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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2016

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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Kit Mann Returns w/ A Double Shot

The Hurt Will Heal

Back for a Double Shot with Kit Mann
Kit Mann is an independent artist whose music right away lets you understand the artist part about him. But what you won’t know right away is that Kit’s music is a direct reflection of his life. Kit writes what he knows, and what he has lived. Kit’s music is part of my ever day, I listen to him routinely and find his versatility one of the reasons I do listen to him daily. Finding a Kit Mann song to fit whatever mood I am in is never a long shot.
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Please visit Kit Mann & his music and please feel welcome to leave Kit a comment. Say hello to him & that you were here.

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All of Kit’s music is generously available for free with safe downloading.

From  Kit’s artist page.

” I am a former Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, EMT and Soldier.  I learned everything I could so when someone was at the worst moment of their life, they could look up, see me and know they are safe.  I have 10 songs on my first CD, “A Cry For Help”, and I have 12 recorded for my next CD “Guitar Mann”

.My motto with music is:  If I can touch one person with one song my job is done and I’m happy, then I try and do it again.  Thank You

You can visit my music page at www.reverbnation.com/kitmann   and   http://www.mixposure.com/kitmann/audio

All songs are free to download and listen to.  Soft acoustic music, Blues Music, Mild Rock, Country, instrumentals and a Christmas song. ”

~ Kit Mann

The Trevor Sewell Interview Part II

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Before concluding Part II of the interview with Trevor Sewell I want to thank Trevor again for his time he gave to us his fans in sharing for this post and for his music he brings to our lives. It enriches our lives.  Please take some time and visit Trevor’s web site and also look for his new album “Independence” at the retail outlets lined below. I am fortunate to have acquired Independence and his album Calling Your Name (another personal favorite) in my own collection which adds nicely to my blues collection. I don’t think one should be without

Both Trevor and I want to thank his loyal fans for your attention. Trevor’s wishes to also welcome and thank  his newest fans.

Trevor Sewell Band at The Cluny –   ” 100 Years”

Part II


BM:  You are a brilliant composer & storyteller. What is your process for creating your lyrics and music?

 
Trevor: Thank you Toni that’s very kind of you – my process changes all the time I tend to write all the time -sometimes it may be just picking up my guitar and starting to sing something – anything. I usually stick my phone on to record the rough ideas and sometimes I might even be watching TV while its happening I just open my mouth and make grunting noises while I’m experimenting with some chords – it sounds awful but if I get something that I like it sort of means something to me when I play it back. Sometimes I go into the studio and maybe stick a drum loop on and just jam – I try not to think about structure at that time or in fact anything really. The words usually just come in their most basic form at the same time. I have no idea where the words come from I have a theory that there is a little bloke inside my head with a desk and a pen and paper and he sort of just does that – I never think about them as he always delivers something that I like – very occasionally there might be a line which I think may sound like a very strong line but if it just doesn’t’ sit well with me, I throw it out but that’s pretty much the only times I disagree with the little bloke in my head.
 

BM:  With all that you have experienced as a musician what has success come to mean for you?

Trevor:  Success is just such a movable concept as the goal posts are always changing. I tend not to think about it and I definitely don’t measure it in any financial terms. I like being able to do what I like and I am generally a happy sort of person with a lovely family around me who put up with having to hear the same song blasting out of my recording studio over and over again while I’m writing stuff. I’m happier now than I have ever been musically because I just do what I like and its really great when other people seem to like it. The other major thing is that everyone from my area and on Facebook have been so incredibly supportive sharing things and generally giving me the encouragement that perhaps you don’t always get on a label who tend to be more interested in the financial side. Once you remove the money side all together it gets to be much more fun and I feel that I am more or less back in the same mindset as I was when I started at thirteen years of age with my first guitar- In other words I’m back to playing just because I want to!– I guess that is sort of a success in its self. I feel very lucky that I discovered playing music all of those years ago and that I still really like doing it today.    

