique vision and perspective to that knowledge.  Easy to do with all the online writing societies.

 

2.    You’re Producing Yourself – Have you ever wondered why a record label would NEVER let you or your friends produce your own record?  Have you ever wondered why most of the iconic Superstars STILL use producers?  Why aren’t they saving money by producing themselves?  Surely a producer at that level is pretty damn expensive!  Get it?  Just because you can work Pro-Tools or Logic doesn’t mean you can or should make a record.  The label would put you with someone who is not only experienced at the entire process of making records, but a way better musician than you.  The smart artist always thrives being around true pros that are better than them to soak in the education and grow to a new artistic level; fearless of the journey.  Most artists will tell people why they can’t or won’t afford a producer and spend their money on their 25th guitar and new plug-ins for the home studio; avoiding the journey.  Do you want to make great records or collect gear?

 

3.    You’re Not Marketing…At ALL – Putting your music on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, ReverbNation, etc. is digital distribution NOT marketing.  Marketing is the art of influencing buying decisions.  Having your CD available for purchase “wherever it’s sold” isn’t influencing buying decisions.  Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Live Shows, Music Blogs, Indie Radio, Internet Radio, and PR are the marketing tools you need to master.  These tools create awareness and drive traffic to your squeeze page where you get the consumer’s email address.  It’s through their email that you will influence their buying decisions.

 

4.    You’re Operating With An Out-Of-Date Business Model- You are still trying to cut cheap demos to shop to a record label to try to get a deal.  You still think radio is the key to marketing your music.  You still think that radio will be a powerful marketing tool when you do get your deal.  You still think the labels make money selling records.  You still think that if you get a deal that’s when you’ve made it.  Wake up, that ship sailed a decade ago; you have to develop yourself, today.

 

5.    You’re Not Thinking Like A Record Label – If you got signed today, the label would surround you with people that make a living writing songs, engineering, producing, doing public relations, marketing, promotion, booking bands, image consulting, Photographing, etc.  All these people would be highly professional and much more dialed in to the market and process than you and your friends.  If you’re thinking like a label, you are looking for a team of people to help you with at least some of these important items.

 

6.    You’re Not Selling Your Music On Your Website – .  If you were truly DRIVING traffic anywhere to purchase your music, you would drive them to YOUR site and take all the money.  Everyone needs a presence on iTunes, CD Baby, Reverbnation, etc., but why on earth would u pay someone 30% of your record sales to do what you can do with a free plug in on your WordPress site?  If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

 

7.    You’re Not Posting Regular Videos To YouTube – YouTube is your new Radio with an amazing potential for reaching millions, no wait…now BILLIONS of people and you don’t need to spend 1 million dollars to bribe a freaking Program Director for a CHANCE at getting a few spins.  The “shelf space” is unlimited (Unlike radio) and they pay royalties and advertising revenue.  “I don’t get it because I just want to make music” is a cop out.  why aren’t you learning everything you need to learn about this amazing opportunity?

 

8.    You Suck At Project Management – If Steve Jobs approached the first products from Apple the way most of you approach managing your musical projects he would have died homeless.  Jobs was a true artist, the first computers he and Wozniak made looked good, worked good, were packaged well, and were made in his garage.  Instead of making 500 crappy computers with the limited budget they had, he made 50 AWESOME computers and the market place responded; the opportunities that came from the first run of AWESOME computers provided the momentum they needed to reach the next level.  If you want to find someone to cut your songs for $300/song, I PROMISE you will find them.  Record your 3 BEST songs for the same price as what you have to spend on 12 and do it RIGHT with a TALENTED TEAM.  It’s gonna cost money, so think of it as an education.   Then watch the market respond!

 

9.    You’re Waiting For Your “Big Break” – Deep down you wish it was the old music business because, on the outside (from the cheap seats) it seemed easier when the labels took care of everything.  Well they did and you would have paid dearly for that “EZ Button”.  I got news for you, the Superstar Artists that are still around today, never let the labels take care of everything.  They worked smarter and harder than that in a sea of sharks.  You have to create your own opportunities, your own momentum.  There’s no way around it.  Nobody gets “discovered” anymore so get off the couch, put the bong down next to your baggage and get to work!

 

10. You Still Think Record Labels Develop Talent – Record labels don’t develop talent like Coca-Cola doesn’t repair cars; they don’t care about your music, they care about your current cash flow, and how many fans you have a measurable connection with.  They care about what kind of market you created for yourself and if they can make money by adding fuel to the fire you already started.  Think YouTube and Google.  Google didn’t develop YouTube, they purchased them.  So those smart guys at YouTube had to PROVE their idea had value in the market place; so do you.

