I had been talking to some filmmaker friends of mine about doing some live session videos, and last year – January 2016 – we started production.
Prior to production, though, I had been thinking a lot about location. What had a nice and interesting aesthetic? What positively showcased themes of “local” and “art” and “color”? And then it hit me – Seville Beauty & Barber Shop in the Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery.
So I contacted my friend Jen Powell at Seville. I told her the idea of a live performance filmed with multiple camera angles, and she responded with enthusiastic support.
The comments and shares underscore what this place meant to the Montgomery community. It will be missed.
And while I know that the talents of the staff will lead them to more opportunities and new beginnings, I am thankful that Jen (and Malerie Bussell) allowed us (with the help of filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester K. Folks) to capture part of the essence and aesthetic of Seville on camera, even with five sad songs.
Joseph O. Patton of the Capital City Free Press took time to review the Live at Seville EP. Along with calling the it “endearingly personal and a fulfilling experience for listeners,” he goes on to say:
What I’ve always enjoyed most about Carples’ work is his fiercely independent spirit, crafting the songs and stories he wants to tell, and that musical trademark is readily showcased through these five songs.
The “Live at Seville” EP is out today! Find it on your favorite platform – iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. And the live performances are on YouTube. It’s live, raw, emotional, imperfect. I think it was my friend Bubba Hall that used the phrase “psychological nudity” to describe what we do, and I think that’s fitting.
Again, many thanks to C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), Sylvester K. Folks, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this project happen, and thanks to Mary at Chasing-Sky.com for taking the time to write about it.