In August 2016, I began work on a documentary film project, and I am happy to announce its completion!
There is a monthly music event here in Montgomery that I have regularly posted about and photographed for quite a while now – the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The more I was around, the more I would hear stories about how it all began, and I thought it was an interesting story to tell, which led to my new feature film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull and the following tagline:
“A true story of music, inspiration, death, amputation, and legacy.”
Many thanks to the film’s stars – Robert “Bubba” Hall, Jonathan Tew, Gini Thomas, Greg Thornton, Michael Thornton, Sarah Thornton, and Mike Winkelman – for their time and support, and thanks also to all the musicians who allowed me to document their performances and everyone who contributed info, photos, encouragement, etc.
I’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks. Follow this blog via email for updates, and connect with me and Terrible Master Films on social media.
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Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:
- I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
- Witchchord and Pleasant Valley are playing at the Sanctuary. Details here.
Pick a show and go. Of course, I’d love for you to pick my show, but I’m friends with the folks playing the other show, so pick one and go. Just don’t stay home tonight.
As I said in my last post, one of the guys in Witchchord happens to be Mr. Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films. (Full disclosure: I am FHF’s PR Director.)
Anyway, FHF is a co-producer on the film Spiritus, written and directed by LC Holt, and Shane happens to be the score composer, and he recently released it on Bandcamp.
Shane also directed the recent short film Bad Deal that’s currently in post-production. Director of Photography – the man, the myth, the legend himself – Mr. Joe Walker sent a still image from the film featuring the character of “Jody” played by Mike Cunliffe. It’s already looking awesome.
This Thursday, I’m performing at Against the Grain with Hello Crescendo, a band from Pensacola who is described as “progressive, psychedelic, indie rock.” 8:30 pm. $5.
Also this Thursday, Witchchord is playing with Pleasant Valley at the Sanctuary. 9 pm. $5. One of the Witchchord members is Shane Gillis, director of Bad Deal, a short film that went into production this past weekend.
Bad Deal is the new Foolish Henry Films production (the folks that brought you Death to the World, City Federal, and joined together with Buck’s Row to produce Spiritus.) In Bad Deal, along with being a producer, I played a character named “Rodney” and helped with still photography. (Search the hashtags #baddealfilm and #baddealshortfilm on social media for behind-the-scenes photos.)
A character named “Chris” was played by C. DeWayne Cunningham (of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), who has just released his newest short film The Final Contract.
Follow this blog via email for updates, and be sure to connect with me on social media. Thanks for reading. Much love.
…and yes, I’m a couple of days late on posting this blog update, but here’s the link directly to the album on Facebook: click here.
Joseph O. Patton of the Capital City Free Press took time to review the Live at Seville EP. Along with calling the it “endearingly personal and a fulfilling experience for listeners,” he goes on to say:
What I’ve always enjoyed most about Carples’ work is his fiercely independent spirit, crafting the songs and stories he wants to tell, and that musical trademark is readily showcased through these five songs.
Read the entire review here.
The “Live at Seville” EP is out today! Find it on your favorite platform – iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. And the live performances are on YouTube. It’s live, raw, emotional, imperfect. I think it was my friend Bubba Hall that used the phrase “psychological nudity” to describe what we do, and I think that’s fitting.
The videos are a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions / Terrible Master Films collaboration, directed and edited by C. DeWayne Cunningham. He and Sylvester K. Folks ran cameras.
Special thanks to them, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this happen!
No Country for New Nashville calls Brineaboy’s “Unalienable” music video “powerful,” says some other nice things about the video and the band, and even includes a quote from me in the article.
Read it here.
The Live at Seville EP comes out next Tuesday, but Chasing-Sky.com has an exclusive first look at one of the full videos from the EP – the song “Postmark.”
Along with the video, there is a review of the EP, which is where the title of this blog post came from.
You can wade as deep as you want in the pensiveness of the songs or use them as a sweet distraction from your own set of woes. A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully.
Read the full review and see the “Postmark” video here.
Again, many thanks to C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), Sylvester K. Folks, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this project happen, and thanks to Mary at Chasing-Sky.com for taking the time to write about it.