Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-01-27 11:15:00 –
He had music when Eli Blackshear had nothing.
He dropped out of high school when he realized how much he liked playing music.
“I wanted to pursue music, so I stuck to doing nothing else,” said 22-year-old Blackshear.
After falling for a moment with his parents, he noticed that the self-proclaimed “wild kid” lives on the streets of Manitou Springs.
Blackshear spent his days playing music for passers-by and wanted to earn $ 15 a day to lift himself up. Then he started getting paid to play gigs around the town. Soon he was making enough money to pay the rent.
“To some extent, music has saved me from the path I was able to take,” says Blackshear.
It also led him to live in a house full of like-minded musicians. Blackshear has also joined other bands, but something was clicked on by these people. They didn’t renew their leases and even decided to go out with music. They bought an RV and traveled the country for 6 months.
In the process, they had to come up with a band name that matched the psychedelic sound of their soul.
“We are a kind of hippie dippy,” explains Blackshear. “And we don’t wear much shoes.”
And that was the beginning of the Barefoot Family Caravan. He describes themselves as four musicians who are “passionate in making music and playing wherever the wind blows.”
This includes highlights such as a show with Willie Nelson’s granddaughter at Hollywood’s iconic venue, Whiskey a Go Go.
“We go where the music goes,” says Blackshear.
But lately, the Barefoot Family Caravan has remained in Manitou Springs. The band’s lead singer and songwriter, Blackshear, spent most of 2020 writing songs in the absence of live shows in the coronavirus pandemic. He says three new albums are approaching. His songs are inspired by everything from love for girls to sleeplessness.
“We want to influence our music and make the world a better place,” Blackshear said. “Recently, there’s a lot of impersonal music. I’m trying to write from the actual location of the struggle.”
Whether you’re playing at local spots like Kinfolks or Armadillo Ranch or touring, we’re happy to do what you love.
“What I like about all of us is that from an early age we knew that music could change people’s lives,” Blackshear said.
He says, including his own life.
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