DCSF lineup, ‘Concubineapple’ and… Murder?

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OK, but for real, the Druid City Songwriters Festival posted the lineup today, and you should check that out. I’m really looking forward to performing at this and seeing a lot of the friends I’ve made at the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull over the years.

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In other news, Chris Eckels (bassist from Abusements) grabbed some video footage from the debut Barrens show last Saturday. Here’s the song “Concubineapple.”

And this coming Saturday, April 21, I’ll be performing my solo material at Bomber’s Pub, opening for The Murder of Jane Crow, from Birmingham. (See, there’s the “Murder” from the post title. I didn’t leave you hanging.)

Click here for those show details.

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Debut Barrens show… and other things

30582075_2029825093904601_4289610094678989638_nAs confirmed in February, I am in a new band, and that band is called Barrens and features Jiggly J. Slickwood (12th Hour, Breaking Aim and the Rhythm, Flip the Switch, Neon Liars) and Clay Smith (Flip the Switch, Neon Liars, Born Enemies, Ballswag.)

Our first show is this Saturday, April 14 at Bomber’s Pub in Montgomery, AL with Happy Lemmy (Birmingham) and our friends in The Last Thing You Remember. Starts at 9pm. Details here.

You can find us on various social media platforms – @barrensmusic.

Saturday’s show is part of the Against the Grain “Scene Saturdays” music series.

In other news, I made some minor tweaks/updates to this website, mainly updating the About, Music, and Film pages. Look around, click some links, and use the Contact page for hate mail.

I hope to see you Saturday.

#concubineapple #demo #tease #barrensmusic #gnawedoff

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Seville: The Basement Cuts

I recently got the opportunity to write and direct a spot for Seville: The Basement Cuts, a temporary location for the Seville salon staff. It was a fun shoot, and they allowed me to go a bit experimental for a salon ad – going with a film noir/thriller vibe.

Check it out on the Terrible Master Films YouTube channel.

–CREDITS–
Directed by Josh Carples
Produced by Terrible Master Films
Music: www.bensound.com

–CAST–
Client: Brittany Vallely
Door Man: Christopher S. Hubbard

–STYLISTS–
Jen Powell
Malerie Bussell
Jessica Toole

–SALON CLIENTS–
Jessica Bussell
Angie Davis
Mike Dickinson
Lydia Mann
Dez HD Social
Stephanie Wright

They let me on TV

Many thanks to Kenny Dean, The Barnyard Jamboree, and the folks at WAXC TV 3 in Alexander City for allowing me to play some of my songs for their audience.

The entire performance and interview can be seen here:

March 2018 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Click here to view the gallery.

Druid City Songwriters Fest!

img_4564I’m a bit late on this announcement… but I will be part of the first Druid City Songwriters Festival in Tuscaloosa, AL, this June.

I’ve been to film festivals and music festivals, but I have never been to a songwriters festival. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Find out more on their website and Facebook page.

Overthinking: “too local”

28157820_576168246078082_6331405260346621952_nI’ve talked about artists and audience connection before… and here I am talking about it again.

When the hometown screening of Commit to the Song was held, many people in the audience knew the people on the screen. Many knew most of the story already. That personal knowledge, I would think, would stir up personal feelings.

But how would an audience of strangers react not knowing anyone on the screen or much, if anything, about the film in advance? I had a concern that somehow this film might be “too local,” if that makes sense.

The film screened last weekend at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL, and it was my first time to test that.

I was having a discussion with another filmmaker about that issue, and he said, “Most documentaries that I watch, I don’t know any of the people in them.” And of course, he’s right. (This is a good example of how I sometimes get lost in the fog of my own thoughts. Overthinking.)

What really stood out to me after the screening in Florence was when an actress from South Carolina came up to me. She had tears in her eyes as she said, “Your film is the only one in the festival so far that has made me cry.”

And there it was, that audience connection to the art that we, as artists, desire.

Next screening will be this Saturday, March 10, in Dothan, AL. Details here.

‘Commit to the Song’ debut

Last night felt great. I’m not sure how else to really say it other than that. I think all artists desire for their work to connect with others, and the feedback, crowd response, laughter, and tears from last night’s hometown screening of my new documentary felt great.

Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull made its first public debut at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery last night.

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Specially made for the event by Liger’s Bakery.

I want to thank the people that made this screening happen: Sandra Nickel, Don and Glenda Armstrong, George Jacobsen, Will O’Connor, John G. Veres III, Johnny and Beth Veres, Sarah Thornton, Melaine Bennett, Greg Thornton, the Cloverdale Playhouse staff, the Capri Theatre staff, and Liger’s Bakery who helped cater the reception.

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the film, and I appreciate all the kind words and feedback on it.

I’m still processing parts of it, honestly. There were family members of the film’s namesake in attendance – traveling from other states (FL, GA, NC) to see this film in Montgomery, AL on a Tuesday evening. And to hear what it meant to them was very touching.

My friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who is one of the stars of the film, said this:

“It will make you laugh, cry and cheer, also teach you about believing in something bigger than yourself and what is possible if you do good things for good reasons.”

I hope other audiences will connect with it and get that same sentiment out of it.

Many thanks to the Alabama News Network for covering the event. Read their article: “Documentary Honoring Legacy of Local Musician Community

Upcoming screenings:

March 3 – Florence, AL – George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. (Screening at 11 a.m.)

March 10 – Dothan, AL – Featured Players Cabaret. (Screening at 8 p.m., followed by musical performance.)

Introducing: Barrens

The rumors are true: I am in a band again, and the band is called Barrens.

Tales by Bob got the exclusive scoop on the new project in an interview conducted with Barrens guitarist Jason Snellgrove. Read it here.

@barrensmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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#barrensmusic #tease #concubineapple #gnawedoff

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‘A Doll’s House’ promo and ‘Commit to the Song’ trailer

I recently teamed up with C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) again for another promo video for the Cloverdale Playhouse, this time for their upcoming production of A Doll’s House that opens this Thursday. #TMFCJSV

And… the trailer for my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is up!

So far, there are three upcoming opportunities to see it:

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Montgomery, AL (details)
Saturday, March 3 – Florence, AL (George Lindsey UNA Film Festival)
Saturday, March 10 – Dothan, AL (details coming soon…)