John Burrell- Uncaged

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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.

Saturday Acoustics w/ Independenet Artist Doug Dickens

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Douglas Dickens 
Please have a sit back & a listen to gentleman Doug Dickens, my friend who is not only is a fabulous singer, songwriter, and guitar picking musician, he is also an amazing advocate for Independent musicians, as well as a life long peace keeper.
Doug is just one of the many talented independent artists on the newest of my passion’s, which is

I am proud that Doug calls me friend ~ 

To hear Doug’s vast play list of his original tunes, and to follow him, please see his link just below

About Doug Dickens: ( credits: Doug’s mixposure artist’s page)

I have been playing and singing the blues for over thirty years. I spent eight years on the road traveling around the country, working in clubs and coffeehouses from Wilmington, NC to Sarasota, Fla and then out west to Denver, Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. I spent quite a bit of time in the early eighties managing other bands and clubs in upstate New York. Now I am back recording some of the material in preparation for the next phase of wisdom and writing. It has always been my first love.
Many of these songs have never been heard before anywhere and some, I have played in performances without mercy. Sometimes a song just hits you and you have to sing it. My originals come from life’s experiences, many through disappointment and joy, always from the heart and never canned. There is no major production here, just me, my guitar and the songs. You are sitting in my living room in a private concert. I hope that anyone who stops by will enjoy the music, leave me a note and send me their own treasures. Music is the muse of life.

(Note from Barefoot Baroness)
If you are a regular reader of mine you will know that radio has been a big part of my music intelligence most of my life;  and you can trust my recommendation for this 99.9% commercial-free radio station..  Mixposure Radio,
As a listener we get to not only listen to Doug’s music, (and many others)  but also we can become part of this amazing independent artist’s community by chatting with artist’s like Doug during the broadcasts. This kind of interacting with the people who make the music we listen to is an important part of the music chain. The music makers need our input as fans, and the Independent artists know that fans are more than just the record and concert sales.
And that makes for a lovely relationship.
Please join us for the music & chat. And enjoy both. The Home Of Independent Musicians.  (no download, no registration required) 
Please watch this space – Monday 30 September for news about mixposure radio’s newest upcoming show.