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.
We have to tell a little story here. We met Barefoot Movement back in April of 2015 at WNTI 91.9 Radio, then in Hacketttown, NJ, at the rather painful hour of hour of 8 AM. We had to leave Jim Thorpe at 6:30 AM to get there on time. We were in separate cars, and got a little lost, so when I got there first, Melanie Thiel, the station manager, said, “I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we have five minutes until airtime…” Barefoot showed, parked their van, and literally ran into the station, and without even warming up, absolutely ripped through their version of “Rocky Top,” the second video of them on this website,To play like that, so early in the day, with zero time to even noodle around on their instruments … we knew they were special.
Their 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.