The Barefoot Movement is a group of immensely talented musicians from North Carolina and Tennessee whose sound simultaneously captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation with a refreshing dash of acoustic modern rock and jazz.
You can give a listen to this wonderful band when The Barefoot Movement performs a free concert at Northeast State on July 19 in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The group’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The show is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The group was initially formed when Noah Wall, singer and fiddler, and Tommy Norris, mandolin player, attended high school together in their hometown of Granville, N.C. and began setting Wall’s lyrics to Norris’s chords. Wall was a student of the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University when she met Quentin Acres. Both were chosen to perform for the Old-Time Pride Band. They soon united to form The Barefoot Movement. The name evolved from Wall’s tendency to remove her shoes during shows, a testament to the relaxed atmosphere and down-home sound of the group.
They released their album Footwork in 2012. Wall’s voice is honest and captivating, marked by a clarity of tone and connection that is rare among modern singers. Mandolin player Norris and rhythm guitarist Acres provide an instantly recognizable and intricate backdrop of melody. Lyrics are written by Wall and are often based on her personal experiences. Listeners may find themselves engrossed in the travails of heartbreak or experiencing the anguish of war – whatever the subject, Wall’s lyrics are a journey through the human experience.