 

BM:    As an award wining bluesman, performer, & recording artist, can you share some of your best tips for an aspiring artist?

Trevor:  This might sound like a ‘I’ve heard all this before’ scenario but (and I had this said to me many times over the years but chose to ignore it –DOH!) – Just do something that you want to do and stop trying to please everybody – if you like it then the chances are that someone else somewhere will too – its more a question of finding like minded people and growing your own audience and in this day and age with social networks etc. its all possible – in fact that’s how I met you Toni   – like I say I wish I had taken that on board a lot of years ago but I suppose I had to discover it for myself –I think hindsight would have come in very handy at times.

BM: A little gear speak, can you please tell us about your favorite guitars
Trevor:  I have a selection of guitars which I use for different purposes. I have two vintage Gibson Les Pauls  a 1969 Goldtop and a 1973 re-issue. Also A contemporary series Fender Telecaster which date to 1984. The one I use the most live at the moment is an artist series Fender Stratocaster which has been very heavily modified. The body has been grouted out to make room for the electrics I imported from America which gives it midi capabilities when couple with an Axon Fast Response system. One of my other favourites is my Cigar Box which I use on songs like the Train. It was made by an English guitar maker called Chickenbone John – all of his guitars are one offs and I have a 6 string resonator made from an oil canon order from him but you can’t hurry Chicken-bone John, so I may have to wait a while yet.
Trevor:   I don’t have a playlist as such as my phone is usually just on Random and it contains such a wide variety – Freddie King and Robert Johnson are both in there as are Kate Bush, Green Day Black Keys The Byrds The Clash Funkadelic Imelda May, Patto. Paloma Faith, Mumfords The Pogues Brooke Nickerson and loads of others actually way too many to mention – I’m always open to new ideas (and old ones) 
 
Thank you once again Trevor Sewell for your always outstanding musicianship. 
 

if you you’re in the UK Newscastle area and you get the chance go out to see Trevor and his band.  Live at The Cluny, last time around catch us back at The Cluny on Friday December 27th – tickets online from www.thecluny.com or if you see me just ask 🙂

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/trevor-sewell/id302293430

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/trevorsewell

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“Come’ on Train”… next stop The Trevor Sewell Band (interview pt 1)

Barefoot Music’s Exclusive Interview w/Trevor Sewell

Part I of II


Some of the best Blues musicians globally are not from the southern region of the USA where the roots of Blues was founded. Trevor Sewell’s British Blues Band – The Trevor Sewell Band reaches the rocky and soft shores of Blues-hounds everywhere, bringing his fantastic storytelling through his lyrics and guitar.

Vocally & musically I have become a hard fast fan of the band’s.

I find Trevor to be the epitome of a consummate lead guitarist and singer/songwriter. Though I have not had the pleasure of seeing the band perform live (yet, albeit on my bucket list) his persona & showmanship comes across even in his recordings and videos. Trevor’s vocals & guitar chops speak Front-Man without question.

Hearing the rich timbre of a bluesy vocalist like Trevor Sewell is why I like listening to someone….singing the blues.

 

With release of Trevor’s latest CD titled “*Independence ”  and receiving the 2013 Hollywood Music Media Award for Best blues (more details to follow) on the same day no doubt swung Trevor’s life into full motion, yet he still finds the time to share with his fans. Being a generous person is only a glimpse of who Trevor is; and in that spirit he took time for an interview with wonderful details about himself and his music. Because Trevor so pleasantly surprised this writer by his openness and sharing, he inspired this to be a two-part series, which is an amazing & humble honor for Barefoot Music.

So on that note, as a favorite DJ of mine often says; “ You didn’t come here to listen to me…”

Up first is Trevor’s award-winning song “The Train” which on a side note let me just add; as you’ll see Trevor is playing his 3-string Cigar Box guitar with his amazing slide work.

Enjoy.

