Jan. 2020 Guitar Pull photos are up!

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‘Cold Case’ live

Last month, I released a live video of “The Last Time” that my friend Wes Brown filmed during my Nov. 7 performance at Gypsy Rose Music in Roswell, GA. Here is another video from that same performance for the song “Cold Case.”

That song is also from my 2010 album “The Final Scene” available from digital retailers everywhere and from Bandcamp.

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Happy 2020!

Well hey. Happy 2020. Welcome back to this here website/blog.

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First things first: Thanks to Shannon Heupel and the Montgomery Advertiser (and to everyone involved) for the recent article highlighting my solo stuff, BARRENS, and Remembering Anarcha.

I woke up from a long sleep to many social media shares, likes, and words of encouragement. It was very much appreciated, and good timing for me as well.

The article features a live performance of a new song called “Carry the Wounds,” and hell… why wait? – that will be the title track of a new album I plan to release this year.

If you haven’t read the article or seen the video, check it out here.

I was going to wait a little while longer before making the album announcement, but there it is.

No release date is set yet – I’m working on album art and trying to come up with some video ideas, but of course, I’ll update you with more information at a later date. Be sure to subscribe via email to make sure you don’t miss any updates.

When I said that this article was good timing for me, well, entering 2020 was a strange course of events.

I was working as director of photography (D.P.) on a film, and I hadn’t been feeling well. Not wanting to let the cast and crew down (many of which came in from out of state) and knowing we were using my equipment, I pushed myself, despite running a fever, and on the last scene of the day on NYE, I passed out on set.

Took a little trip to the ER, took a selfie as a joke, came home and slept for hours… many hours. And I woke up to lots of tags and shares of that article. It was a nice thing to wake up to.

Thanks to my friends who made sure my vehicle and equipment were taken care of. Thanks to the friends who came up to the ER during my visit. Thanks to everyone who checked on me, asked if I needed anything, brought me soup, and just generally wished me well and expressed that they were glad I was still amongst the living.

I hope you enjoy the new song. Hopefully I’ll have some more album news coming soon.

Thanks for reading, listening, watching, reaching out, etc. Much love.

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New music: Fall of Adam ‘Forward Motion’ out now!

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After Hail the Titans, Adam Davila let me hear some songs he had been working on for a solo project he was calling “Fall of Adam.” HTT had gone on hiatus, and he invited me to contribute some stuff for the project.

He wrote the songs and had begun recording them. I was a session player on it, adding some guitars, synth, and drums.

We performed the songs live at a few shows circa 2014-2015 (if I’m remembering correctly) as a two-piece band, layering/looping/building the songs as needed. It was a lot of fun.

For more on the background of the album, see the “album notes” section on CD Baby.

Anyway, Adam recorded, mixed, and mastered the album, and he released it recently on digital platforms, so check it out on Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you stream music.

Hey, check it – found a couple of Instagram posts from back in those days:

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We have some talented friends #fallofadam

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‘This Barren Land’ video

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One year ago today, I released the single “This Barren Land” (which is available from digital retailers and streaming platforms.)

Well, a few days ago, I got an idea and decided to try out some stuff for a video for the song, and with this being the one-year anniversary of the release, it seemed a good time to release it. It’s on my YouTube channel.

A few days prior to the release, I posted some background information about it. I talked about the slowwww recording process for what was supposed to be a new album. Update: I ended up abandoning the rest of that recording session and basically starting over. So… with that being said, I hope to make some new music announcements relatively soon, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, check out the “Music” page on this site for links to current and previous bands/projects/albums/EPs/singles.

Thanks!

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Authenticity, mental health, and social media

I recently saw a post from a friend of mine in the Atlanta area. It started out, “The more I see my friends (especially male friends) sharing their mental health struggles and reaching out, the more inclined I am to do the same.” He proceeded to talk of his own struggles with depression.

Scrolling just a few posts later, a friend in southeast Alabama shared a post from a veteran’s page listing phone numbers to specific helplines – suicide, eating disorder, addiction, transgender suicide, domestic violence, etc.

These posts reminded me of something that has been on my mind recently regarding authenticity and social media, especially as it relates to mental health.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve seen previous posts about mental health and my personal struggles with depression. A lot of the past five-ish years have been rough, and earlier this year, it got really bad again.

Lately, I’ve actually been in a pretty good head space. I’m fully aware that things could change for the worse at any moment, but I’m enjoying the good days while they’re here and appreciating them. Gotta say, it’s nice. And I hope my friends are able to get to a better head space soon.

Another thing that I discuss on this blog periodically are my thoughts on authenticity, and this one photo has been popping into my head recently. The photo and my thoughts surrounding it, along with the posts mentioned above, made me think I should finally take a few minutes to put these thoughts on paper – or the digital equivalent.

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That photo was taken almost three years ago now – Christmas night 2016. After the family gathering during the day, I went over to hang out with some friends. Good times. A great way to end the holiday – laughter and friendship.

What that photo doesn’t tell you is that in that same night, just a little bit prior to that photo being taken, I had a full-on crying fit breakdown in that very kitchen in front of those very people.

That photo doesn’t show that I was in a deep depression at the time. It doesn’t reveal how I spilled it all about how I didn’t want to live, while one of my friends wrapped their arms around me and held me.

We have a tendency to post the good times and not the bad, and hey, I encourage you all to definitely celebrate the good times. Post away! But I also think it’s important once in a while to remind ourselves that much of what we’re seeing is fake. It’s a pretty facade that covers the despair.

I think it’s natural for us to compare our lives to what we’re seeing, even unconsciously, but again, much of what we see is not real, or at least not the whole story.

I know that not everyone feels comfortable being public about their struggles, and that’s OK. If you’re able to “fight in the open,” go for it. If you’re not at a place where you feel comfortable doing so, reach out to a close friend. Or hey, there’s a contact form on this website – I’ll email you back.

Bottom line: remember that much of social media is fake; you are loved; and check on your friends (yes, even your strong friends.) This time of year is difficult for a lot of people. And I’m sure they will appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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Nov. 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

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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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This should be a fun shoot. #halloween #hauntedhouse

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