Barefoot Man hits the highlights

Barefoot Man is one of Cayman’s most popular musicians. Weekender grabbed five minutes with the singer/songwriter to find out what he has been up to over the past year, including the release of his three CD set “The Bare Essentials,” which collates the most popular and requested tracks of his four-decade career. 

What was your favorite gig you played in 2014 and why?  

At the Station in Venice, Florida. The first time in decades I did an acoustical job. No band – just me and guitar on a bar stool. The audience pays close attention to every lyric and the story behind the songs. Strictly my original music for a three-hour set, working along with James White, a popular artist in southeastern U.S. 

What was the worst moment in 2014 and why?  

No such a thing. 

What was your highlight of 2014 and why?  

Getting a nice fat royalty check from BMI. 

Which other bands/acts impressed you in 2014 and why?  

Zack Brown Band, a good country and pop band that keeps country country and keeps pop in control. No screechy guitars and over-noted bass. And they are good writers too. 

John Prine – probably (in my opinion) the best song writer in the business. 

What do you have lined up for 2015?  

My regular Cayman gigs, at the Reef Resort on Thursdays and The Wharf on Saturdays, in addition to performances in the Bahamas and the U.S., including a performance at the historic Venice train depot, Venice, Florida, on Sunday, March 8. And, to work hard at not working. 

How has Cayman’s music scene developed (or not) in 2014, and what else can be done to help musicians?  

Not much development in my opinion. What can be done to help? Musicians need to help themselves. Play what the audience wants to hear, not what you want. 


Barefoot has gigs lined up in both the Bahamas and the U.S. later this year, as well as his regular performance dates in Cayman. – Photo: Stephen Clarke

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