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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The Sept. 2020 Guitar Pull

Because you are reading this on the internet, it’s a safe assumption that you are not living under some deserted rock and are aware that the world is super weird and all pandemic-y right now, but alas, good people! I bring you a glimmer of hope!

OK, for real, since COVID showed up, the Cloverdale Playhouse has still been trying to make the Guitar Pull happen as best and safely as possible. The last couple or so have been livestreamed from each individual artist’s home. Of course, livestreaming has it’s own set of difficulties with quality, internet speeds, lag, etc.

So… for the event tomorrow night, it will be on their website, but it was pre-recorded yesterday in the Playhouse courtyard area. We wore masks during setup, kept our distance, and had a great time. It felt good to be back, even with the different format and our audience being the crew and a camera.

Photo by Cloverdale Playhouse Artistic Director Sarah Thornton.

Click here to visit the September 2020 Guitar Pull page. The event will be shown at 7pm tomorrow. Oh, also, I debut a new song and talk about playing a serial killer in a film (again… I know, I know – why am I so scary and murder-y and stuff?)

Anyway, as you can see in the promo image above, I got to share the stage with the talents of Cameron DuBois and Adam Powell. It was fun, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

If you are unfamiliar with this event, my first feature documentary chronicles the event’s history. Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is available on Amazon and the trailer is below:

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the event tomorrow night. Much love!

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Six years to the day

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Facebook memories reminded me that six years ago today, I performed at the Cloverdale Playhouse for the first time as part of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull. Yep, Nov. 19, 2013.

(Related – it happens to be the third Tuesday, and there is a ‘Pull’ tonight. You should go.)

I think that was the first time I ever stepped foot into the Playhouse, and if you’re a regular reader of this blog or follow me on social media, you know it wasn’t the last.

I never thought six years ago that this event would be the subject of my first feature-length film as director. I never would have thought that I’d have created so many memories, taken so many photos, helped film promo videos for productions.

I’m reminded of what Mike Winkelman said in Commit to the Song, “One of the things I love about this place is everybody’s welcome.”

Props to the staff, volunteers, and donors that keep that community theater going. It’s a great thing to have in Montgomery. Keep up the good work.

See y’all tonight!

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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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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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This Tuesday, March 19, 2019, I’ll be joining Katie Martin and Paul Garner at the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. It starts at 7pm, and the $10 entry includes complimentary beverage. [Facebook event here.]

Normally I’m photographing this event, but every once in a while, I end up on stage. I hope to see you there on Tuesday.

For anyone who may not know, this event and the history behind it inspired me to make the feature documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull, which is currently available for rent and purchase on Amazon.

Also, Robert “Bubba” Hall, who performed at the first event and is in the film, has recently started other songwriter events. For more information on what he’s up to, visit CommitToTheSong.com.

And in other songwriter news, coming up in June, I’ll be returning to Tuscaloosa as part of the 2019 Black Warrior Songwriters Festival.

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Nov. 1, 2018

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This past Thursday, I had some friends checking on me. On top of the public release of my first feature-length documentary and being on day 4 of a 6-day film shoot, this would have been my mother’s 75th birthday.

I picked that release date for Commit to the Song on purpose. Mom was always supportive of my art – standing in the front row of smoky bars, night clubs, and any venue where I was performing, or making sure to attend any film-related screenings or events that I was involved with. She would have been proud of this film.

So after completing day 4 of filming and going over the next day’s shot list with the director, I joined a number of friends for Mexican food and margaritas in celebration of Mom.

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Mom would have been 75 today. ❤️

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Thanks to all of you who have shown your friendship, love, and support and continue to do so. Thanks for the kind words on the film. Thanks for watching, and thanks for listening.

Much love.

Rent or purchase Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull on Amazon.

Now – late Oct. 2018 update

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For background on a “now” page, click here.

This weekend, I’m joining my friend Mike Slaten for a couple of shows in the Huntsville/Madison area:

Fri., Oct. 26 at Wish You Were Beer – Campus 805

Sat., Oct. 27 at Rocket City Craft Beer

Come hang out!

In other news, my documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull should be available for rent or purchase from Amazon on November 1. If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is:

Next week, I’m serving as Director of Photography for a short film, along with acting in one scene. Also, I’m working with C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams on two documentary projects – one is still filming and one is now in the early editing stages. And I helped both of them and writer/director Sharisma Bell recently with an upcoming web series they’re producing. More on all of those soon.

Also recently, I was part of a music and film panel that was sponsored by 21 Dreams Arts & Culture Collective as part of this year’s Flight of the Arts MGM. Many thanks to Kalonji Gilchrist and 21 Dreams for their work in promoting both art and artist.

The recent Barrens show with The Ghost of Daniel Pratt and The Goddamn Rights was a lot of fun. Next Barrens show is coming up Dec. 14. Here’s a clip of a new song:

I think that’s it for now. Thanks for reading.

‘I wrote you a letter, asked your best friend to send it…’

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OK, the title of this post is a lyric from the Foxing song “Rory,” but it’s what popped in my head when thinking about an article from Withal.com about handwritten letters. That article includes my friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who appears in Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull documentary.

Read the article here.

In other news, tomorrow – June 1 – writer/director L.C. Holt (You’re Next, V/H/S 2) and the Foolish Henry Films crew will begin a DVD pre-order campaign for the feature film Spiritus. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for details and links so you can get your copy.

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There are some other projects underway that I’ll talk about more as they progress. In the meantime, here’s a behind the scenes video of one in progress taken by C. DeWayne Cunningham on Instagram:

DCSF lineup, ‘Concubineapple’ and… Murder?

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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.

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In other news, Chris Eckels (bassist from Abusements) grabbed some video footage from the debut Barrens show last Saturday. Here’s the song “Concubineapple.”

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.)

Click here for those show details.

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