Part 2 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is out!

On July 15, Towering Above released the first single and music video for our upcoming album The Bleak, and today, part 2 of the trilogy dropped!

Check out the continuation of the story and the song “How To Abandon Ship”! (If you haven’t seen part 1: “A Certainty,” be sure to check that out first.)

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Featuring:
Chris Eckels
Jacob Lee
Raina Scudder (Eaton)
Katie Walden
Amber Moody
C. DeWayne Cunningham
and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.

Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. (also mentioned above) – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.) And thanks to the Cloverdale Playhouse for helping us with such a perfect location for this!

I would have posted earlier today, but, like last time, I was on set working on a feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!

Much love!

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Aight… good news and bad news…

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first…

That show that I talked about in my last post, the one schedule for this Friday with Towering Above, The Cancellations, and Abusements… it’s canceled. Yep… a bunch of people have tested positive for COVID – the ‘Rona strikes again. Hopefully everyone involved has a speedy recovery.

So with that sadness out of the way, let’s turn to some good news!

This coming Tuesday, June 21 will mark the 101st installment of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse.

The Montgomery Advertiser ran an article about it – click here to read it – and in that article, they talk about the origins of the event and about the documentary film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull (available on Amazon and Tubi.)

So, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go check that out, and be sure to come to the Cloverdale Playhouse on Tuesday to see Megan Kuehner, Sonia Tetlow, and Senorita Awesome (all pictured below.)

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March 2022 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Photos from last night’s St. Patrick’s Day themed Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page.

And if you haven’t yet seen the documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull that chronicles the history of this event, it’s available on Amazon. (Leave a review! We’d love to hear what you think of it!)

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‘Carry the Wounds’…iversary?, videos, updates, stuff, things…

It’s been two whole years (like official years, not pandemic years where we can’t tell one from another anymore) since Carry the Wounds was released. Some friends and I worked on a music video for the song “Liquid Heart,” the release show was a lot of fun, and then Covid shut everything down a week or so later.

Then, with everything shut down, I decided to try to make another video by myself for the title track because, hey, why not, right? I put “quarantine” in the description since, like many others at the time, I was a little behind on the whole haircut thing.

And then my band, Towering Above, started work on an acoustic EP since we couldn’t get up to practice and playing shows was out of the question for a good while. (Wait… there are no drums on it, and I’m just the drummer… hey!)

Speaking of Towering Above, our new album is in the mixing stages. Shhhhh…. that’s a secret, k? And we’re currently working on some music videos for it… and they get kinda weird, so I’ll talk more about that as things progress.

OK, so what else…? Oh! My friend Megan T. Kuehner put out a new EP a couple of days ago called The Truth. It’s really good; give it a listen. A couple of months ago, I directed a couple of live videos in advance of the EP release. We filmed these at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. (Many thanks to the Playhouse staff!)

Ooh, also released this past Friday was the new Spirit Guardian album titled Seasick. Spirit Guardian is a project by Jeremy Aitken, a good friend of mine and former bandmate from years ago (we were in a band called Easy Kiddo.) If that name sounds more recently familiar, it’s probably because we collaborated on a song called “Promises” that I blogged about last month. Anyway, give Seasick a listen. It’s really good! (And if you’re wondering who did the awesome album cover, that would be his super talented wife, Gloria. Check out her art here.)

And, since we’re talking about music and videos, and since those are types of art, it makes sense to talk about the month of March being Arts Education Month. Last month, the Alabama Arts Alliance tapped Terrible Master Films to put together a video for the occasion. I directed the video with help from my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and my friend Jeff McKinney of Early Riser Films. Special thanks to the educators and students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Alabama State University for being part of it!

I think that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, not punching me in the face, etc. Much love! Oh, and like, subscribe, follow… you know… all the things you do on social media. Thanks!

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Megan T. Kuehner ‘Golden Girl’ live music video

This is the second live video for Megan. The first is here.

This is another TMF-produced video that was filmed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. This is the second live recording for Megan T. Kuehner, whose new EP “The Truth” will be out March 11.

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Megan T. Kuehner ‘Whatever’ music video

Last month I mentioned that I had worked on a couple of videos for my friend Megan Kuehner. The first of those – “Whatever” – is out now. Her EP “The Truth” comes out March 11.

This TMF-produced video was filmed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. This is one of two live recordings (the other coming soon – her new EP “The Truth” will be out March 11.)

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Live this Saturday – Jan. 22, 2022!

Haven’t blogged in a month; lots going on behind the scenes, buuuuuuut, I wanted to make sure to do a quick post about the upcoming show this Saturday!

Towering Above is joining Grasping at Pieces and new band Venusville (their debut) at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery, AL. Doors open at 7:30, showtime at 8. It’s $10 at the door, and it’s all ages, so feel free to bring the kids so they can get inspired to be broke musicians like the rest of us! But for real, click attending on the Facebook event (and then actually attend! It’ll be fun!)

In other news… Towering Above has been working on music videos for the next album (which is still in process.) We shot one video in December and one this past Saturday. I’ve been directing, but I have to give a special shout out to my First Assistant Director C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) and Director of Photography Stephen Poff (Body Thief Films.) Their dedication to this project has been absolutely crucial to making it happen, and I can’t thank them enough. Also, lead actors Sean Golson and Jeff McKinney have been absolutely killing it. And many thanks to the other actors that have helped us make these projects happen; their dedication has been amazing, and we appreciate it!

Also, I recently worked on a project for my friend, singer-songwriter Megan T. Kuehner. She’s got a new EP coming out March 11 called “The Truth,” and I recently captured a couple of live performances (at the Cloverdale Playhouse; many thanks to the staff there!) Be sure to follow her for updates.

You might remember Megan (formerly McMillan) from a video I directed a few years back for a song called “Things that Change.” You can see it here.

OK… that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, listening, subscribing, following, etc. Please keep in touch. Much love!

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American Songwriter magazine features the Electric Blue Yonder ‘Mourning Sounds’ video

Earlier this year, Johnny and Beth from Electric Blue Yonder contacted me about directing a music video utilizing the set for a play called The Quality of Life that was at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL.

That video, the title track for their newly-released album Mourning Sounds, is embedded at the end of an American Songwriter article that features a song-by-song review of the album.

The video is a Terrible Master Films production, in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

Credits:
1st Assistant Director and Producer – C. DeWayne Cunningham
Gaffer and Producer – Jeff McKinney
Grip – Ahsen Bilal
Production Assistant – Anne Penrose Folkes

Special thanks to Sarah Thornton and the Cloverdale Playhouse. Additional footage provided by Irby Pace.