Photos and Rock show

32289548_2044278965792547_5910716198705692672_nTomorrow (Saturday, May 19) is the next Barrens show. We’re joining Skeptic? from Birmingham and the Abusements at Bomber’s Pub. This show is another addition to the Against the Grain music series. Details here.

In other news, photos from this month’s Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are posted. Click here for those.

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‘Translation’ is up!

Last year, writer/director Royce Williams discussed shooting a horror/thriller short with a voodoo aspect to it, and he talked to me about being cinematographer for it. It’s now public and available for viewing. Check it out on YouTube.

(When you get to the credits, you might recognize another name. The score you hear throughout the film was done by Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films, who scored both Death to the World and Spiritus. If you haven’t heard his new album Portal, then be sure to check that out on his Bandcamp. It’s really good.)

It's a wrap! #translationfilm #setlife #shortfilm #alabamafilm #directorlife

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DCSF lineup, ‘Concubineapple’ and… Murder?

[Cue dramatic sound effect]

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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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.

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…)

Farewell, Seville

16123149_439246523073163_3870630364015755264_nI had been talking to some filmmaker friends of mine about doing some live session videos, and last year – January 2016 – we started production.

Prior to production, though, I had been thinking a lot about location. What had a nice and interesting aesthetic? What positively showcased themes of “local” and “art” and “color”? And then it hit me – Seville Beauty & Barber Shop in the Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery.

So I contacted my friend Jen Powell at Seville. I told her the idea of a live performance filmed with multiple camera angles, and she responded with enthusiastic support.

And on May 23, 2016, the “Live at Seville” EP was released.

Yesterday, Seville announced on Facebook that they would be closing as of March 1, 2018.

The comments and shares underscore what this place meant to the Montgomery community. It will be missed.

And while I know that the talents of the staff will lead them to more opportunities and new beginnings, I am thankful that Jen (and Malerie Bussell) allowed us (with the help of filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester K. Folks) to capture part of the essence and aesthetic of Seville on camera, even with five sad songs.

Thank you.

See the entire playlist on YouTube.