Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy and ‘The Bleak’ release

Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is up! If you haven’t seen part 1 (“A Certainty“) or part 2 (“How To Abandon Ship“) then catch up! And… you might want to refresh yourself on the video we did for “Jumper” from our previous release to get a couple of things in part 3.

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Many thanks to my 1st A.D. – 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.)

The Bleak is out today on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and more!

We’re performing with Uncaste and Duos Locos at the Sanctuary tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 6) so come to the show!

Thanks for listening, reading, supporting! Much love!

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Montgomery Advertiser piece about ‘The Bleak’

[album art for The Bleak]

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

Towering Above updates!

Towering Above is performing this coming Friday (June 17) with Abusements and The Cancellations (from Nashville.) All ages at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL. Details here.

In other news, we’ve been working on album art, finishing up music videos, and getting everything ready to release a new album. We’ll provide more details on all of that soon. And we’re already working on even newer stuff (yay!)

Ooh, speaking of those music videos, here’s a screen grab from one of them that the band posted recently:

OK, that’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading. Come to the show this Friday!

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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.)

…aaaaaaaaaaaand…

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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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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Live this Saturday – Jan. 22, 2022!

Haven’t blogged in a month; lots going on behind the scenes, buuuuuuut, I wanted to make sure to do a quick post about the upcoming show this Saturday!

Towering Above is joining Grasping at Pieces and new band Venusville (their debut) at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery, AL. Doors open at 7:30, showtime at 8. It’s $10 at the door, and it’s all ages, so feel free to bring the kids so they can get inspired to be broke musicians like the rest of us! But for real, click attending on the Facebook event (and then actually attend! It’ll be fun!)

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!

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New merch! (And yes, self-promotion is still weird)

Last February, I wrote a post talking about my feelings on self-promotion, and… well… I just read over it again and still feel exactly the same way as I did then.

But I also just put a new design up in the store, so if you feel so inclined, here’s the link.

Others are available as well, so if your sentiment is more along the lines of “I hate Josh Carples, but his music is tolerable,” or “Whomst the f**k is Josh Carples,” then there’s a shirt for you too.

Also, there are some shirts available for my band Towering Above as well. Click here.

Uhhh… while I’m on this whole merch/promotion thing, I also have some prints available of some of my photography if you’re looking for some new art to hang on the wall. Those are handled through Society6 here.

This could totally be on your wall.

OK, with that out of the way, there are a couple of upcoming shows I’m involved with. I mentioned them in a post earlier this month, but here’s your reminder:

Friday, July 9 I’ll be performing at Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of their Garden Glow music series (with Megan McMillan and Neal Lucas.) I was told the last performance in this series sold out, so if you’re planning to come, get your tickets ASAP.

Saturday, July 17 at the Sanctuary: Towering Above, One Like Son, Lonleysev. Details here.

Oh, one more thing: Remembering Anarcha recently got added to the Rotten Tomatoes website, so if you’ve seen the film, please leave a review and/or rating there. My producers and I would love to read your thoughts. We’ve had some kind words said on the DVD on Amazon and on YouTube Movies. And if you haven’t seen it, here are some links on where you can find it.

OK, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading. I hope to see you at one of those upcoming shows. Much love.

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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.

Towering Above – Live!

Back in July, Towering Above performed live at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL, for a livestream concert with our friends in the Abusements. Sound was provided by Technical Earth Recorders, and our friend Jeff McKinney shot some footage for us as well.

I took Jeff’s footage and the livestream footage (props to Chris Eckels from Abusements for the livestream footage) and added some stuff to create some live videos. I hope you enjoy!

If you want to hear more, be sure to check out our Bandcamp page. Our debut album “<content>obsolete” (under the band name Barrens) and our new acoustic EP “Repeating the Moment” are also on most streaming platforms – Spotify, YouTube, etc. so you can enjoy them there as well.

Thanks for listening!

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Show tonight! ‘Spiritus’ score and ‘Bad Deal’ preview

Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:

  1. I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
  2. Witchchord and Pleasant Valley are playing at the Sanctuary. Details here.

Pick a show and go. Of course, I’d love for you to pick my show, but I’m friends with the folks playing the other show, so pick one and go. Just don’t stay home tonight.

As I said in my last post, one of the guys in Witchchord happens to be Mr. Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films. (Full disclosure: I am FHF’s PR Director.)

Anyway, FHF is a co-producer on the film Spiritus, written and directed by LC Holt, and Shane happens to be the score composer, and he recently released it on Bandcamp.

Shane also directed the recent short film Bad Deal that’s currently in post-production. Director of Photography – the man, the myth, the legend himself – Mr. Joe Walker sent a still image from the film featuring the character of “Jody” played by Mike Cunliffe. It’s already looking awesome.

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