 ” The Train. “

 
Interview Part One:
 
BM: When I first was introduced to your music I heard a definite Mark Knopfller influence, which you shared with me was not the first time you had heard this.
Who is it that influences you musically?
Trevor:   ” Yes I get the Mark Knopfler comparison quite a lot and this may possibly be in part because we both come from the same place as I actually went to
the same school with both of the Knopflers (I was in the same class as David). In those days Mark was very into Bob Dylan and I always take any comparisons with him as a compliment – he was great player even in those days and I have a lot of respect for him. Other major and perhaps more direct influences can really be pinned down to 3 very specific albums. The first being John Mayall with Eric Clapton and the Bluesbreakers, the second Are You experienced by Jimi Hendrix and the third Burglar by Freddie King. I only really discovered Freddie King in the mid 70’s but I learned how to play guitar by working out the Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix albums. “
BM:  As  I write these questions I am listening to “The Train”  from your new CD INDEPENDENCE, which you won an award for recently. I think all your fans might  wonder like me;  How did you find yourself writing this powerful song?
Trevor:  First up I have to say that the Train is not in any way autobiographical in nature but is an anti drugs song. The idea is that I’ve used a train metaphor to hopefully suggest a scenario that outlines just how easy it is to board the train but that it is a much different story when it comes to trying to get off. There are references e.g to mainlining and taking away my self-respect etc. but I wanted it to have a more positive message near the end where it says ‘just lost control for a little while that’s all and ‘I’m gonna stop you train right now – gonna stop you in your tracks – c’mon train disappear and don’t come back ‘ In the story the subject is determined to beat the train (drug habit) but acknowledges that it may be a difficult task. I hope you get the feeling that the subject is very determined to win and that the outcome will probably be a positive one.
 INDEPENDENCE  The Trevor Sewell Band
BM: Tell us about the artwork for your cover of your new CD Independence.

Trevor: The Artwork was designed by Doug Wallace a very talented Design Student at Northumbria University (well technically he is actually a graduate of the Interactive Media Design course there). The photo was taken in Shaw along the Blues Trail in America by Paul Blackburn. I wanted something that suggested Independence and blues but with a more contemporary edge and I think Doug has hit the spot with this. I also liked that it wasn’t just another picture of me. 

BM: You’ve been in the industry for many years, working with some fantastic musicians and studios; how would you say your music has changed over time?

Trevor:  Well when I very first started – my first ever gig in fact I can still remember the set list as we only knew 3 songs. We were supporting my brothers band and it was quite a big event so we used their gear (well we didn’t really have any of our own) we started off with well respected man by the Kinks then did one of my own songs called ‘out of sight out of mind’ which if I’m being honest had more than a passing resemblance to ‘can’t explain’ by the Who and we finished off with Walking the dog – the audience were great and shouted for more but we hadn’t actually thought that far in advance so we didn’t have anything else we could play. Later I played a lot of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix mixed with a fair smattering of Soul, Motown and early rock music like Deep Purple, Spooky Tooth, Santana, Joe Cocker and Sly and the Family Stone –so my roots were probably pretty well established when I discovered Freddie King and Tower of Power in the 70s. I then drifted into resident jobs in the Middle East and Europe for a few years where I had to play a very wide range of material everything from Jazz standards to Rock of the day which was good experience for playing sessions. In the 80’s I was signed to EMI records with a band called the Revillos and when that split I toured with The Monroes on EMI Norway. After founding Made to Measure Music in 1988 I had another detour in direction where I was writing music for different purposes that ranged from Dance to Ambient and beyond some of the companies I worked with included Sony and the BBC. I still do music for adverts etc. but gradually I was starting to look back to my roots and after a long period of extensive gigging on my own I one day around three years ago had a kind of light bulb moment when I just thought ‘Why don’t I just do something for myself’ and so I recorded the ‘Calling Your Name Album’ I didn’t have a plan or a market or anything in mind I just wanted to have some fun and it really helped me rediscover why all those years ago I wanted to learn how to play guitar and that it had nothing to do with making money or earning a living – it was just because I liked it. After so many years with record companies and managements etc. telling me ‘what I should be doing’ I just thought ‘I’m just going to do this anyway even if its only me that gets to hear the end result’ and this return to my roots has brought with it perhaps some of the biggest surprises that I have had to date and no one is more surprised than me about just how far it has gone in such a short length of time and all without a record company.