 

11. You Don’t Think Of Your Music As Product – Until you do, nobody is going to hear your art.

 

12. You’re Self Sabotaging – This is the most common and most destructive mistake of them all.  Let me save you the suspense, you’re gonna make mistakes.  You’re gonna hit speed bumps.  You’re gonna be rejected.  You’re gonna have to get over it!  You have to get out of your own way and just move forward.  Stop making excuses.  If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.  PERIOD.  So make a change and watch massive amounts of energy quickly flow your way.

 

13. You Are Too Sensitive To Take Constructive Criticism – You would be amazed how many of your favorite Superstars were brutally schooled by the label on their first record.  They were green just like you!  “Go back and write us a single we can promote on the radio or we’re gonna drop you”.  If you’re too dumb to know that you don’t know, you’ll never make it.  Be professional and LEARN.  It’s always better to stay quiet in a room and appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

 

14. You’re Listening To Haters – When you do start to get momentum, people you don’t know and sadly, many that you do will spit poison into every part of your life.  Get used to it.  You are doing what they can’t.

 

15. You Haven’t Defined Your Lane – You are afraid to pick a genre because you write in many.  Consumers need ONE lane to connect with you in.  Just because you pick one doesn’t mean you are ignoring the others.  Get some traction in 1 lane first, that will help expose a project in a different lane to more people.  Think John Mayer with his first few pop records and then he did a blues project.  That blues project got a TON of exposure because he was now John Mayer the pop star.

 

16. You’re Live Performance Sucks – Nothing is more disappointing than seeing a decent band with great songs and nobody sings background vocals; except for a crappy band with crappy songs, and everyone singing background vocals.

 

17. You’re Not Capitalizing On Your Live Performances – Today’s music market is about endless content and email addresses.  You should have constant video footage to market on social media.  You should have boatloads of email addresses after every show.  You should be moving product from the stage at every show.  You should be gaining twitter followers at every show…THEN you can get laid.  J

 

18. You’re Putting Too Much Stock Into Your ReverbNation Ranking – A #1 ranking for your small town or big city on ReverbNation + $2.54 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  How are you getting paid for your songs?

 

19. You Don’t Know What You’re Doing On Twitter – Twitter is a simply amazing surgical marketing tool that allows you to SERIOUSLY target your specific market.  When done correctly, your following will constantly grow.  1 year from now you could have well over 10k followers and now you have the means to drive tons of traffic to a squeeze page, or a YouTube video, or to….Get my point?  Your fans are out there, go find them.

 

20. You Think It’s All About Music, Not Marketing – The truth is that it sure is nice when they expertly market a killer record, but if it was only about the music, there wouldn’t be any crappy songs on the radio.  Think about that for a second.  Without marketing, nobody cares about your music because they haven’t heard it.

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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.

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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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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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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 # 4 w/ Miss Rachel Fields & Brick Fields

 

 

 

 

 

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4th entry in the MIM Chain Reaction Series with Rachel Fields from Brick Fields being the next link with 10 new questions from Ira Walker. Miss Rachel has until the following Wednesday to add her responses in the comment box of this post, then she will choose the next artist in the chain with her 10 questions.
Come back to find out Rachel’s answers and who she tags next.

1. How old were you when you started writing songs?

” I remember making up songs as early as 2 or 3. I wrote poetry and plays in my teens. I didn’t start writing songs that I sang in front of people until my early twenties.”

2. Do you remember your first song you wrote?

” The first song I remember that I completed, recorded and performed was a song brought on by heartbreak I wrote on the piano called “whole” when I was about 23.”

3. Is your music cathartic for you?

“Yes absolutely. Who needs confession when you’re a songwriter.”

4. What’s your writing process?

It varies. Sometimes I have something to say so I’ll write it down and put music to it later. Sometimes I have a feeling inside so I play music, push the record button and start singing just to see what comes out. Sometimes I dream full compositions.

5. Do you hear a melody line for your lyrics as you write?

“Sometimes I will hear a hooks but not often.’

6. Who or what are your music influences?

”  Life experience, the Holy Spirit, every artists I hear is influential but some of my favorites for where I am right now in my life are Mavis Staples, Sister Rosetta Tharp and Ruthie Foster. ”

7. Do you think any of your children will follow you into music?

 Yes. All three of them show interest. Two of my girls are already writing songs and good ones too.”

8. What’s some advice for young people whose dreams are a life in music?

“Keep on keeping on. Be grateful to those and remember those who believe in you along the way”

9. How has the internet impacted your music?

We’ve gained world wide listeners because of the net and it provides great tools for being an independent artist.”

10. What’s coming in the near future for Brick Fields?

Our traveling is expanding next year. We have two albums in the works one of which is a gospel album. We’ll be playing more concerts outside our region next year.”

 

Next up is Robb McCormick with 10 questions from Brick Fields to keep the chain reaction moving.