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.
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.
The Mauch Chunk Opera House welcomes Tennessee-based special guests, The Barefoot Movement, back for a second performance this year, on Friday, September 4th at 8 PM.
Reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks, The Barefoot Movement is the one and only opening band ever to play the Opera House that has received not only one, but two standing ovations for their brilliant performances. They are anything but a standard bluegrass band, despite their 20-something ages.
Jim Thorpe musician and bandleader, John David Ambrose, opens the show. His set will be marked by popular favorites and stirring originals, beautifully sung and played.
Their songs range easily from traditional Appalachian music to bluegrass, folk, country and pop, thrilling you with their tight three-part harmonies, gorgeous instrumental riffs, and catchy vocal hooks.
Barefoot Movement’s unique blend of skill, innovation, and charisma has earned them appearances at festivals across the country, a coveted place on tour with The Milk Carton Kids, and performances with luminaries like The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steve Earle, and Del McCoury. The US government even joined the mix, selecting them in 2014 as cultural Ambassadors for their international Arts Envoy program.