Want to know about Trevor's favorite gear? Learn who in Trevor's dreams would he like to jam with. 
Tune back in tomorrow for part II and learn more about bluesmen Trevor Sewell. A BIG THANK YOU Trevor for taking away from your valuable 
composing and studio time to chat..
Purchase Trevor's new CD INDEPENDENCE www.cdbaby.com www.itunes.com

Before concluding Part II of the interview with Trevor Sewell I want to thank Trevor again for his time he gave to us his fans in sharing for this post and for his music he brings to our lives. It enriches our lives.  Please take some time and visit Trevor's web site and also look for his new album "Independence" at the retail outlets lined below. I am fortunate to have acquired Independence and his album Calling Your Name (another personal favorite) in my own collection which adds nicely to my blues collecion. I don't think one should be without

Both Trevor and I want to thank his loyal fans for your attention. Trevor’s wishes to also welcome and thank  his newest fans.

Trevor Sewell Band at The Cluny –   ” 100 Years”

Part II


BM:  You are a brilliant composer & storyteller. What is your process for creating your lyrics and music?

 
Trevor: Thank you Toni that’s very kind of you – my process changes all the time I tend to write all the time -sometimes it may be just picking up my guitar and starting to sing something – anything. I usually stick my phone on to record the rough ideas and sometimes I might even be watching TV while its happening I just open my mouth and make grunting noises while I’m experimenting with some chords – it sounds awful but if I get something that I like it sort of means something to me when I play it back. Sometimes I go into the studio and maybe stick a drum loop on and just jam – I try not to think about structure at that time or in fact anything really. The words usually just come in their most basic form at the same time. I have no idea where the words come from I have a theory that there is a little bloke inside my head with a desk and a pen and paper and he sort of just does that – I never think about them as he always delivers something that I like – very occasionally there might be a line which I think may sound like a very strong line but if it just doesn’t’ sit well with me, I throw it out but that’s pretty much the only times I disagree with the little bloke in my head.
 

BM:  With all that you have experienced as a musician what has success come to mean for you?

Trevor:  Success is just such a movable concept as the goal posts are always changing. I tend not to think about it and I definitely don’t measure it in any financial terms. I like being able to do what I like and I am generally a happy sort of person with a lovely family around me who put up with having to hear the same song blasting out of my recording studio over and over again while I’m writing stuff. I’m happier now than I have ever been musically because I just do what I like and its really great when other people seem to like it. The other major thing is that everyone from my area and on Facebook have been so incredibly supportive sharing things and generally giving me the encouragement that perhaps you don’t always get on a label who tend to be more interested in the financial side. Once you remove the money side all together it gets to be much more fun and I feel that I am more or less back in the same mindset as I was when I started at thirteen years of age with my first guitar- In other words I’m back to playing just because I want to!– I guess that is sort of a success in its self. I feel very lucky that I discovered playing music all of those years ago and that I still really like doing it today.    

BM:    As an award wining bluesman, performer, & recording artist, can you share some of your best tips for an aspiring artist?

Trevor:  This might sound like a ‘I’ve heard all this before’ scenario but (and I had this said to me many times over the years but chose to ignore it –DOH!) – Just do something that you want to do and stop trying to please everybody – if you like it then the chances are that someone else somewhere will too – its more a question of finding like minded people and growing your own audience and in this day and age with social networks etc. its all possible – in fact that’s how I met you Toni   – like I say I wish I had taken that on board a lot of years ago but I suppose I had to discover it for myself –I think hindsight would have come in very handy at times.

