A New Michael Stone CD Release

About Syncopacity-Michael Stone’s New CD

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A big shout out of congrats to Michael Stone on the release of his new CD “Syncopacity” and my (TTaylor-Helser) gratitude for including our collaboration “Come Sail With Me” as one of the 16 tracks.

To my family and friends; if you purchase Syncopacity you are not only supporting multi-talented Michael Stone but you’d be supporting yours truly as well,
Digitally available now at all the usual outlets, physical CD’s due to be released next month

.https://www.mixposure.com/barefoot-music-group/audio/25197/come-sail-with-me-michael-stone-toni-taylor-helser

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Discover Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band  More Here

Meet Independent Singer-songwriter Yvonne Jay

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*Image Text*    Meet Miss Yvonne Jay;  Scotland’s daughter and America’s Songbird, whose strong vocals resonate the hope and joy that fosters her listeners to navigate trying and often painful moments in life in a healing way. Heartfelt and elegant her enchanting wordsmithing is a contributor to the organic magic that with Miss Jay’s songwriting  chops creates a sublime partnership between her talents as a vocalist and a songwriter.

As a songwriter Miss Jay delivers lyrical sincerity, honesty and emotional purity that represents her truly eclectic style and forward thinking that brings all the magic that is Yvonne Jay.

I invite you to visit her website, YouTube channel  and her Facebook page- explore her catalog of music, an incredible example of just how versatile this artist is. Learn why this artist can’t be boxed into any single genre.

Toni Taylor-Helser ~ Musicologist, DJ/Radio Personality

Mixstream Radio & Barefoot Music Group

 

 

 

Indies…Who Are They?

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[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:

Writer
Composer
Producer
Recording artist
Tour manager
Marketing manager
Human resource manager
Public relations manager
Music Director
Music Arranger
PIC (person in charge)
Bookkeeper
Graphic artist
Technician
Roadie
Troubleshooter
Shaman

……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

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2016


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Curious now?

Great!

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

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NAKED GLORY by The Sign

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sign3

www.thesign.com

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

*USA Sunday March 28, 2015 @ 8pm eastern

*Tasmania Australia Monday March 29th @ 11am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get yours inspired today.

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https://madisonmusicblog.wordpress.com/

http://www.billmadisonmusic.com/

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