New London can't quite call Barefoot Truth a hometown band, as the group hails from Mystic, but it's certainly no exaggeration to say they're part of the vibrant music scene in southeastern Connecticut. Unfortunately for that scene, Barefoot Truth is currently in the midst of saying goodbye to their fans. But they were kind enough to include New London among the cities they're playing in their last hurrah.
The indie band describes itself on its Facebook page as a "roots-rock-funky-folk-groove machine." Starting out as a group of college friends, Barefoot Truth kept going beyond graduation to become a bigger presence in 2007. They grew in popularity through a few different means, including a presence on the online radio station Pandora, a number of music festivals, and performances with groups such as O.A.R., Crosby and Nash, and Michael Franti.
Barefoot Truth's members are Jay Driscoll (slide guitar), Garrett Duffy (harmonica), Will Evans (lead vocals and drums), John "Wayno" Waynelovich (piano), and Andy Wrba (upright bass). These roles aren't set in stone, however; the band's profile says they'll often switch up the instruments or bring entirely new ones in during performances.
Barefoot Truth's 's website lists a total of eight albums and cites "Threads" as one of the most successful compilations. It reached #21 on the iTunes rock charts, and some of its songs were included in the film Nature Propelled. Barefoot Truth did even better with its last album, "Carry Us On," which reached #10 on the iTunes rock charts.
In a letter to fans posted on the website, the band's members say they have been humbled by their success and that it has allowed them to develop personally and professionally. However, they have also come to the conclusion that it is time to move on.
"In the past few years, it has been more difficult than you may realize for the band to continue the pace," the letter says. "Although we love playing live shows, the pull to be home with loved ones and the desire to pursue other interests has strained our ability to honestly give the band our full devotion and attention."
Barefoot Truth set up its farewell tour to hit some of their favorite venues in New England, starting with an Oct. 12 show at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. This video is a clip of their performance at the Garde Arts Center last Saturay. Want to catch them before they go? Their final performances are at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vt. on Nov. 9 and the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass. on Nov. 10.