Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lyrics page added

Happy Holidays everybody. I added a lyrics page and posted the lyrics from Post Card. Hope you all enjoy the record! Keep spreading the word!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A few more shows to round out 2014

Hey everyone I've added a few shows to the calendar for the end of this year. Knoxville and East Tennessee shows have been going well thanks in large part to Noxrox Booking, and I've had a lot of fun doing some regional shows as well. I am working with the guys in I am the liquor to get a Richmond show set up just after Christmas, and I'll surely let you know about that asap. Please tell your friends and family about my new record Post Card if you have downloaded it and enjoy it. Thanks to everyone for your support, and I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another way to get Post Card

Post Card is, of course, available on Noisetrade, but it is now also posted to Bandcamp. Get it at:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Post Card

I love idea behind post cards. You send someone you care about a little snapshot of where your travels have taken you, and you have just enough room to include a little message about what's going on in your world.  That's a pretty good explanation of what this record is, too. My little snapshot that I'm sending out to the world. You can still get postcards, but nobody much sends them anymore since we can text and email. You can also still find good music that someone actually plays and sings, but you have to go looking for it and avoid the auto-tuned crap that gets shoved in your face. This record is far from perfect, but that's how it should be. Perfection is stale and boring, mistakes and imperfections are honest and real, and I prefer real.

I also get that we music fans have been cheated for decades by an industry squeezing blood from the stone that was our empty pockets. I get that people just don't want to pay for music anymore unless they do want to. I buy records and cds and mp3s from artists that I believe in and want to support, but I have also downloaded a lot of music for free. I think that people should be able to hear the music and share it, and if they decide that they want to support the artist that created it, then so be it. With that in mind, I will be releasing this album so that you can all name your own price. You can download it for free and pay me afterwards if you like, or you can pay up front, or you can simply have it. I want people to hear these songs. I hope some of you will throw me a few bucks here or there to help with the cost of printing some discs or vinyl to take on the road when next summer rolls around, but most importantly I just want to put these songs out there for everyone to enjoy. The main location for downloading the album will be Noisetrade. My page there is linked here. The album will also be available on my Bandcamp page here. Both are great sites that help independent artists, so use whichever one works best for you. I'll also be posting the songs on YouTube on release day as well. Those links may or may not work between now and the 21st, but on that day you will be able to use them to get the record.

So that's it. Post Card is ready to go, and you don't have to pay a dime for it. Thanks for the support, and hopefully I will see everyone soon.

Friday, October 3, 2014

So I Made A Record

I am really excited about this record. You guys that know me, which at this point is pretty much everyone reading this, know that I generally have something to say about, well, most things. I fought it for a few years there, but creating music really is what I have been called to do. I haven't been part of a record that's been put out since 2008. That's kinda crazy to think about, and it makes me wish I had written more, but I am proud of the songs I'm about to put out there. There are seven songs on my new record. There were originally going to be more, but a few of those morphed into songs that Alicia and I are working on and will record in December. Two of the songs are my versions of old Boss Kean's Ditch songs. We had about half of a record ready to go when I left Richmond, and we never got to record those songs,  but I wanted to resurrect at least two of them. As a result, the record starts off with Singing Hymns and Better To Fly. I wrote those songs and the guys from BKD...Shane, Ryan, Tommy, Robbie, and Jimmy helped write the music for them. I modified it for my one man band style, but the soul of those songs belongs to those guys too. The rest of the songs are new, and every song on the record features me playing every instrument. I recorded the vocals, guitars, bass, and drums. You name it, I played it. The record is far from perfect. To be honest, these are really just demos that I am going to release as an album, but the more I listen to, the more I appreciate raw, honest recordings, so I didn't want to fancy it all up in a studio. Some of these songs may make it into a studio for the next record, but I have no issues letting this collection of songs stand on its own. I sure hope you guys enjoy it. The title of the record is "Post Card" and the track listing is as follows:

1. Singing Hymns
2. Better To Fly
3. Forward Together
4. Go On, Move On
5. Ten Room Coffin
6. Who You Are
7. Into The Wind

As far as availability of the record goes, rest assured everyone will be able to get it. Music should be shared, and this record hopefully will be. I will have more details on that as the release date approaches. In the meantime, I hope everyone is well, and I hope you guys are excited about this record like I am.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Record release date and shows

It's been great to get out and play some shows over the last few weeks, and we have some good ones coming up as well. In exciting and overdue news, my new solo record is ready to go. The official release date is October 21st, and I will be posting more info. about the record as that day approaches too, so check back to hear some of the story behind it. I'm beyond pumped to get these songs out and share them with everyone.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

An Exciting New Collaboration

I am very pleased to announce that I will be working with the good folks at here in the knoxville/pigeon forge/gatlinburg area.  Be sure to check out all of their local artists and show them some support!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twisted Mike's Saturday!

