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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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.
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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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The music video I directed for Megan McMillan was released this morning! Check it out below:
Thanks to Jake Maben, Kandy Shoults, Jarrod McMillan, Dwight and Pat Hutson, Jamie and Barbara Terry, Eric Hull and Black Warrior Brewing Company, and Royce Williams for helping make this happen.
The song was produced Shawn Byrne at Great Hill Studio in Nashville, TN. Video produced by Terrible Master Films.
Her full album will be released Oct. 17, 2018.
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.
Photo credit: Britt Powell, April 2018.
This upcoming day of Frige – July 27 – in the year of our lord 2018, whether there be clear skies or rain, as the light of the evening turns to dusk followed by nightfall, I shall be standing with ye acoustic guitar, performing sadness in song form at Goat Haus Biergarten in Montgomery, AL. 7:30 postmeridian. Details.
Rambling #1 – I find interesting the use of days named after various gods that make up our seven-day week combined with the use of the Christian “A.D.” (And yes, I am also familiar with B.C.E. and C.E., but it’s interesting nonetheless.) Language and culture are funny things sometimes.
Rambling #2 – I feel like it’s taking me forever to record a new album (note to self: because it is.) I’ve been working on it for a while, and I have one song that is complete – mixed and mastered – but the others are taking a while. And in the meantime, I’m trying to work on new songs – one of which I may perform this Friday – along with some film projects that are in progress.
Rambling #3 – This is too many ramblings.
I hope to see you this Friday.