BM: A little gear speak, can you please tell us about your favorite guitars
Trevor:  I have a selection of guitars which I use for different purposes. I have two vintage Gibson Les Pauls  a 1969 Goldtop and a 1973 re-issue. Also A contemporary series Fender Telecaster which date to 1984. The one I use the most live at the moment is an artist series Fender Stratocaster which has been very heavily modified. The body has been grouted out to make room for the electrics I imported from America which gives it midi capabilities when couple with an Axon Fast Response system. One of my other favourites is my Cigar Box which I use on songs like the Train. It was made by an English guitar maker called Chickenbone John – all of his guitars are one offs and I have a 6 string resonator made from an oil canon order from him but you can’t hurry Chicken-bone John, so I may have to wait a while yet.
Trevor:   I don’t have a playlist as such as my phone is usually just on Random and it contains such a wide variety – Freddie King and Robert Johnson are both in there as are Kate Bush, Green Day Black Keys The Byrds The Clash Funkadelic Imelda May, Patto. Paloma Faith, Mumfords The Pogues Brooke Nickerson and loads of others actually way too many to mention – I’m always open to new ideas (and old ones) 
 
Thank you once again Trevor Sewell for your always outstanding musicianship. 
 

if you you’re in the UK Newscastle area and you get the chance go out to see Trevor and his band.  Live at The Cluny, last time around catch us back at The Cluny on Friday December 27th – tickets online from www.thecluny.com or if you see me just ask 🙂

http://www.trevorsewell.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/trevor-sewell/id302293430

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/trevorsewell

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Christmas Time in Heaven by Kit Mann

Barefoot Music is celebrating this 2013 holiday Season by sharing Christmas Music by Independent Musicians

Happy Holidays from Barefoot Music and all the amazing artists who are so generously contributing their music.

Christmas Time In Heaven

Independent Singer/Songwriter Kit Mann
&
(his) “Christmas Time In Heaven
An original Kit Mann tune
Please visit link

http://www.mixposure.com/kitmann/audio/16045/christmas-time-in-heaven

For your enjoyment:  Kit offers this tune and many more his original compositions for your listening pleasure and/or free downloads.

Visit Kit @ http://www.mixposure.com/kitmann/

Thank you Kit for your beautiful sharing of your music. You are a gift to Barefoot Music and myself.

Christmas Lullaby By Piyali Ganguly. “First Christmas Is Near”

The past month Barefoot Music’s blog has been quiet while I was knee-deep in writing 50,000 words in 30 days, I also have been indulging in some of the finest of music available, independent music by wonderfully talented artists. 
 With so much to be thankful for in the closing out the month of November, and with the hopeful wonders of joy that December can bring, Barefoot music will be sharing Christmas Music by only Independent artists during this holiday Season of 2013. 
Spot lighting this first Christmas song, the inaugural Christmas song on this blog feels magical that it is one from a friend whose voice sounds like an angel from heaven above, whose voice both lights up hearts like a sparkling lit Christmas tree and soothes the soul.
This talented person is the one and only, the very beautiful voice of Piyali Ganguly~

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 Piyali Ganguly

Wishing you joy and abundant blessings throughout this season.
And a heartfelt thank you to Miss Piyali for sharing her stunning voice through her music.

To learn about  Miss Ganguly’s  & more of her music please just visit her artist’s page:

Piyalis’ voice was trained in Indian classical music, under the guidance of her mother, Krishna Chakraborty, who is an exponent of Hindustani classical music. Between 1986 and 1988, she won first prizes (western music vocal) at various inter-college festivals, had concerts in various cities in India and there were quite a few good articles and reviews published in Indian newspapers and magazines, regarding her voice and performances. In the years 1989 and 1990, two albums were released: # 1. “Quasme” by Sonex Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta, India # 2. “FastForward” by CBS Gramaphone Records and Tapes (India) Ltd.

