Barefoot Mark | Let the Beast Run

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Let the Beast Run

by Barefoot Mark

A beer can rattles down the dusty road…tumbleweeds rolling on forever… A dusty whirlwind blows…. Out of the Badlands of West Texas Thunders the Rock-n-Roll of Barefoot Mark. Just straight-ahead Rock-n-Roll. Great songs,lightning guitar&searing vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Florsheim Shackles (Feat. Kelly Kingston - Bass& Bgv , Danny - Drums & Bgv)
4:07 $0.99
2. Her Shoes (feat. Kelly Kingston - Bass, Danny Moya - Drums, Gary Laney - Guitar)
3:21 $0.99
3. Thin Ice (feat. Kelly Kingston - Bass, Danny Moya- Drums, Jerilynn Prestiano- Flute)
5:02 $0.99
4. You're Not At Home (Feat. Kelly Kingston- Bass&bgv, Danny Moya-drums&bgv)
5:17 $0.99
5. Nothing Personal (Feat. Kelly Kingston-bass,upright&bgv, Danny Moya-drums&bgv)
4:18 $0.99
6. Crack, Bang, Boom (feat. Kelly Kingston-bass, Scott Clark-drums, Gary Laney-guitar)
3:58 $0.99
7. Last Gasp (Feat. Kelly Kingston-bass&arco Bass, Danny Moya- Drums)
5:01 $0.99
8. Let The Beast Run (feat. Kelly Kingston-bass, Danny Moya-drums)
4:03 $0.99
9. Ain't You Ashamed (feat. Kelly Kingston-bass, Danny Moya-drums)
3:07 $0.99
10. Allright To Be Me (feat. Kelly Kingston-bass, Danny Moya-drums)
4:02 $0.99
11. Ronnie's Blues (feat. Kelly Kingston-voc7bass,danny Moya-drums,randy Blackwood-banjo)
5:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Let The Beast Run is a bluesy-rock, heartland soaked trip. Full of compelling stories of life, love and loss offering both remorse and beauty. Mark's " voice is polished silk" .



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Dan MacIntosh

Let The Beast Run
It can’t be easy for white bluesmen to get respect. It’s just not really the white man’s tradition, and there may be doubt that white guys really know what suffering is all about. However, when artists show that they know how to play the music and invest tangible feeling into their performances, you just have to give them some deserved regards. Barefoot Mark is one who is deserving of such.

Before we can even get to the point of discussing Barefoot Mark’s music, however, the artist’s relationship with shoes and feet must be addressed. He calls himself Barefoot Mark, yet the very first two songs on his excellent new CD involve footwear, and for very different reasons. The opening track, “Florsheim Shackles,” is all about those dress shoes that working businesspersons are required to wear. They’re like the shackles that keep us chained to some sort of imagined employment slavery. If we could just untie those suckers for good, Barefoot Mark speculates, maybe we could free ourselves forever. The very next song, “Her Shoes,” talks about a woman’s relationship with her high heels. At first, walking with these dangerous things is like a circus performer mastering stilts. As soon as a pedestrian level of mastery has been accomplished, however, these spiked foot casings can be used to attract males. Her shoes aren’t shackles; they’re communication tools, instead. Kudos go out to Barefoot Mark for taking such a simple thing as shoes and creating two very fine songs.

If Barefoot only had to think about shoes, perhaps his life would likely be less painful. However, many of these songs deal with love gone bad, which is a matter of heart and soul, rather than feet. “You’re Not At Home” faces a cheater pointblank by pointing out how he knows where she is when she’s not home. If there’s one artist that comes to mind when listening to Barefoot Mark, it is Robert Cray. This is especially apparent during “Crack, Bang, Boom” where a woman takes justice into her own hands. Is it any coincidence that something called “Smoking Gun” is one of Cray’s most popular songs? I don’t think so.

Barefoot Mark plays stinging electric blues mingled with classic rock and a soulful singing style. These are not rollicking Chicago blues songs, nor are they sparse Southern blues recordings. Instead, they are crisp, heartfelt, yet still rocking tracks. The title track, “Let the Beast Run,” includes a driving rock rhythm, colored by twanging electric guitar. It’s a little blues-y, but it’s just as much rock & roll. It’s the kind of song that wouldn’t sound all that out of place in the Dire Straits repertoire.
The image a name like Barefoot Mark conjures up is that of someone that ignores social conventions. (Just remember, many restaurants post, ‘No shirt, no shoes, no service’ signs on their front doors). This artist name suggests a guy that likes to relax, with shoes in the corner of the room and rarely used, holding a comfortable guitar in his hand. This is exactly the kind of guy that would view dress shoes as Florsheim shackles. Nevertheless, as healing, as the blues can be, in can never completely set a person free. These songs reveal how broken hearts are more powerful emotional chains than shined up shoes.
Barefoot Mark deserves to be heard by anyone that enjoys inspired musicianship and real life lyrics. If you let Barefoot Mark’s beat run wild in your iPod, you will not be disappointed. There is nothing particularly innovative found within. Instead, what is tried and true is done extremely well.