Very excited about this show. Alicia will be singing some tunes with me, and I can't wait to see Dallas Danger play again. Good times!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Honoring a Good Man Gone Too Soon

We who choose to be born will all die, and we will all leave a legacy in our wake. I have been incredibly blessed to be able to spend time with some amazing folks who have gone on to the next phase, and though I am sad they are no longer around, I continue to remember the good that they brought into my life and our world. One of those folks is my cousin Anthony Wilder who passed way too young in the spring of 2013. His legacy includes a beautiful young daughter who I can't wait to watch grow up, and his spirit serves as a ready reminder of how we should all live. Anthony, like all of us, had his struggles in life, but when I think about him I always remember that he was happiest when he was serving others. He was a big man with a big heart for giving. No matter what he was dealing with, he was always ready to listen and offer a helping hand. More than anything I remember his laugh and smile during good times. His soul lives on, and wherever he is out there, he is still reminding me that giving of yourself in the service of others is the real secret to finding joy in this life.

When Anthony passed, I was honored to receive his bass. I remember when he first got the guitar how proud and excited he was about it. He was definitely a music lover. He was also a tinkerer, and some of the guts of the bass had been pulled out, probably to be used in some wild fashion in one of his neighborhood-shaking car stereo installations! I held onto the guitar thinking that someday I would fix it up and use it to record or play live myself, but I sat starting at its case not long ago and realized that doing so would not be the best way to honor his legacy. Anthony was happiest when giving to others, so I knew what should be done. 

Driving through Knoxville on I-40 I would pass by the Joy of Music school constantly, and I was always intrigued by what exactly the place was all about.
 Looking at their website and talking to some musicians around town, I realized that the school really does some awesome things. From their website: "With a volunteer board and one staff member they undertake the mission of providing a quality music education to financially disadvantaged, at-risk youth." I cannot overstate the impact of music education on my life, and I applaud these folks for providing free instruction to those who might not otherwise receive it. We all hear about sports programs that help disadvantaged kids rise above their circumstances, but music seems to be undervalued as an avenue for self discovery and betterment. The good people at the Joy of Music School have filled this void in our community and taken it upon themselves to provide a great opportunity for young people. I knew that Anthony would be happy to know his bass was helping kids better themselves, so I reached out to the school to see if they would be interested in having it. Ed Sublett, manager of volunteer resources at the school, let me know that they would be very happy to accept the bass in Anthony's honor.

Anthony would go out of his way to help others, and I knew he wouldn't want a non-functioning instrument to be given in his honor, so I sought out some help in getting the bass back in shape. Steve Vandergriff of Rik's Music & Sound had helped me out before getting one my guitars back in great shape, so I reached out to him for help with the bass. I told him the plans for donating the instrument, and he graciously repaired the instrument for me. A new wiring harness, tuning peg, and strings got the bass ready to rock and roll once again. Many thanks to Steve for doing a great job on it, and go see him and the folks at Rik's if you're in Knoxville and need anything music related.

Ready for the kids!
The bass went to Ed Sublett and the Joy of Music School in honor and remembrance of Anthony Wilder today, and his legacy of giving will continue through who knows how many lives. Ed let me know that the school will place a decal on the bass honoring Anthony as well. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a small part of this story, and I know Anthony will be smiling whenever a kid jams on his bass. Please support all music education, and remember to tell your loved ones that you love them because you just never know if you'll get another chance.

I love you and miss you, man. See you on the other side.

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Guitar, New Song

I picked this beauty up on Thursday...
...and did this today...
I hope you guys enjoy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Graphic

Many thanks to Tom Schoppe for coming up with this cool new graphic for me. Keep an eye out for some new posters and pictures I'll be posting in the gallery soon.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Pic by Jessica Wiseman
The show at Vic's was great. I did miss Alicia singing with me because her harmonies really make songs shine, though. I am so fortunate to have such a beautiful and talented partner. I had a good time playing, though, and the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves as well. If you are in the Knoxville area you should definitely check out Vic's Craft Beer, Finny B's food truck, and Blue Pants beer. A bunch of cool people, great food, and great beer. Good times!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cookouts, Campfires, Beverages, and Guitars

After spending this past weekend with old friends I am geared up for the summer. Nothing like cooking up a pig, having a few brews, and spending time with your best friends. Now it's time to buckle down and get some new music recorded. It's also time for me to play some shows, so if you are going to be around Knoxville this weekend come to Vic's Craft Beer on Friday night and hang out!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another Month Gone

