Show this Saturday and ‘Live at Seville’ turns 5

Hey everyone! The Live at Seville EP turns 5 today!

If you want some background on this EP, here’s a link to the original blog post about it.

The audio version is on most streaming platforms, but the actual video performances are on YouTube. (This was a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions collaboration with Terrible Master Films.)

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That being said, I’ll be performing this Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL, opening for my friends in Tres Locos and The McRyatts.

And speaking of Tres Locos, here’s a promo video I shot for them awhile back in their hometown of Huntsville, AL:

Hope to see you this Saturday!

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New Glorious 70mm album coming Sept. 22

It’s been a while since I’ve released a Glorious 70mm album that wasn’t directly tied to a film or podcast. (Looks like it was back in 2015 when I did a collaboration with my friend Tequila Nylon.)

So… I’ve got one coming out on Sept. 22, the date of this year’s autumnal equinox, which seemed fitting since the new album is titled “EXT. SEASONAL IMAGERY” and has four songs, one for each season.

If you’re unaware, Glorious 70mm is my film score project that I began in March 2014, and sometimes I just make instrumental pieces to release, even if it’s not (yet?) tied to a film.

With this new release, each song is a little over 10 minutes long, creating an ambience that I thought fit the mood of each season. It contains a lot of synth, except for the song “Fall” which has a guitar-based background with piano over it.

It will be available Sept. 22 on the Glorious 70mm Bandcamp page.

‘Hymns of Mare Nostrum’ turns 10…

I’m old. (Get off my lawn.)

The Hail the Titans debut album “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” came out 10 years ago today.

Coincidentally… that album was engineered by Chris Lantrip at Headless Dinosaur Recording, and my current band – Towering Above – is working on our new album, again recording with Chris at HDR.

Be sure to follow us on the ol’ FB for updates.

OK, that’s all for now… cause I’m old.

Much love.

‘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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I haven’t blogged in a full month…

Photo by C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

Hey! It’s been a while! Welcome back to my digital home. As the title says, it’s been a full month since my last blog post, so I figured I’d throw out a quick update.

It’s been the usual busy behind the scenes. I’ve been doing some video editing on a documentary project; I recently shot a music video that’s in the early editing stages… more info on those coming soon-ish. The Remembering Anarcha producers and I have been working on trying to get the film publicly available; I hope to be able to share some news on that front soon.

Towering Above is continuing to write songs while live shows are still a rarity due to the pandemic and all; we’ve got some new stuff I’m pretty excited about.

Back in November, I posted a cover version of “Souvenir” by Boygenius. I did another cover that’s on my YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe!), but I apparently never posted it to the blog, so here it is:

Let’s see… what else… oh, here’s something else that didn’t make the blog – a hot sauce video taken by my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions:

And I got to do a fun photo shoot with my friend Thomas Tingle of Koi Photograph. Be sure to check out his page and his Instagram; he’s doing some really cool stuff.

Aight, that’s all I can think of at the moment. Thanks for reading. Connect with me on social media. Keep in touch. Subscribe to this blog below. Check on your friends. Be good to each other. Much love.

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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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‘Liquid Heart’ video!

The first track from my new solo album Carry the Wounds is called “Liquid Heart.” Here’s the music video for it. Carry the Wounds is out this Friday, March 6!

Many thanks to Somica Spratley, C. DeWayne Cunningham, Jeff McKinney, Alana Taylor, and Jon Himsel for making this happen.

Produced by Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and Gefilte Films.

August 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Click here to see the full gallery on Facebook.

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’

As always, thanks for reading! You can subscribe to this blog below. And much love!

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