New single coming soon: ‘No One (Reprise)’

Lately it seems I’ve been doing more photography and film-related work than music, but I am still working on music, writing and arranging songs for another solo album.

But in the meantime, I have recorded a new version of an older song that will soon be released as a single.

The song “No One” appears on my first solo album, 2008’s Note from the Georgian Hotel. It’s one of the more upbeat/faster songs on that album (“upbeat” as in speed, not lyrical content… it’s a sad song like the others), but the new version – “No One (Reprise)” – will be completely different. (Hear the original version on YouTube.)

I actually worked on the new version back in 2013 and first performed it live that November at the monthly guitar pull event at the Cloverdale Playhouse.

The new song is currently in the process of being delivered to digital stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and will be available very soon. (I’ll post again here and on social media when it’s out, so I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or you can get email updates on this blog by clicking that “follow” button.)

Also, a music video will be released for the song as well through Terrible Master Films (Facebook, Twitter.)

The cover art for the single features my friend Miranda Hood, who will also be in the upcoming music video. Many thanks to her for helping out with this project.

More info coming soon. Thank you all for your continued support. Much love.

Five years…

I just saw that was wishing me a happy anniversary with them. Apparently, I started this blog in September 2010, and it got me thinking about so many things that have happened in the last five years…

That was the year that I released my second solo album The Final Scene. Since then, I’ve had so many experiences – both good and bad – that have made me who I am today. I’ve learned a lot, experienced great friendships, met and worked with great people, loved, lost, traveled, written, recorded, acted, produced, directed, and many other things.

By all accounts, I’m a lucky individual, and I have a lot of great people in my life for whom I am very thankful.

Tequila Nylon + Glorious 70mm

TNalbumcover250Last year my friend Alex, a Nashville-based music producer, sent a couple of tracks to me so that we could collaborate on some music. It took me a while to get around to recording, but while I was set up working on the score for the short film City Federal (trailer, score) I had some extra time to layer some sounds over what he sent me.

The result is this two-track EP titled “Transmissions,” a collaboration between Alex, a.k.a. Tequila Nylon, and myself under my film score moniker Glorious 70mm.


Like previous Glorious 70mm albums, you can name your price, even if $0.00. Or if you’re interested in using any of the music in a film (or want a custom score), let me know.

Be sure to check out and like him on Facebook.

And like Glorious 70mm on Facebook while you’re at it.

Birmingham Artwalk this weekend… and some vague stuff just for you!

This weekend is the 2015 Birmingham Artwalk, and I am honored to be one of this year’s musical performers. I’ll be under the Viaduct at 6pm this Friday.

Check out the fantastic list of performers and artists on their website.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more information and updates: click here.

I recently was part of a table read for a new film project that’s getting started this coming weekend. It’s a drama that has a great cast and crew, most of which I’ve had the privilege of working with on previous projects.

Last night's table read went well. #acting #indie #film

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There is another project in the works that I’ll be providing more information on soon…

Port St Joe, FL… with a @hailthetitans tote bag. #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #florida #music #video

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Related to that last photo, I made some new friends at the beach recently, and I got to try some rum that I’m told is Fidel Castro’s favorite. I’m not going to venture into politics, but if that’s true, he’s got good taste when it comes to rum.

From Fidel's personal rum factory… #realtalk. @mirandajhoody knows what I'm talking about. #smuggling.

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Also, while in the Port St. Joe, FL area, I had a lot of fun at this place. Good food and drink, good company, and good times.

Love this place.

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And then there’s this photo I took at sunrise recently:

#findthebeautyintheworld #nofilter #sunrise #florida

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Film-y type stuff

With the 17th annual Sidewalk Film Festival coming up this weekend in Birmingham, take some time to watch last year’s Audience Award Winner – It Is What It Is, from director Mike Cunliffe. It’s now on Amazon Instant Video.

Cunliffe also acted in the film Death to the World, which is also on Amazon.

If you’re attending Sidewalk this year, be sure to check out some films made by some friends of mine. Look for screenings of Little Cabbage, Dead Saturday, and For a Few Zombies More.

There will be more news coming soon about a couple of other film-related projects, but in the meantime, my friend Somica Spratley is working on her film Without Obsession, and she has a fundraiser going on IndieGoGo. Click here to check that out.

And the crew from Foolish Henry Films (Death to the World, City Federal) have started pre-production on a new project. More soon…

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
-Leonard da Vinci

This. I get it. Mr. da Vinci is correct. But I think I sometimes take it a step further because I also look at end results, produced work.

