A Little Help From My Friends

There hasn’t been much happening here at Barefoot Music lately, I’ve been away from tending to its posts and honestly to its growth. There are a few reasons that warranted what has felt like neglect, albeit a lot of reasons involve music.

A lot of growth has been taking place in my professional life and therefore this Barefoot Music site has taken a back seat.  Hopes & Dreams can come true, even in a second season of life. My archiving here is admittedly self-serving about just that.

I’ve been involved with music most of my life, albeit not always in the most of satisfying ways  And that only because of my choices in prioritizing my life. This of course meant sacrifices. Like we all do at certain points in our lives some personal passions can get set aside. Music for me was the passion I had set aside.

About two years ago I made a conscious choice to get it back. to get back that passion for working in the music industry again. I’d been watching from the side-lines for a few years the dynamic changes taking place in the world of music makers & presenters, through the Internet & digital technology. I knew from just a common business sense I would first need to begin networking within those music communities.

I also knew that my passion today lies in the management side of the industry. I began once again living and breathing music. So much was I breathing and living music that even a novel about the very subject was beginning to almost write itself.  A story that came out of a dream is now seems to also becoming a prophecy.

Changing direction and purpose (slightly) of Barefoot Music.

I’ve gained some amazing friendships that have been born from a mutual passion for music. I had an idea what direction I wanted to direct my professional life in to echo my passion. I wanted back in the mix of things, and I now understood that because of technology I could step beyond the borders of just my local community. I just was not quite sure where to begin beyond hoping and dreaming, but I knew this site would be part of the dream, although no clear direction when I created it.

Barefoot Music will be under a bit of a transformation in the near future. I appreciate your patience and support more than words alone would express.

With a little help from my friends I have found the paths to working again in the very industry that I’m smitten with. I have always been. I’d stepped out of the music scene in the mid 90’s and today with a lot of help from my friends I am walking and rocking again in the business I love.

I keep hearing this famous quote inside my head;  ” For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.”   ~ Eric Clapton

Oh Yeah! I feel about 10 feet tall, which for this lady who is barely 5 foot feels enormously tall..

Credits where Credits Due

I want to thank some of the people who have kept the light shining on the exact path’s that have helped me get to where I am today. It’s important to me that I’m able to say thank you in a public forum to these particular people. They’re all musicians, and they are all shining examples of what musicianship is all about.

Firstly; my friend Pablo Camara. Pablo trusted me with his music with only his instinct’s to go on. Through hands on experience with Pablo’s music I started researching and learning what it takes today with social media & the internet as marketing tools to manage and promote music artists. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to return the gift that Pablo has given me along with his treasured friendship, but I like trying. What my friendship with Pablo and his wife means to me I cannot put into words.  So, Pablo & Romi, my fist to my heart my friends.

Secondly come two guys from the UK.

 Trevor Sewell & his Trevor Sewell Band is an award-winning blues band from Newcastle, his music became part of my everyday listening playlist, I became a fan immediately and began sharing and posting Trevor’s signature music. Trevor put his trust in me as well and I appreciate his friendship that continues to grow. I just heard from Trevor today that he has been nominated for a best blues UK award. He’s already a multiple award winner here in the states.

Howling Dick is also from the UK and every week brings one of the best blues shows I listen to. The music intelligence I gain from Howling’s shows enriches me in more ways than simply musically.  Howling Dick’s Downhome radio show was one of the very first topics I wrote about regarding radio today & the new ways it’s of connecting us to the music on this site. He’s become a great friend, and I’m a devoted fan.

So cool how networking…well… networks.

Through Howling Dick I met another musician, this time from North Carolina.

Musician Doug Dickens is a long-time staunch supporter of independent music; he’s hosted the Showcase of Independent Artists on Facebook every Saturday for 3 years, and today also he DJ’s two weekly live radio shows on Mixposure Radio. Doug’s invitation to me last year to join mixposure radio has had a direct impact on what is happening for me and Barefoot Music. Doug’s insights offer a clarity that I often find reassuring. Doug has an incredibly rich music history and is a prolific story-teller through his music. Recently he mentored me through my first live radio show as I swapped places with him and put him on the hot seat; interviewing him between tracking his music. (Future follow-up feature here will be in two-parts w/podcast & narrative of the interview)

Through these friends another amazing and serendipitous relationship began…..

I’ve been a fan of Brick Fields Music from the moment I heard their track ‘Barefoot Woman’ about a year ago. (I’m sure I need not explain the initial connection I felt. to the title.

That track in fact was my very first purchase of a single play mp3- file,  just so I could have Barefoot Woman in my personal music library. I felt an affinity for the song’s lyrics and fell in love with their style and sound. With Rachel’s Fields’ bluesy vocal range teamed up with her band mate & life partner (husband) Larry Brick on lead guitar & back-up vocals they create a unique performance that will tug your heart-strings, and touch your soul.

Again business through  networking;

When award-winning Brick Fields approached me about promoting & acquiring bookings for them here in my home-town in Oregon this summer as part of their nationwide International “Got Soul Tour”  I was crazy jazzed. Jazzed because if I could get them booked here I would get to see this favorite band live.

Brick Fields will be here on the high desert of Oregon in mid August for two public concerts. And a house/garden concert.

Who could ask for more. Right?

I’m here to remind y’all never to give up on your dreams. I didn’t, and now I am working with Brick Fields as their artist manager.

Full Circle.

This serendipitous full-circle adventure with Brick Fields I believe without any doubts is like everything else, written before in my destiny, but I’m also convinced it is because I worked towards the dream while never letting go of the hope. I kept the faith that although I couldn’t know exactly how my passions would guide me to my dreams becoming a reality, it was going to happen. I knew intuitively that with a little help from my friends, and never letting go of the positive thoughts and energy it would all happen as it was meant to.

And It’s happening now.

I and Barefoot Music have always supported Independent Music and Artist’s; however; making the move to promoting and supporting ONLY independent artist’s is a move in direct alignment with my deep passion. Making a commitment to indie music being the single focus makes good business sense, and anytime a person can work where their passion lies it’s a win-win situation.

I hope y’all will come back and enjoy meeting new artist’s here that you won’t find on mainstream commercial radio and learning what being independent in the music industry means. And why it’s important to support it.

I urge you to please take some time and visit each of these outstanding musician’s pages below.

Supporting Independent Music is important to our culture. it’s important to our world-wide cultures.   

Support Independent Music and you’re supporting me too.

Thank you!






……and for Mixposure Radio see http://www.mixposure.com  (Click on the radio tab)



“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.


 ” 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 🙂