Between the years 1991 to 1997, that Piyali spent in Japan, she was interviewed by Fuji Television, Tokyo and Saison TV, Tsukuba, Japan. Many interview based articles and reviews accolading her singing prowess and performance, appeared in various Japanese magazines and newspapers. Piyali performed at Ibaraki Intl. Assn. ‘Friendship’ concerts in Tsukuba, Hitachi, Yokohama & Mito, Japan, at the charity concert held at the Gakuin University Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Also performed at Kuryian Hall and Ako Studio, Tokyo, Jpn. In 1994 & 1995, Piyali was awarded Judges Prize at the Foreigners Singing Contest (Japanese), hosted by TV Tokyo, Japan, which was televised nationally. Piyali also held a music workshop, for members of the Intl. Children’s Bunko Assn., Tokyo, Japan.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/piyali#sthash.nksnUuD6.dpuf

http://www.mixposure.com/piyali/audio

Piyalis’ voice was trained in Indian classical music, under the guidance of her mother, Krishna Chakraborty, who is an exponent of Hindustani classical music. Between 1986 and 1988, she won first prizes (western music vocal) at various inter-college festivals, had concerts in various cities in India and there were quite a few good articles and reviews published in Indian newspapers and magazines, regarding her voice and performances. In the years 1989 and 1990, two albums were released: # 1. “Quasme” by Sonex Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta, India # 2. “FastForward” by CBS Gramaphone Records and Tapes (India) Ltd.

Between the years 1991 to 1997, that Piyali spent in Japan, she was interviewed by Fuji Television, Tokyo and Saison TV, Tsukuba, Japan. Many interview based articles and reviews accolading her singing prowess and performance, appeared in various Japanese magazines and newspapers. Piyali performed at Ibaraki Intl. Assn. ‘Friendship’ concerts in Tsukuba, Hitachi, Yokohama & Mito, Japan, at the charity concert held at the Gakuin University Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Also performed at Kuryian Hall and Ako Studio, Tokyo, Jpn. In 1994 & 1995, Piyali was awarded Judges Prize at the Foreigners Singing Contest (Japanese), hosted by TV Tokyo, Japan, which was televised nationally. Piyali also held a music workshop, for members of the Intl. Children’s Bunko Assn., Tokyo, Japan.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/piyali#sthash.nksnUuD6.dpuf

Piyalis’ voice was trained in Indian classical music, under the guidance of her mother, Krishna Chakraborty, who is an exponent of Hindustani classical music. Between 1986 and 1988, she won first prizes (western music vocal) at various inter-college festivals, had concerts in various cities in India and there were quite a few good articles and reviews published in Indian newspapers and magazines, regarding her voice and performances. In the years 1989 and 1990, two albums were released: # 1. “Quasme” by Sonex Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta, India # 2. “FastForward” by CBS Gramaphone Records and Tapes (India) Ltd.

Between the years 1991 to 1997, that Piyali spent in Japan, she was interviewed by Fuji Television, Tokyo and Saison TV, Tsukuba, Japan. Many interview based articles and reviews accolading her singing prowess and performance, appeared in various Japanese magazines and newspapers. Piyali performed at Ibaraki Intl. Assn. ‘Friendship’ concerts in Tsukuba, Hitachi, Yokohama & Mito, Japan, at the charity concert held at the Gakuin University Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Also performed at Kuryian Hall and Ako Studio, Tokyo, Jpn. In 1994 & 1995, Piyali was awarded Judges Prize at the Foreigners Singing Contest (Japanese), hosted by TV Tokyo, Japan, which was televised nationally. Piyali also held a music workshop, for members of the Intl. Children’s Bunko Assn., Tokyo, Japan.

