‘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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Social media is weird

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From a Quad-City Times article (linked below)

Social media is weird, and I think sometimes it’s weird because each person uses it in a very unique way. Of course, not knowing someone else’s thought processes through open communication makes it even murkier to attempt to understand motives behind actions.

For me, if I take the time to block someone on social media, it’s simply because I don’t want that person in my life anymore. In general, it’s because I’ve been hurt by the person, or sometimes it’s because of a close association with someone who has hurt me. It’s very personal. (And very rare.)

Unfriending is a little easier by comparison, I think. I’ve unfriended people because of their posts. (I don’t tolerate racism, y’all. If I see it, you’re gone. In fact, if you’re racist, go ahead and unfriend me to save me the trouble.)

I’ve also been blocked and unfriended by some people. Some of those people are shitty human beings. Some of them are good people. I’m not perfect, and I sure as hell can’t please everyone. I’ve made mistakes.

I was recently unfriended by someone, but I think that person only added me in the first place to spy. Weird. I didn’t realize that until way after the fact because I was not privy to a certain situation at the time. (Apologies for that sounding so vague, but I’m not here to put other people’s business out there.)

I was also recently blocked by someone. That’s where this whole seemingly-blathering, long-ass intro has been leading to.

The person that blocked me was never on my friends list. We have mutual friends. This person has a reputation for being a good person. I don’t know that we’ve had more than one small interaction ever. I have no idea what this person heard or has been told… but I get it.

I get it.

I’ve had a somewhat similar experience to what this person is going through. That person was done wrong by someone. A couple of people actually. People acting selfishly, with total disregard to how others would be affected by their actions.

Without knowing the specific details of that person’s mindset, I can still understand getting blocked because I’ve done it. I’ve been there. I’ve been hurt, and that pain doesn’t just stop with one person – it gets spread around to acquaintances and strangers and even people we once thought friends who turn their backs.

Social media is weird because emotions are weird and people are weird and this whole planet sometimes seems way-fucking-batshit-out-there.

And a lot of people are hurting and struggling and just trying to make it through the day. Full disclosure: lately I’ve been one of them.

Recently, I’ve seen some billboards around that simply say “just be kind.” (Here’s an article I found about those.)

I try to be kind. I try to make sure that I act in kindness. I make a conscious effort. I still fuck up. But I try.

For that stranger who blocked me, even though they’ll most likely never see this – I’m sorry. The pain sucks. I hope it gets better soon.

And a reminder for all of us:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

― Socrates

‘The Way Forward’ + show + updates

Me, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Tonya Scott Williams, March 28, 2019.

(L to R) Me, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Tonya Scott Williams, March 28, 2019. (Not pictured: Royce Williams.) Photo from AISJ Facebook page.

Last year, I had the opportunity to begin working on a documentary project telling the story of the Alabama Institute for Social Justice. I served as Director of Photography on the project and worked with C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams under the direction of Tonya Scott Williams.

Last Thursday, the organization debuted the short film at their Racial Healing and Reconciliation event. You can see it here:

In other news…

Barrens has been in the studio lately. We’re tracking at Headless Dinosaur Recording (the same studio that recorded Hail the Titans’ “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” album.)

To see/hear some pics and teaser clips, be sure to follow our Instagram: @barrensmusic

We’re also playing at Bomber’s Pub in Montgomery this Saturday with V8 Death Car and the McRyatts.

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And yet still in other news…

I hope to be able to announce soon details of another documentary project, and I’ll be acting in a short film soon as well. So more news to come on those fronts.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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‘This Barren Land’ single out today!

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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.

-Josh

 

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.

Now – late Oct. 2018 update

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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.

Now – Aug. 2018 update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, so here’s another “now” post… Here’s some background info on where the “now” thing came from.

Along with normal life and work stuff, I’m currently working on two documentary film projects, writing and recording music with Barrens, still working on a new solo album as time permits (time? what is that, right?) and I’m gearing up for a music video and photo shoot, and working on a script for another music video.

I recently helped C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions with a promo video, and I directed another promo video for hip-hop artist/actor Pro Status under the Terrible Master Films banner.

I also got to see Manchester Orchestra, (Sandy) Alex G, and Kevin Devine with some friends last week. That was a great show.

The best way to keep up with all of that (other than signing up your email to follow this blog for detailed updates… which would be cool) is via social media. I tend to use Instagram more than others, but I’m also on Facebook and Twitter. Hit me up. I’d love to hear from you.

Much love.

‘Spiritus’ DVD and Barrens hit Bham

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On June 1, the producers of the feature horror film Spiritus launched an IndieGoGo campaign to take pre-orders for the DVD. (Full disclosure: As a member of Foolish Henry Films, I am one of said producers. I also served as 1st AD on the project and played the role of “Greg Hines” in the film.)

The film is written and directed by L.C. Holt, who is known for acting in horror films such as You’re Next and V/H/S 2. By pre-ordering your copy of Spiritus through IndieGoGo, you’ll receive extra perks that are only available through the campaign. See the video below for more:

Click here to place your order! The campaign only runs during the month of June.

In other news, Barrens is hitting the road this Saturday, joining Skeptic?, Abusements, and The Goddamn Rights in Birmingham, AL. We’ll be at Brennan’s Irish Pub. Show starts at 9pm. Details here. Or hear the details straight from Mr. Wolfman:

‘Commit to the Song’ debut

Last night felt great. I’m not sure how else to really say it other than that. I think all artists desire for their work to connect with others, and the feedback, crowd response, laughter, and tears from last night’s hometown screening of my new documentary felt great.

Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull made its first public debut at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery last night.

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Specially made for the event by Liger’s Bakery.

I want to thank the people that made this screening happen: Sandra Nickel, Don and Glenda Armstrong, George Jacobsen, Will O’Connor, John G. Veres III, Johnny and Beth Veres, Sarah Thornton, Melaine Bennett, Greg Thornton, the Cloverdale Playhouse staff, the Capri Theatre staff, and Liger’s Bakery who helped cater the reception.

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the film, and I appreciate all the kind words and feedback on it.

I’m still processing parts of it, honestly. There were family members of the film’s namesake in attendance – traveling from other states (FL, GA, NC) to see this film in Montgomery, AL on a Tuesday evening. And to hear what it meant to them was very touching.

My friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who is one of the stars of the film, said this:

“It will make you laugh, cry and cheer, also teach you about believing in something bigger than yourself and what is possible if you do good things for good reasons.”

I hope other audiences will connect with it and get that same sentiment out of it.

Many thanks to the Alabama News Network for covering the event. Read their article: “Documentary Honoring Legacy of Local Musician Community

Upcoming screenings:

March 3 – Florence, AL – George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. (Screening at 11 a.m.)

March 10 – Dothan, AL – Featured Players Cabaret. (Screening at 8 p.m., followed by musical performance.)

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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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Film and tacos… kinda

Just a few quick updates here…

One of my tweets ended up on the Montgomery Advertiser in a story about a candlelight vigil for a Taco Bell that burned down recently.

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This weekend also signals the return of the Montgomery Film Festival. Check out more about the festival and the films that will show on their website.

They are also bringing back their famous intermission with fake advertisements. (Here’s a link to the one my friend Royce Williams and I submitted last year. Warning: language NSFW.)

Also, festival director Anton Jackson was busy working on the new “Capital Carnage” spot this weekend:

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And in other film festival news, my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.

More news coming soon. Thanks for reading!