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!
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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.