Tomorrow (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.
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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.
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.)
Well @chaswmsii & I braved the storm so could be here on Saturday April 14, 2018 for @barrensmusic very 1st live show ever!!! 1Time for Jason, Clay & My Shooter @joshcarples!! . . #rockshow #sinusinfection #truestory #music #live #liveperformance #livemusic #montgomery #alabama #mgm #mymgm #TMF #LUSH #CJSV
As 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.
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:
I’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.
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.
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”
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.)
Congratulations to My Shooter, The Great & Powerful @joshcarples of @TerribleMasterFilms for a successful screening. "Commit To The Song" was an amazing look at the history of The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at @CloverdalePlayhouse. I am very proud of you My Brother, continue to Be GREAT by doing what makes you HAPPY. #HLT . . . #TMF #committothesong #indie #film #documentary #feature #FilmLife #SetLife #montgomery #alabama #mgm #mymgm #exploremgm #gump #thegump #music #musician #production #capri
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.
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:
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!
… on the Facebook page.
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.
Thanks for reading!
I recently took a trip down to Atmore, AL to shoot some footage for Big Escambia Spirits in anticipation for the launch of their newest product – Dettling Bourbon. They handle every part of the process – from getting their corn locally in Escambia County to each stage through bottling.
I directed this spot (produced by Terrible Master Films) which they posted publicly today:
Got corn in my shoes and pants today. Check out the new @big_escambia_spirits product "Dettling Bourbon," which will be hitting shelves soon! It is the first bourbon 100% made in Alabama. #bourbon #whiskey #bigescambiaspirits #dettlingbourbon #spirits #craftbourbon #madeinalabama #alabama #atmore #escambia #escambiacounty #goodstuff #fieldtobottle