Montgomery Advertiser piece about ‘The Bleak’

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Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood recently talked with Montgomery Advertiser‘s Shannon Heupel about the band’s upcoming release, The Bleak, our music video trilogy, and our show this Saturday at the Sanctuary with Uncaste and [now] Duos Locos.

Read: “The future looks ‘Bleak’ for Towering Above

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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Montgomery Advertiser talks about this Saturday’s show, new album, and Postcard Living

Check out the Montgomery Advertiser article here.

Postcard Living is a side project from my friend and Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood. The first single, “So Long,” is out on streaming platforms everywhere now.

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News! Events! Stuff! Things!

With vaccines and stuff, it looks like things are slowly getting back to some sense of normalcy, which means… [drum roll] live music is picking up! [Insert crowd noise here.]

So yeah, my first public solo performance since my album release show in March 2020… about a week before everything went to shit… is coming up next month. I’ll be part of the “Garden Glow” series at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

The Montgomery Advertiser wrote about that series and the artists that will be performing. You can read that here. It starts this Friday, and there are four nights of music currently scheduled. (I’ll be joining Neal Lucas and my friend Megan McMillan on July 9… Speaking of Megan, here’s a music video I directed for her a few years back.

Next up is Towering Above. Our first public performance since the plague is set for July 17 at the Sanctuary. We’re joining One Like Son and Lonleysev. Details here.

And in Remembering Anarcha news…

The film got mentioned in the Washington Post last month:

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s available on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

‘Sweat’ tickets, ‘Remembering Anarcha’ and more

First things first – you should see “Sweat” at the Cloverdale Playhouse (it opens tonight!), and you should get your tickets soon. Tonight’s show is sold out. According to this Montgomery Advertiser article, “Early performances have sold out for this thought provoking American worker tale that runs Thursday through May 9, but you can still get in to see it”

“Set in Reading, Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2008, “Sweat” is a thought provoking look at the lives we build around ourselves. In this case, it deals with a group of unionized steel mill workers whose company is suddenly making changes. Between layoffs and picket lines, ordinary lives are suddenly caught in a war between community and capitalism.”

There’s strong language, by the way, so… you know… get a babysitter or something.

Remembering Anarcha pre-orders are still up on iTunes and Apple TV ahead of the May 4 wide release. And many thanks to Shannon and Lynn Heupel and the Montgomery advertiser for the multimedia piece they ran on the film, the play, Towering Above, and my solo stuff. If you haven’t seen it, there’s a live performance of my song “Liquid Heart” and some photos.

It’s been shared a lot on social media, so many thanks to everyone who’s shared it, pre-ordered the film, bought tickets to the play, and continue to support the art I’m involved with. It means a lot, and I am very appreciative of it.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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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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‘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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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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