Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett were both born and raised in Franklin County, Virginia. They began playing and writing songs together in high school and have largely shared the same musical journey in the 20 years since. Their music intertwines Americana, Reggae, and Rock with soulful vocals and effortless harmonies.
Since their Barefoot West began performing in bars, festivals, and venues in Southwest Virginia eight years ago, they haven’t stopped to take a breath. Their numerous public performances and local popularity led to them being voted “Best Local Band” by Smith Mountain Laker Magazine every year from 2010 to 2016. They even appeared in Lake Effects, a 2012 film which was shot at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and televised nationally and internationally on the Hallmark Movie Channel. Kyle and Justin performed several shows with Southern Ground Recording Artist, Levi Lowrey and Zac Brown Band member, Clay Cook at the Harvester Performance Center in their hometown of Rocky Mount, VA. This dynamic duo has become a favorite at many local craft breweries, venues, and annual events in and around the Roanoke Valley.