So many times it feels that no matter how much I’m trying to do, or how many projects I’m working on, it’s never enough. I should be doing more. (How many hours am I losing to this sleep stuff, right?)

In fact, I just looked at the date of my last blog post and then looked at my calendar to see what I’ve done, you know, other than not update this thing. I’ve been busy, but I can be busy and still feel as if I’m standing still.

I’ve played some shows, traveled out of town a bit, done some filming, some photography, writing and pre-production on a project, seen a play (Smoke on the Mountain at the Wetumpka Depot), hung out with friends, tried new beers, learned how to make homemade flour tortillas…

I’ve got film footage and photos to edit and preparation for a handful of other projects in the works, but there’s a disconnect. I still ask myself what I’m doing?

But hey, that’s not really even what I had planned on writing in this post, but there it is. Check out that stream-of-consciousness right there. But yeah… I guess just focus on the “projects in the works” part and know that there is stuff on the way.

In other news, I’ll be back at the Recovery Room in Dothan this Friday, playing with my friend Mike VanDusen. Starts at 9. No cover.

“if yes, you come in the true site…”

Death to the World, the slasher/horror film from Foolish Henry Films, is now available on Amazon Instant Video!

That is actually a real quote in the promo pic I put together on the left. I left all grammatical errors intact.

Click here to check it out on Amazon.

The Switch

The Switch

Last month, I had the opportunity to be part of the writing and acting team for a short film for the Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project.

It was directed by Trishunda Mooney and sponsored by Indie Film LOOP.

It’s a comedy that was written, filmed, edited, and scored all within 48 hours. And it’s now available to watch on YouTube.

Click here to watch The Switch.

This past Saturday, I got another chance to work with a couple of the people that I met during filming for The Switch. They were filming a short titled Cooler Than Lemonade, and I played an awkward jogger (I know, if I’m running in a film, it’s always awkward, but this one is even more awkward than usual.)

And speaking of film projects, I went ahead and made a Filmography page for projects I’ve been a part of.

“Hey I don’t appreciate your lack of sarcasm!”

That quote is from Louise Belcher on Bob’s Burgers. It has nothing to do with anything else in this post.

Tomorrow night, I’m playing at The Barrel Room in Enterprise, AL, brought to you by Treehouse Booking. Starts at 8 pm.

Flyer design by Michael VanDusen.

This Saturday night, It Is What It Is will be screening at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery. It was written and directed by Mike Cunliffe (who also appears in Death to the World) and last year won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Starts at 9:30 pm. Details here.

Next Tuesday, July 21, is the third Tuesday of the month, which means the monthly guitar pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse will be happening. That starts at 7 pm.

Also, thanks to everyone who came out to the show Monday night to see Fall of Adam, The Cradle, and The Gradients, and thanks to Vegan Deviled Egg for booking and promoting shows.

Practice. #fallofadam #music #safeplaceforart #sanctuary #montgomery #alabama #mgm

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You are not alone

“What’s on your mind?” asked the box on Facebook. I started typing. Then I backspaced and waited a few minutes.

I returned to the box and started typing once more, but again, deleted it. The words weren’t coming out the way I wanted them to, the way I thought they should. It just didn’t flow.

A friend had just posted a blog post, publicly and bravely talking about her personal struggles with depression and anxiety. It reminded me of this other blog post I read recently, and even my own.

It reminded me of Project 1 in 4 (website | Twitter | Instagram), an art project based on the statistic that 26.2% of American adults currently suffer from a diagnosable condition.

So I wanted to post something encouraging to others, just in case it was needed. We all have different circles of friends, and with Facebook’s ever-changing logarithm, you never really know who sees what posts, and you really never know who might need that little boost of encouragement that day.

And the only thing I could really come up with at the time was this: You are not alone.

You are not alone.

Of course, with the various senses of humor in my friends group, it ended up being “forever alone” memes and Michael Jackson lyrics (not linking to that.) I love my friends and their senses of humor, so yes, I left all the comments intact. Maybe someone laughed, and that served as their encouragement. Who knows?

But when someone bravely opens up about something that personal – which is not easy – it’s an encouraging reminder of that message: You are not alone.

Photography and prints

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more photography, and after consulting with a couple of friends (who happen to be great artists), I decided to start a Society6 page in case anyone would like to have a print of some of the photos I’ve taken.

So here is the link: (and I highly recommend checking out Monarch Images and Studio Nil while you’re on the site.)

Below are some samples of some of my prints: