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“Levi Lowrey, a Zac Brown Band associate who is signed to Brown’s Southern Ground record label, will be the venue’s first headliner. But an opening duo is on the bill, too — Franklin County natives Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett (of Barefoot West) Lowrey said he is looking forward to breaking in the room. Forry says he’s excited and grateful to Lowrey and Harvester manager Gary Jackson for the opportunity to help kick off the schedule. “There are so many local musicians and singer-songwriters in Franklin County that are far more deserving than us, so this is not only an opportunity, but a great responsibility to do our hometown proud,” Forry wrote in an e-mail last week. “Franklin County didn’t have a music hall when we were growing up, so The Harvester is a huge deal to us.””

“Best Local Band: Barefoot West | Barefoot West is a quintet of musicians that has performed in the Smith Mountain Lake region and throughout Southwest Virginia since 2006. With a laid-back sound and vibe reminiscent of Zac Brown Band and Jack Johnson , it's no wonder the band is a perennial favorite in this category. The 2011 movie "Lake Effects," filmed in and around Smith Mountain Lake, featured six original songs written and performed by Barefoot West.”

“So, the movie “Lake Effects” will wind up on television. The Hallmark Channel will shoot screen the movie — shot at Smith Moutain Lake — at 8 p.m. May 19. I wouldn’t care one way or the other, except that means that local band Barefoot West‘s music will be heard by a relatively wide audience.”

“Smith Mountain Lake-area musician Kyle Forry took a passing interest in the news of “Lake Effects” before a series of events thrust him and his band, Barefoot West, into a substantial role in the film. Production coordinator Chinah Jewell said the volume of e-mail was enough to get her attention. “We started getting these e-mails about how great Barefoot West was and that we should have them perform in the film,” she said. “The director saw them perform at the [SML] Wine Festival and they ended up contributing the most music to the film.” The band was asked to perform in scenes during filming and five of Barefoot West’s original songs were picked up for the movie’s soundtrack. “One of the songs that I wrote, ‘Rekindle,’ went along with the movie’s story line almost perfectly,” said Forry. “Director Michael McKay was very excited about that and said it was meant to be. If given the chance, Forry said the band would definitely participate in a film ag”

"Want to know what it’s like to see a band that lives their songs? Go see Barefoot West. Their singer Kyle Forry is a testament to honest storytelling within music. You can literally see his face change the second that first note hits his ears. It’s almost like each song instantly brings him back to whatever inspired the track in the first place. It’s engaging, rhythmic, and always full of heart."

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“Barefoot West plays the kind of music that would sound good on a chill day by the lake -- and here they are, gigging at a marina bar. Details: 9 p.m. The Boat House, Indian Point Marina, Hardy. Free. 352-4071, magnumsboathouse.com, myspace.com/barefootwest. ”

“County Bound With Barefoot West Former members of Pickin' Buds, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and WD-40 & The Rusty Nuts have put a new outfit together. Opener Barefoot West goes acoustic to open the show. Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, tinyurl.com/29gcpfn (County Bound), myspace.com/barefootwest. ”

“Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival The 22nd annual festival features 27 Virginia wineries, craft and food vendors. Music by Barefoot West, Burning Bridges and the Worx. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasters, $15 advance and $22 gate; non-tasters, $10 advance and $15 gate; kids 12 and under, free. Lakewatch Plantation, 14374 Booker T. Washington Highway, Moneta. 721-1203, annette@visitsmithmountainlake.com, visitsmithmountainlake.com ”

“Bonnie Bishop With Corey Hunley, Kyle Forry It's singer/songwriter night at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Bonnie Bishop, from Austin, Texas, infuses soul and R&B into her Americana originals. Her friend Corey Hunley has opened shows in town for John Hiatt, Paul Thorn and Chris Knight, and pulled it off well. Hunley's pickin' buddy in Barefoot West, Kyle Forry, has some good originals, too. Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $12. kirkavenuemusic.com, myspace.com/bonniebishopband, myspace.com/coreyhunley, myspace.com/barefootwest. ”

“Roanoke Valley band Barefoot West has a movie gig, thanks to the in-production flick “Lake Effects,” which is shooting at Smith Mountain Lake. The band has been trying to get some of its music into the movie. Band leader Kyle Forry wrote in an e-mail today that he got a call last night from the assistant production manager, who asked the band to come out on Tuesday to a shoot at Fallon’s Pub & Grill. Forry wrote that he’s still not sure whether his music will make the soundtrack, but the band will definitely be in the movie. “After four years of playing at the lake for almost every weekend out of the year … it finally paid off. Haha!” Forry wrote. ” I’m definitely excited, and I hope we get to meet some if not all of the cast!” ”