Nov. 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Full gallery on my Facebook page.

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Six years to the day

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Facebook memories reminded me that six years ago today, I performed at the Cloverdale Playhouse for the first time as part of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull. Yep, Nov. 19, 2013.

(Related – it happens to be the third Tuesday, and there is a ‘Pull’ tonight. You should go.)

I think that was the first time I ever stepped foot into the Playhouse, and if you’re a regular reader of this blog or follow me on social media, you know it wasn’t the last.

I never thought six years ago that this event would be the subject of my first feature-length film as director. I never would have thought that I’d have created so many memories, taken so many photos, helped film promo videos for productions.

I’m reminded of what Mike Winkelman said in Commit to the Song, “One of the things I love about this place is everybody’s welcome.”

Props to the staff, volunteers, and donors that keep that community theater going. It’s a great thing to have in Montgomery. Keep up the good work.

See y’all tonight!

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Stay spooky, my friends

Yes, Halloween has come and gone, but… before your ears get completely inundated with Christmas music, check out this video from Halloween night.

(Side note: I said “completely” above because last night, as I’m getting out of my car to enter a restaurant for dinner, the home decor place nearby was blasting Christmas music outside causing my WTF face to magically appear.)

Anyway, here’s the video. It was a really fun shoot for a law office that became a haunted house for Dracula’s Ball.

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One year of ‘Commit to the Song’

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Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull, my first feature-length documentary, has been available publicly for an entire year now! In light of this, I want to say something:

Thank you!

To everyone who has rented or purchased it, thank you. To everyone who has taken the time to write a review, thank you. To the people who agreed to be interviewed on camera in order for this to happen, thank you.

If you haven’t yet seen the film, it’s on Amazon. And the event the film is based on continues to this day and is part of the Cloverdale Playhouse‘s upcoming 2020 season.

And one of the stars of the film – Robert “Bubba” Hall – is continuing the spirit of the film by hosting Commit to the Song “SongRighters” series aaaaaannnnndddd…. he even made some t-shirts. I purchased one a while back from him, and he went all-out, getting the highest quality shirt he could find. You can purchase one from him here. (It’s the shirt I wore when BARRENS performed for the Montgomery Advertiser, as seen below.)

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Photo by Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser.

So again, thank you. And if you haven’t seen the film, check it out and leave a review.

Much love.

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