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Bookends

I can't believe it's already almost July! I'm excited about the upcoming recording sessions and looking forward to immersing myself in music. It feels like serendipity that the week we chose to record will also be full with friends' shows and my own performances as bookends. Music feeds my musical soul and contributes to a better whole I think. The journey starts July 8th when I'm going to open for Hannah Thomas at Eddie's Attic. Ben and Josh will be rockin' with Hannah that night too before we head into the studio the next day to begin laying tracks for my new record. So on July 9th, be sure to send some good juju our way as you're enjoying your summer Sunday! Hopefully we'll capture something special in the studio as the week progresses, and I'm already planning on some celebrations. Amy Ray will be at the Variety on July 14th and Paul Sanchez will be performing for Red Boots Roots House Concerts early evening on the 15th. Then I'll be playing my second Java Monkey residency show that evening starting at 8pm. I hope to see some friendly faces along the way whether I'm on stage or in the audience. Life is better with live music:)

I Still Believe

I wrote this song in April right before I played a Red Boots Roots House Concert. It's a song about faith in hope that was written from a place of despair about the ways in which hatred and politics intertwine these days to drive wedges between us. It's a song about endurance and recognizing that the march towards people being treated with equal respect based on the content of their character, not the color of their skin, the creed of their religion, or the gender they were born into or are attracted to, has been a long and slow one that many have contributed to over time, and we still have a long way to go.

I decided to play the song that night despite the fact that it was so new, and the response was immediate and overwhelming. My friend, Chardy McEwan, was there sitting in with me on some songs and witnessed the connection. After the show, I asked him if he could help me record the song so I could share it with the RBR Community in a more permanent format. Chardy is the bombdiggity, and he made it happen. He invited me into the Sixthman office after work one day when he had enlisted other Sixthman staff and friends to stay late and man the cameras. Tanner set up a new ribbon mic he wanted to test out, I ran through the song once for a sound check, and then we hit record. Tanner did the audio, Chardy mixed the video and sent me a link and instructions on how to upload it to Facebook. So about a month after I first played it for them, I was able to share the song with the RBR group. How's that for friendship and community?

The news is really heavy of late, and sometimes I find myself rendered mute with despair, but I do still believe that most people think that all people have the right to live their lives in their different skins. So here's me in mine, raw and real with emotion but doing my best to do my part:

http://www.sixthmansessions.com/session/117/?autoplay=true

New Project in the Works

I'm looking forward to another rehearsal tonight with Benjamin Ryan Williams and the fellows from Atlanta band Dank (Josh Birmingham, Matt Henderson, and Jimmy Bones). We've been jamming on some of my new songs and working them up so that we can lay down some tracks hopefully this summer. On this record, I'll be swinging back towards my rock 'n roll heart while keeping the groove alive and moving. We've only gotten together a couple of time so far, and the vibe is resonating as a pretty deep sound. I love how Matt and Jimmy swap trippy licks between the Moog and guitar while Ben and Josh keep it swinging. There's going to be a lot of heart in this one for sure!

Summer Residency at Java Monkey

Starting in June, I'll be playing the third Saturday of the month at Java Monkey in downtown Decatur, GA. I plan on filling the evenings with songs new and old, inviting musicians and poets who happen by to share their own talents, and generally have a good time surrounding myself with friends and community. Music is a live art form, and you just never quite know what will happen in the moment, which of course is part of the fun!

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