‘Painted Disasters’ live

Here’s another video from my performance late last year at Gypsy Rose Music in Roswell, GA. This time, the song “Painted Disasters” from my album Ghost of a Town. Thanks again to Wes Brown for filming these.

If you missed the previous ones, “Cold Case” and “The Last Time” are below as well.

 

Self-promotion… ugh.

It’s always been a lot easier for me to promote a band or film than to promote my solo acoustic stuff. I think a big part of that is because a band and a film are both collective endeavors – I’m not just promoting me, I’m promoting us.

It’s easier to say “hey, go like my band” than to say “hey, go like… me.” And that’s how it feels in my head sometimes. And it’s kind of weird.

Also, one of the human traits I find most abhorrent is arrogance, and I don’t want to be even remotely misconstrued that way.

So therefore, the closest I’ve come to having merch with my name on it – other than CDs – was some small stickers and buttons. Never went the t-shirt route because in my head I’ve always thought “why would anyone want a shirt with my name on it?”

(Even with the stickers and buttons, it said, “I ❤ Josh Carples’ music” because at least it didn’t say they love me, right?)

But as I’ve continued as an artist, I’ve been lucky to have friends that genuinely support me – from streaming my music to buying my albums to sharing events and statuses when I’m looking for actors or locations for projects. And that means the world to me. (Thank you. For real. Thank you.)

I think sometimes it’s hard for artists – especially those with a history of depression and/or regularly use self-deprecating humor – to realize that there are people who genuinely want you to succeed and genuinely want to support both you and your art.

And this post isn’t to say that I have arrived at some epiphany and have magically changed my thought processes. Oh no… it’s a very slow process with ups and downs that go between “Hey, look, some people seem to like me” and “I suck at everything; why do I even try?”

Hashtag the struggle is real.

I recently started an account on Teespring to put up some t-shirts. It’s on-demand printing, so orders and fulfillment are all handled by them online, and I don’t have inventory. But I did, for the first time ever, design some shirts with my name on it. And yes, I still think “why would anyone want a shirt with my name on it?” But for anyone that does, there are currently six designs available.

Thanks for reading my stream-of-consciousness blog posts and for the love and support you’ve shown me over the years.

Much love.

And a quick reminder: my new album Carry the Wounds is out March 6!

There. I’m done with self-promotion and the weird feelings that come with it for a while.

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‘Carry the Wounds’ album art + release show (and more)!

As mentioned last month, my 4th studio album Carry the Wounds will be released on Friday, March 6.

That evening, I’ll be performing at Goat Haus Biergarten in downtown Montgomery. Details here. (Side note: you should catch their weekend brunch – it’s so good!)

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And below is the Carry the Wounds album cover:

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So yeah, I hope to see you at Goat Haus on March 6. And like my other albums, this will be available from all digital retailers on that date (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc.) so you can hear it in full prior to the release show that evening.

In other news…

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BARRENS is performing as part of the Punk Rock Art Show vol. 11 on Saturday, Feb. 29. That event is at Brennan’s Irish Pub in Birmingham, AL’s five points area downtown. Details and full lineup here.

We’ve also been working on some new songs, so we’ll begin testing out some new jams soon.

And Foolish Henry Films is working on a new project. That’s all I’m going to really say on that front at the moment, except to say that it brings back a couple of Death to the World alumni for the project.

Let’s see… what else…

The new play at the Cloverdale PlayhouseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – opens this Thursday.

And our buds in Abusements, Skeptic?, and the McRyatts are playing at Black Market Bar and Grill in Birmingham this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9pm.

There’s probably more stuff, but that’s all I can think of right now. So… make plans. Get out of the house and do stuff.

Much love.

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