Danny McCloskey-www.alternateroot

Barefoot Mark- Let The Beast Run
Barefoot Mark, Let the Beast Run
The tap tap tap that opens the latest release from Barefoot Mark, 'Let the Beast Run', is the door knocking to let in a man with a message. Kicking off with "Florsheim Shackles", Barefoot Mark does a bullet point breakdown of what it takes to get through a day. Just because a man needs to work at a dead end job does not mean that he likes it, so the story goes. What may pass for fashion are the chains that tie the man down to the ground. The opinions, observations and declarations that come together to form statements on 'Let the Beast Run' are not hidden. The strength of Barefoot Mark's vocal prowess is a thing of quiet power. Walking across "Thin Ice', the voice shrinks down to a near hush where the promise of vocal potential smolders. As blues notes beckon in "Last Gasp", the ruling voice whispers into his love's interests ear. The sound of a breaking love is silent, the vocals give it the needed emotion to make the pain real, the dying love taking one more breath.
An overall blue tone grounds Barefoot Mark's music, the beat and form of the songs pounded into shape with a rock hammer that allows the finer touches of both forms to exist for each others mutual benefit. Mark's voice went to the same school that taught the blues and rock to work as one on the album, letting them coast along the sea of songs with one sail. His vocal work digs deep, mining blues and rock note gems from the lyrics. Talking blues and a hearty rock attitude in the title track, "Crack, Bang, Boom" and "You're Not At Home" tally on the electric side of things while a softer, more acoustic feel takes center stage in "All Right to Be Me" and "Ain't You Ashamed". Whether he aims for the stars or burrows in for the roots, Barefoot Mark owns bragging rights, crafting his songs with lyrical punches that infuse the tales with life, the characters formed into flesh by the heat of his delivery.
Danny McCloskey –

rhonda readence

Let The Beast Run
Combining country, blues and rock into a pleasing blend of artistry, West Texas musician Barefoot Mark will hold listeners captive with his melodic voice, twangy guitar and sultry blues rhythms. Christened Mark Cullimore, Barefoot Mark’s album Let The Beast Run is a stunning example of the ease with which this musician can combine genres of music as smoothly as an artist lays paint on canvas. The album opens with “Florsheim Shackles,” and he sings precisely what every red-blooded American thinks at some point during the workday. He highlights the drudgery of being shackled, as it were, in the world of the working class. Although the lyrics are not exactly uplifting, the rhythm with which the words are delivered make it into something energizing and invigorating. Barefoot Mark’s country influence is evident and this track is perfectly at home in a rowdy saloon where the working class goes to unwind.

“Her Shoes” continues this theme with a strong country/honky tonk vibe. A foot-tapping number that will get people dancing, fans will clamor to hear this song performed live. The rhythm changes to more of a blues feel on “Thin Ice,” and Barefoot Mark’s vocals are delivered with a seductive smoothness that is enthralling. The sound quality is excellent and the overall essence of this piece is one of calm professionalism. “You’re Not At Home” starts off with some wailing rock guitar that quickly becomes bluesy. With biting lyrics and some nice harmonizing within, this piece embodies the timeless talent of this artist and the musicians with whom he plays.

Let The Beast Run then takes a turn into some serious blues licks with “Nothing Personal,” where Barefoot Mark lets loose a little and shows off his vocal range. “Crack, Bang, Boom” continues the country blues essence that he does so well with dark, extremely well-written lyrics. The guitar work is wonderful and the rhythm section keeps the song moving with polished and clean performances.

Perhaps the most intricate, melodic and creative piece on Let The Beast Run is “Last Gasp,” which may call to mind Led Zeppelin’s song “Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You.” Mark’s voice is polished silk. The guitar work is phenomenal, the blues rhythm will bring listeners to their knees, and the lyrics are delivered with rough emotion conveying a sense of hope in the midst of despair. With excellent instrumentation, this is a sure hit. The title track, “Let The Beast Run,” picks up the pace with a down home rock ‘n’ roll foot-tapping beat, and the high leads into a story of infidelity on “Ain’t You Ashamed.” With a light rhythm and a snappy drumbeat, this piece carries the barest touch of jazz in the midst of Barefoot Mark’s signature country blues vibe. The vocals are crisp and clear, which is the norm for this artist, and the sound quality is flawless. “Alright To Be Me” slows it down with light guitar work and lyrics that will provide comfort and assurance to anyone who has experienced self-doubt (which would be everyone). Let The Beast Run then ends with “Ronnie’s Blues,” which is quite simply a beautiful piece of music.

In the making of this album, Barefoot Mark has shown that he is a diverse artist that can couple country, blues and rock into a pleasing symphony of sound. Listeners will only have to hear the opening track to understand that he is a skilled vocalist and songwriter. The musicians that accompany him are clearly talented, professional and perform with enviable skill. But above all of these attributes, what listeners will like most about this album is the attitude with which the music is played. Each song carries a unique essence and this makes the entire album a true pleasure to behold.