I was invited to an event recently put on by the Alabama Indigenous Coalition. On October 14, the holiday known by the state of Alabama officially as “Columbus Day/American Indian Heritage Day/Fraternal Day,” the Coalition held a “Call to Action Rally and Info Session to Abolish Columbus Day.”
The event was held in 1977 Books, located in Kress on Dexter, and was followed by a march to the State Capitol and a smudging ceremony.
I decided to film some footage and a couple of interviews while attending the event, and I’ve put together a short documentary film about the event, titled in·dig·e·nous.
The film can be seen on YouTube.
A photographer with the Montgomery Advertiser was there as well. They published some photos here. (I look like I’m about to get hit by a car in one of them 🙂)
Thanks for reading/watching.
The debut album by BARRENS – <content>obsolete – is out now on your favorite streaming platforms.
Check it out on: Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify, or YouTube.
Release show is tonight! Details here.
The official music video for “Jumper” by BARRENS is out today! Check it out!
Check out my previous post for more information on the video.
We recently stopped by Lisenby’s Music Shop in Prattville, AL to be part of an event with the Montgomery Advertiser. That story is online now.
Read: “Barrens bringing ‘Content Obsolete’ downtown Friday”
And… the album obsolete is out this Friday. We’re having a release show at Commerce Beerworks with our friends in V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder. Info here.
Preview more snippets from <content>obsolete below:
Last weekend, a music video was filmed for the song “Jumper” by Barrens. As with any film project, it was a group effort, and I want to take a moment to thank the folks who helped us out:
Thanks to my fellow band members – J. Slickwood and Clay Smith – for supporting my vision as director. Many thanks to my friends Jeff McKinney and C. DeWayne Cunningham for coming through as assistant director and assistant camera.
Special thanks to the stars of the video – Greg Loggins and V. Serrano. Y’all did a wonderful job.
Thanks to Johnny and Beth Veres and James Weddle for providing locations for the shoot. Y’all be sure to check out Johnny and Beth’s band Electric Blue Yonder and go get some food and beer at Goat Haus Biergarten. (Ooh, their weekend brunch, y’all… so good.)
Thanks to Yvette Hochberg and Glenn Grant for helping us out with props for the shoot. Thanks to Sharon Sanders for coming through for us at the last minute, to Rod Williams for helping us get in the last location, and to Lou Wood for helping out on set.
On behalf of Barrens and Terrible Master Films, thank you all!
Now, since I mentioned Electric Blue Yonder, that happens to be one of the bands – along with our buds in V-8 Death Car – that will be performing with us at our album release show on Friday, Aug. 16. That’s coming up at Commerce Beerworks. Click here to see the Facebook event.
In film news, the Foolish Henry Films short Bad Deal, by writer/director Shane Gillis, is premiering at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham this month. It’s in the “Alabama Narratives” short film block on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4:55 p.m. See the full schedule here.
The writer/director of The Song You’ll Never Hear – Stephen Poff – has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise film festival submission funds. (Any indie filmmaker will tell you – those get expensive.) You can see the campaign and take a look at the perks here.
And Secret Weapon from writer/director Christopher S. Hubbard will be part of the Lanett City Film Festival and the Central Florida Film Festival this year, so congrats to him and the entire cast and crew on that!
And… check out some new music and video performances from my friends in the Abusements and The Last Thing You Remember, courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser. Links to those below:
“Punk rock child care: Hanging out with Abusements’ ‘Uncle Dude’”
“Facing mortality with originality: The Last Thing You Remember’s ‘Home’”
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Some of the videos linked on this post may be in the NSFW category due to language. Just a heads up. I mean… they’re funny though.
The title of this post is a line from one of the spots that aired during the Montgomery Film Fest X intermission, which is now online:
I got to be in a couple of those spots – the one this post title comes from is for Autumn’s Dusk. The extended version of that spot is on YouTube.
The Christian Mingle X parody is on the Terrible Master Films YouTube channel.
Also, I helped out writer/director Sharisma Bell in the audio department on her web series Adulthood Cancelled. She held a special screening party for the first two episodes recently. Check out the YouTube channel for that. Here’s the first episode:
And in music news…
BARRENS has announced a release date for <content>obsolete. The album will be released on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, and that night, we’ll be joining V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder at Commerce Beerworks to celebrate! Here’s the Facebook event.
And shout out to Charles Williams from Lush Photography for the new head shot:
Years ago, I was in a band called Marsellus with my friend Dillon Fiore. We went through probably seven or eight drummers over the years, but Dillon and I kept going for quite a while.
We recorded a three-song EP, followed by an album titled “Our Name in Lights.” There was one song, however, that we never got a chance to record – until last year.
In 2018, Dillon and I went into the Jackelope Studio in Birmingham, AL, with drummer Timothy Stanton and engineer Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) to record a song called “Trouble.”
It is now available on all digital platforms – Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, etc.
Also, I shot some footage while we were in the studio and put together a music video for it:
Also, if you want to catch up on the previous releases, they’re all on YouTube:
I didn’t have a title for this post, but “On the Long Road Home” happens to be the song I’m listening to at the moment by a band called The End of the Ocean, so I figured I’d use it for this.
The Black Warrior Songwriters Festival was fun! Many thanks to Megan and Jarrod McMillan, Matt and Nikki Ray from Eat My Beats (who, along with being one of the many wonderful sponsors of the festival, also kept me from being homeless for the weekend.) I got to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones. Always a good time.
Photo by Todd Souvignier of Abusements.
Other quick news:
BARRENS guitarist “J. Slickwood” is releasing a limited number of Gut Munchers DVDs. I play “Vince,” and BARRENS bassist Clay Smith plays “Buck.” Click here to order.
In film news, Stephen Poff’s short film The Song You’ll Never Hear will screen at this year’s Montgomery Film Festival (which is July 20.) That was a fun project to work on. I play “Ralph” the bartender in that one. Congrats to the cast and crew!
Photos from last week’s Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page.
My next acoustic shows are coming up July 5 and 6. I’ll be returning to Goat Haus Biergarten in Montgomery both nights.
More announcements coming soon. Thanks for reading! Much love! Subscribe to this blog below:
This coming weekend is the 2019 Black Warrior Songwriters Festival in Tuscaloosa!
I’m scheduled for three performances, as seen in the image above. Be sure to check out the list of artists and the full schedule.
Also… I’ve got a cameo in this video that features some footage from last year’s festival:
And speaking of songwriter’s events, if you haven’t seen Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull yet, it’s available for rent and purchase on Amazon. Click here to check that out, and leave a review – I’d love to hear your thoughts.