Heartfelt, energetic, and down home.
Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the
bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot
Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their
audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All
the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming,
acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether
you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can
expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With
two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several
cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass
festivals in the United States already under their belt, the
possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost
non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they
were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they
received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the
International Bluegrass Music Association.
show is as fun to watch as it is to hear. The smiles on the faces of
the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when
performing and the audience shares in the fun. With effortlessly
executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous
numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.
"movement" can be traced back to the teen years of singer-songwriter
and fiddler Noah Wall, of Oxford, NC. Just as she had begun penning her
first compositions, she met mandolinist Tommy Norris their senior year
of high school. Convinced of their musical chemistry and driven by
mutual ambition, they continued to build the band from the ground up
throughout their college careers. While Tommy studied classical music
and recording engineering at Western Carolina University, Noah chose
East Tennessee State, particularly for their Bluegrass, Old-time and
Country Music Program. Here she began to shape her musical identity,
under the tutelage of ETSU's renown staff, and found an instrumental
home in old time fiddling. With the addition of versatile guitarist and
singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, MS in 2013, and most recently, Katie
Blomarz of Frankfort, IL on the upright bass, the lineup was complete
with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies,
thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.
has now been seven years since The Barefoot Movement took off their
shoes and took to the stage. Hard work and talent have taken them from
east coast to west, from north to south, and even across the Atlantic
Ocean. They have appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, RollingStone.com,
CMT Edge, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their
original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel's program "Huntin'
the World: Southern Style" and their music video for their popular song
"Second Time Around" has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country
Network. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the
International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival
conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass
Festival's New Band Competition.
crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans
joining the fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the
message is clear: barefoot is better. Won't you join the movement?
Tickets starting @ $25 Adult and $15 Student