– See more at: http://www.mixposure.com/piyali#sthash.nksnUuD6.dpuf

PLease meet Independent Artist: Bamil

BAMIL

From the world of Independent Music Barefoot Music has the privilege and honor of introducing yet another amazing artist that I was first introduced to at Mixposure radio, the home of Independent Artists globally.
Please meet Bamil. I find all of Bamil’s music I have heard amazing and with great messages. Hie vocally a master, and his music compositions and arrangements superb.
I have included two of my personal favorites for your ease in listening. Bamil is prolific recording artist and has music for everyone. If you live or are visiting in the New York area you please go see one of Bamil’s shows. You can find his schedule at Reverbnation.
“Love Across The Border” by Bamil

Bamil (born April 5,1969) is a Puerto Rican Recording Artist, ASCAP Member, Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Music Arranger who released on January 1st, 2010 his second solo Album “The Message”.

More of Bamil’s music can be found at the included links below.

http://www.mixposure.com/bamil/audio

 http://www.reverbnation.com/bamil

Sunday Love Songs w/ Independent Artist Lyrical Princess ~ Linda Fry

Lyrical Princess

Barefoot Music is proud to introduce to you the amazing talents of Independent artist‘s; lyricist Linda Fry, and musicians The TrueVulgarians. 
Sunday Love Song 
Lyrical Princess Linda Fry  & The TrueVulgarians. 

http://www.mixposure.com/lyrical-princess/audio/15125/the-keeper-of-my-heart-lyrical-princess-the-truevulgarians

From Linda’s artist page;

My name is Linda Fry . I’ve been a Member/Artist here at Mixposure since 2008. Music has always been my best friend. Although I don’t sing or play, It’s always there for me. I came here as just a listener, which in time.. I’ve learned is a very big deal here. Because without the listeners.. There’s really no use for a music site..

I had no idea how much my life was about to change when I joined Mixposure. The people here seemed to me, overly friendly.. I naturally thought the worst, And tried to keep to myself. That is nearly impossible. Especially if you post something here. I had posted what I considered to be just a silly poem I had written (writing is my outlet), Titled “Here In The Dark”.  After going through a few weeks of thinking I was just being ridiculed with people asking if they could use my lyrics (as I only saw them as words), I finally caved & said Yes. It became my first  Co- Written Collaboration with David Lunbeck… I was on top of the world.. I had words put into a song that others could relate to.. What a feeling that was.. Somewhere during all of this, I was told I should become an Artist.. I kept saying I don’t think so.. And by the next morning.. I was a member .. Someone had made me one..LoL

I finally started joining in the mixposure radio chat room.. I was told I could hear my music be played in there. Well, if that wasn’t a night to remember.. Completely computer illeterate . I couldn’t figure out how to make the player work for the music to play..The chat was going so fast with hellos & people trying to help.. I was litterally terrified.. And wanted to dissappear forever. But a very nice man popped up in a P.M. and calmly walked me through everything step by step & helped calm me down.. What a relief! Thank You so much kind man (You know who you are) ! Finally, I could enjoy myself… Got to hear music & talk to the people that created it.. Didn’t talk a lot.. Was very shy back then.. lol

It didn’t take long and I felt I’d known everyone like they were family.. This had become my home, away from home.. The rest is history.. I’ve been writing Poetry (The people at Mixposure, like to call lyrics) ever since..

I like to collaborate.. I don’t have any specific Genre that I prefer.. But I like to be able to understand the words (without screaming vocals & music).. My words almost always come from the heart & are very meaningful to me (sometimes I’ll throw in something silly). I think I’m pretty easy to work with.. I post most everything I write up in The blog area on the Front Mix page & it stays in my Blogs until someone decides to use them. If you see something you think you might like to work with, just message me .. But Please keep me informed on How it’s coming along..

I have very few Co-written songs. Most everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with, have for the most part only had to change a couple words if any. I’ve been very fortunate. But I am always willing to work with any situation that may arise.

Below is the link for Linda’s artist page and on it you can find also a list of the collaborations she has done and Linda hopes you’ll listen & enjoy ~

http://www.mixposure.com/lyrical-princess/