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Barefoot Manner is a four-piece musical group whose sound is rooted in newgrass, soul shaking funk, and musical experimentation. The music of Barefoot Manner is an original blend of bluegrass instrumentation.
Barefoot Manner was formed at the turn of the millennium as a bluegrass trio composed of Walter Hensey, Dave Kleiss, and Shawn Chase, three men. During the Fall of 2000, they met percussionist Jeff Garland and began to develop their sound.
- Jeff Garland on Percussion & vocals
- Hank Smith on Banjo & Electric Banjo & vocals
- Shawn Chase, Mandolin & vocals
- Leo Kishore on Bass
- Walter Hensey (as of 2005)
- David Kleiss (as of 2006)
Barefoot Manner spent the majority of 2001 playing extensively throughout North Carolina, performing with such acts as the Sam Bush Band, Acoustic Syndicate, the Larry Keel Experience, Blueground Undergrass, and the John Cowan Band.
Their debut studio album, "Mannerisms", was released in September.
Barefoot Manner performed 133 shows in 2002, touring through 13 states. Highlights of the year were Smilefest in June with Béla Fleck and Keller Williams and Salmonfest in August with Leftover Salmon and Galactic. In September, Barefoot Manner also hosted its first ever outdoor festival called Mannerland and headlined the event for two nights. The group's second album, "Centered", came out in November and Home Grown Music Network stepped up to help circulate. Barefoot Manner did a two night stay at the "Haunted" Pour House in Raleigh, NC for Halloween and then performed a New Years show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC.
The group performed 155 shows in 20 states playing non-stop throughout the year. The group toured out to Colorado in March and then hosted its second festival, Mannerland II, in April. Long-time friend, Hank Smith, officially joined the group over the Summer with his unique banjo skills. The group's Smilefest performance in Union Grove, NC marked the beginning of the five-piece Manner sound as Barefoot Manner played nearly five straight hours and brought the sun up to close out the festival. Barefoot Manner rounded out the Summer by touring out to California for the first time to play the High Sierra Festival. Upon returning to North Carolina, the guys recorded their 3rd album live in Raleigh on July 26 and 27 at the Aqua Leisure shows. Barefoot Manner welcomed in the Fall with their third festival, Mannerland III, in September. The Halloween show in 2003 showcased Barefoot Manner as a council of Manner jedi with the Star Wars theme in full effect. The New Year's Eve show was at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC and the event was filmed in hopes of releasing a DVD in the Spring of 2004.
Barefoot Manner spent 2004 touring the South Eastern United States and performing at a number of Festivals. The band performed 142 shows along the East Coast. Barefoot Manner opened for The Dead at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh, NC on August 17.
The group performed 64 shows, concentrating close to their home state of North Carolina. Highlights of the year included the Terrapin Tour at the beginning of the year, Smilefest 11 in the Summer, and Mannerland 5 in the Fall.