Barefoot With Angels is John Howard´s seventh CD release since the reissue of his 1975 debut album Kid In A Big World in 2004. As such, it marks a departure for Howard as this is the first one he has recorded in his home studio. As he explains: "Not being tied into an outside studio´s availability meant I could record whenever I felt inspired, had an idea for a vocal harmony or backing arrangement. It gave me a wonderful sense of creative immediacy which I think you can hear in the tracks."
There are 12 new Howard originals on the album, including the seven-plus minute long opus "Magdalena Merrywidow", a tribute to British sex change icon April Ashley in whose fashionable Knightsbridge restaurant John regularly performed in the mid-1970s; "Who´s Listening?", dedicated to comedy film star Kenneth Williams - and inspired by Williams´ famous last diary entry ´What´s the bloody point?´; and "The Exquisites", whose title was inspired by Oscar Wilde´s description of the beautiful people he was surrounded by in his prime. "The song tells of how Glam Rock came to pop music´s rescue after The Beatles split up in 1970" says John, "and my own personal journey through that period."
Barefoot With Angels is also John´s first release on Spanish label Hanky Panky Records.