In June 2018, Barrens performed at Brennan’s Irish Pub in Birmingham, AL, and there is some video from it. It was our third show, and it was a lot of fun.
It’s now online for your viewing pleasure:
Happy New Year!
I recently posted a vlog – that word just sounds odd to me – and I neglected to post it on this here website, so I’m remedying that now. It deals with coffee. And stuff. And things. Enjoy. Or don’t. Happy New Year either way.
My new single, “This Barren Land,” is out today! Visit your favorite digital music retailer to purchase or stream it!
Lyrics are on my Bandcamp page.
See this post for more info about this song.
Thanks for the support, and I hope you enjoy the new song.
PS – for clarity – I wrote this song before joining the band Barrens, so the song has nothing to do with the band. That question has come up a couple of times, so I figured I’d go ahead and address it.
So… here’s the thing: I’ve been slowwwwwwly working on a new solo album, and it is taking forever. And since the beginning of working on these ten songs, I’ve written a new one, and I’m thinking of re-working or changing some other ones… and, well, it’s taking forever.
Part of that delay is just scheduling time to record. I’ve been involved in a number of film projects this year, including a documentary that’s in the early editing stages. I’m also the drummer for Barrens, and we’ve been writing and plan to record soon. And of course there’s also general… life… stuff.
With all of that being said, I’ve decided to release the one song that is complete as a single, and I wanted to release something before 2018 completely gets away from me.
So on Tuesday, December 18, the new song “This Barren Land” will be available from all major digital retail stores – Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc. Here’s the artwork:
The nature photo included in the cover art was taken by Gloria Aitken. Check out her art page here. She’s got an Etsy store as well with lots of great items for sale.
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Thanks for reading!
This past Thursday, I had some friends checking on me. On top of the public release of my first feature-length documentary and being on day 4 of a 6-day film shoot, this would have been my mother’s 75th birthday.
I picked that release date for Commit to the Song on purpose. Mom was always supportive of my art – standing in the front row of smoky bars, night clubs, and any venue where I was performing, or making sure to attend any film-related screenings or events that I was involved with. She would have been proud of this film.
So after completing day 4 of filming and going over the next day’s shot list with the director, I joined a number of friends for Mexican food and margaritas in celebration of Mom.
Thanks to all of you who have shown your friendship, love, and support and continue to do so. Thanks for the kind words on the film. Thanks for watching, and thanks for listening.
Rent or purchase Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull on Amazon.
For background on a “now” page, click here.
This weekend, I’m joining my friend Mike Slaten for a couple of shows in the Huntsville/Madison area:
Fri., Oct. 26 at Wish You Were Beer – Campus 805
Sat., Oct. 27 at Rocket City Craft Beer
Come hang out!
In other news, my documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull should be available for rent or purchase from Amazon on November 1. If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is:
Next week, I’m serving as Director of Photography for a short film, along with acting in one scene. Also, I’m working with C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams on two documentary projects – one is still filming and one is now in the early editing stages. And I helped both of them and writer/director Sharisma Bell recently with an upcoming web series they’re producing. More on all of those soon.
Also recently, I was part of a music and film panel that was sponsored by 21 Dreams Arts & Culture Collective as part of this year’s Flight of the Arts MGM. Many thanks to Kalonji Gilchrist and 21 Dreams for their work in promoting both art and artist.
The recent Barrens show with The Ghost of Daniel Pratt and The Goddamn Rights was a lot of fun. Next Barrens show is coming up Dec. 14. Here’s a clip of a new song:
I think that’s it for now. Thanks for reading.
The next Barrens show is Oct. 20 at Bomber’s Pub in Montgomery, AL, and the Montgomery Advertiser ran a feature on us today that includes a live performance of the song “All Those Lights” and some photos.
Read it here.
Photo by Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser
They also include a section on me as a solo artist, adding in a live performance of my song “This Barren Land” (and since I have been asked before, no, neither the song nor lyrics are about the band.)
Fun fact: I had a sinus infection and had lost my voice the week leading up to that recording, but the show must go on, right?
Anyway, my next solo performances are scheduled for the Huntsville/Madison area on Oct. 26 and 27:
Oct. 26 at Wish You Were Beer (at Campus 805 in Huntsville)
Oct. 27 at Rocket City Craft Beer (in Madison)
Both of those shows allow me to share the stage with my friend Mike Slaten (of Tres Locos, Duos Locos, and Forest Haven.)
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