One year of ‘Commit to the Song’

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Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull, my first feature-length documentary, has been available publicly for an entire year now! In light of this, I want to say something:

Thank you!

To everyone who has rented or purchased it, thank you. To everyone who has taken the time to write a review, thank you. To the people who agreed to be interviewed on camera in order for this to happen, thank you.

If you haven’t yet seen the film, it’s on Amazon. And the event the film is based on continues to this day and is part of the Cloverdale Playhouse‘s upcoming 2020 season.

And one of the stars of the film – Robert “Bubba” Hall – is continuing the spirit of the film by hosting Commit to the Song “SongRighters” series aaaaaannnnndddd…. he even made some t-shirts. I purchased one a while back from him, and he went all-out, getting the highest quality shirt he could find. You can purchase one from him here. (It’s the shirt I wore when BARRENS performed for the Montgomery Advertiser, as seen below.)

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Photo by Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser.

So again, thank you. And if you haven’t seen the film, check it out and leave a review.

Much love.

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CloverJam 2019

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On Saturday, Royce Williams (producer, Remembering Anarcha) and I headed out to CloverJam in Montgomery’s Cloverdale area to test out some camera gear. We figured it would be a good area to shoot some video, especially with it being a street party.

Anyway, I put this video together with footage from the event, and I decided to use a BARRENS track for the music in it because, well, why not? So check out the video footage set to the song “Stay” from the album <Content>Obsolete.

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RSVP, Munchie, and more!

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Many thanks to RSVP Magazine for including me on “The List” for their Sept/Oct issue!

Read the article here.

You’ll also see my friend Charles Williams of Lush Photography on there. He did the producer headshots for the Remembering Anarcha team (myself, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Royce Williams.)

In other news, I spent this past weekend in Alex City, AL helping on a film project. It’s a short horror film called The Munchie II, written and directed by Cedric Hatcher. I was a gaffer on this project, mainly, but I also helped as 2nd AC and boom op when needed, and they even let me be camera op on one scene. Great cast and crew. Fun times.

Aaaaaand… tomorrow (Friday the 13th!) BARRENS is playing with Abusements and the Chodes (from Panama City, FL) at Bomber’s Pub. Details here.

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‘Jumper’ – music video and live version!

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.

Also…

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.

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Preview more snippets from <content>obsolete below:

Jumper… and lots more!

 

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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!

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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.

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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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‘Have you ever felt… unclean?’

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.

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And shout out to Charles Williams from Lush Photography for the new head shot:

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Songs you’ll hear and songs you won’t

Here are some quick updates on some stuff and some things. Stuff and things, folks. Stuff and things.

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The Song You’ll Never Hear is a short film written and directed by Stephen Poff. I play “Ralph” the bartender. The old Hail the Titans van makes an appearance. And… it’s debuting this Saturday – July 20 – as part of the Montgomery Film Festival (which is held at the Capri Theatre.)

Check out write-ups on the film in The Montgomery Advertiser, RSVP Magazine, and ALMetro360.

Now on to songs you’ll actually be able to hear soon:

BARRENS has a new album coming out soon called <content>obsolete and the cover art, by artist April Allen, has been unveiled (along with a sneak peek of the song “Shut Up Peaches”):

In other news, Pinocchio opens tonight at the Cloverdale Playhouse and runs through July 28. I got a preview of the show earlier this week while photographing it, and it’s really good. You’ll definitely want to catch it.

Here’s the promo video I helped director C. DeWayne Cunningham create for it:

And… a short film I was in earlier this year  – Secret Weapon by writer/director Christopher Hubbard – is an official selection in the Lanett City Film Festival!

Also, since I mentioned the Montgomery Film Festival earlier, they will have their infamous intermission again this year. I got to act in a couple of the fake ads they’ll be playing, so be sure to catch that as well.

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On the Long Road Home

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.

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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.

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Quick update – June 2019

 

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Hey everyone, just wanted to give some quick updates on things. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you might already know what’s been keeping me busy, but if not, here’s what’s been up:

I’ve worked with a number of talented filmmakers and actors on a few projects, including a public service type of ad, two fake ads that we’re hoping will be part of this year’s Montgomery Film Festival intermission, a short film, and continued work on a documentary project I hope to be able to provide more details on soon.

(Speaking of the Montgomery Film Festival, if you haven’t seen the two fake ads from the past couple of years that I was involved with, check out the “FudgeIt Auto Sales” videos at the bottom of this post… language is NSFW.)

In Barrens news, our album is currently in the mixing stages at Headless Dinosaur Recording. (That was the studio where Hail the Titans recorded Hymns of Mare Nostrum.)

That’s it for now. As always, thanks for reading.