Barefoot Rebellion
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Barefoot Rebellion

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The best kept secret in music


"Joshua demo review"

Somewhere between the Jammy-Award winning mellow grooves of Steve Winwood and the poignant storytelling of Jim Croce you will find the latest work of Buck's Barefoot Rebellion. On Joshua, it's difficult to find a balance between reveling in the calming grooves of the album's musical undertones
and contemplating the full weight of the political messages found
within the lyrics of the songs. In many ways, the constant contrast between the optimism of the Rebellion's sound and the darkness of their lyrics is what makes this album so particularly interesting.

The opening tune "Lessons Forgot" sets the stage for the rest of the album: one man's story of the world spoken atop the delicacy of the Rebellion's neo-folkish grooves. It quickly becomes clear that BBR is about music from the roots. Extraordinarily genuine in its intentions, the music is both simple and complex at the same time. The songs are very simple: three chord
progressions carried by soothing rhythmic beats. Yet the real value in this album lies in its texture both musically and lyrically. Mixing an
eclectic blend of musicians including Stephen Keith on bass, Chris Domenico on drums, Lani Meyer on flute, Alex Reisenwebber on lead guitar, and Clint and Talon Hutchens on percussion with the Woody Guthrie-esque lyrical prose of Tony "Buck" Buckner, this music is ideal for enjoying some beers around a relaxing campfire.

Moving on to "I am," a Jim Morrison-like spoken word epitaph, Buckner
delivers the message of "live life to the fullest as I have so proudly
chosen to do," which establishes a context of optimism underneath the much heavier and darker lyrics that appear throughout the rest of the album.

Joshua really begins to pick up with the third track's combo punch of
"Feed You From Within/Paradise Found," where musically, the album begins to take on a tropical kind of feel to it. Subtly funky, the melody of Meyer's flute-playing decorates a tune that conveys the feel of sixties discontent channeled through the optimism of the latter part of the decade's hippie-ish
folk grooves. It's just the sort of song that I imagine would be heard emanating from the huts of the breakaway society in the Leonardo DiCaprio's 2000 flick "The Beach" as they basked in the happiness of a simple life.

As the record progresses with "Another for His Pride," it becomes more and more apparent that the quality of BBR's music is, indeed, in its texture. No single element particularly stands out in an individualistic sense. But together, each part produces a good mix of tranquil rhythms and
introspective storytelling, which is why I suspect that Buckner readily
uses the term "collective" to refer to this musical outfit. One certainly
can see a collective vision in Joshua.

"Faith in You," a Tahitian sounding melody is one of the album's highlights. Showcasing greater range in Buckner's vocal abilities, this is where he really seems to break out on the album. Beginning with a country, southern
rock sounding guitar/flute intro, this song tells the story of the pain
of losing faith in one that you love. And it is here again that we see
this continuous clash of dark lyrics with upbeat music, producing an overall "everything's going to be alright" feel.

The next few tracks carry on in a similar fashion. Hidden in here is
the politically culminating "24 Hour American Dream," a testimony of issues currently pervading American culture, such as the profiling of Muslims in a post-September 11 world. As one of the more rocking songs from BBR on
this album, it exemplifies the band's belief that they are here not only to provide musical entertainment but also to set the stage for a new era of political consciousness.

Joshua comes to a strong close. "Action to the Reaction" offers some variety in BBR's sound by offering more of a southern-esque rock/soft funk groove
that is guaranteed to get the listener's head nodding while "Demigods"
opens with a percussive tribal beat as the guitars slowly fade in and Buckner declares "Free your intellect. Free your spirit!"

Overall, Joshua's sound is distinctive. The subtle complexities of their sound offer the listener a unique blend of neo-political folk and contageous grooves that are guaranteed to provide an excellent backdrop to any relaxing evening. While lyrically introspective, telling the story of one man's spiritual journey on earth in coming to grips with the terrible suffering of
the world, one element that I would like to hear more of is the talent of the individual musicians. A close listen to this album affirms their skill levels. Yet, there does not seem to exist much of an effort to showcase these individual talents. However, one could also easily say that the raw
simplicity of the music itself, in creating an almost effortless
feel-good groove, is what makes it so pleasant to listen to. Any which way you decide, one thing is for sure: this band is a great reassurance tha -


Joshua -Demo album
The Barefoot Rebellion "Live At O'malley's"(outside)


Feeling a bit camera shy


In Manhattan Kansas in 2003, a town struggling with a local music scene, one venue had the courage to have a weekly open mic night. Tony "Buck" Buckner who worked at this venue(O'malley's) was a green musician with very little stage experience. Despite this he hosted this open mic and called it "Buck's Fireside Chat". It was here that he began to meet musicians of all styles, including Talon. They began playing together and Buck's confidence grew enough that he asked more musicians to sit in with them. After several musicians came and went which is the norm in a college town, a final group was solidified forming what is now known as the Barefoot Rebellion. The addition of Alex( traditional bluegrass background) and Steve(rock and metal background) began to allow the group to expand its creativity. Percussionist Clint and drummer Chris who have long backgrounds and extensive abilities added a dynamic that allowed the band to experiment with different sounds. The last piece of the puzzle was Lani who brought a soothing constant within the chaos. Since then the band has expanded its set list as Buck, Al, Steve and Talon have all become comfortable enough to bring their own style of writing into the mix. The band now has over 40 original songs and continues to write everyday. Steve and Buck spent several years in the military and served overseas extensively which will help explain the political overtones of some songs. The band always has fun on stage together which in turn allows the crowd to enjoy itself. Whether you agree or disagree with the bands lyrics we hope you enjoy the soulful grooves, the sultry jams and the in your face bluegrass which we hope will leave you smiling, thinking and happy. Always remember: FEED YOUR INTELLECT-FREE YOUR SPIRIT