Another month is pretty much gone by. I am in the middle of working like crazy, taking some online classes, writing songs, and trying to decide what the best next steps are. I'm also doing my best to be a good husband and father. In short, it's all pretty crazy, but crazy leads to stories, and stories make up interesting lives. Some of you probably saw on social media (btw, use Google+ people,  it's way better than facebook, imo) that I got to meet the Minimalists. That definitely inspired me to continue working towards living with fewer possessions and distractions. I will have to write a post on them and some other folks who have influenced my ideas about how we live soon. Anyhow, this is just a check-in to say that I am still alive and well, and that the new songs are coming along. Further updates will come soon (sooner than a month this time I promise). Take care, everyone.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Other Music You Should Be Listening To - William Elliott Whitmore Edition

Other Music You Should Be Listening To is an ongoing series wherein I identify bands and musicians whose work I enjoy. Many of you already know about this music and will either revel in our shared opinions or post comments about just how wrong I am. Either way, it should be fun.  If you don't already know about this music rest assured it is worth your time to check it out.

You want to know what is incredible? Seeing one man with a banjo and a boot captivate 1,000 or more people, that is incredible. New Years Eve 2006. It was my first time seeing Clutch live, and they put on one hell of a show. They were not, however, the most impactful act I saw that night.
William Elliott Whitmore is a guy a couple of years older than me, from the middle of nowhere, Iowa, and he happens to have put out some of the best records that have been produced during my lifetime. On top of that, he is a beacon of truth in our mixed up world and a truly nice guy. He opened the show that December night, and I have been a huge fan ever since.

Like the majority of the artists I feature in this series, Will Whitmore made his way in the music business on the punk rock, diy, tour your ass off path. For a number of years he burnt up the highways playing show after show. He hasn't been out much, though, since touring to support his last record, Field Songs, which came out in 2011. Thankfully, he has been in the studio working on a new record.

Will Whitmore stands on a different level because his music is unquestionably sincere, his writing is superb, and he has an amazing voice. I have played his music for the uninitiated many times only to have them ask how in the heck I found out about some octogenarian black man putting out records. Hearing him, it's hard to believe at first that you are listening to a white guy currently in his thirties who's covered in tattoos and loves independent hip hop. Once you find out that he lives on his family farm in Iowa where he built his own home, though, you begin to realize that the soul in his voice is absolutely real.

His discography begins with three releases on Southern Records. This trilogy, Hymns for the Hopeless (2003), Ashes to Dust (2005), and Song of the Blackbird (2006), are all fairly similar in that they are stark, minimally produced records that rely on songwriting and charisma to convey Whitmore's message. It becomes clear very quickly that he is a man interested in living a simple life while struggling with the realities of mortality, salvation, and damnation. If, for a single second, his words are an affectation, it does not show. The music is simple, and the language is not complex, but the songs are so real you can feel it in your bones. His music will move you when you hear, and even more so when you see him perform live. As I said before, I've seen the man completely captivate a packed club full of metalheads with nothing but a banjo or an acoustic guitar and a foot for stomping out time.

In 2009 Animals in the Dark came out on Anti- Records. There was a bit more production on the record, but not so much as to make anyone think W.E.W. had abandoned his musical roots. Thematically, some of the album was a reflection on Whitmore's dissatisfaction with the Bush administration and the continual loss of personal liberty and freedom in our society that so many people either refuse to see or just ignore. Some of it dealt with familiar themes of loss and resurrection on a personal level. It is definitely a different record than the previous three, but it's a bit hard to describe just how. Again, though, the songwriting was absolutely on point. Watch the video and try to tell me he doesn't mean every word.

2011 brought Field Songs, again on Anti- Records. It was a return to an extremely stark style of recording, and the songwriting was once again phenomenal. Throughout the record you can hear the sounds of Whitmore's Iowa home running in the background, and the themes of honest work and a simple life of resilient honesty ring forever true.

I've had the opportunity to chat with Will a few times, and he truly is a humble and nice guy. I am looking forward to his new record and even more so to catching him live again as soon as I can. This man, who might be the best songwriter working today, posted a journal entry about getting chains for his tractor so as not to get stuck in the snow when plowing his driveway the other day. Something about that just makes me feel like everything in life would be much better if we would all just live the life we were designed to live. Do yourself a favor and head over to his website as soon as you can, and never miss the chance to see him perform.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Been too long

I haven't posted in a while. Way too long. It's been a rough time in many ways. A confusing time. Such is life. The good news is that my family and I are healthy and well. Alicia and I have been writing, and, not surprisingly she is really good at songwriting. I have articles on William Elliott Whitmore and Scott Biram and Lucero and Willy Tea Taylor that I ought to finish, but life keeps getting in the way. New music will be here soon. Studio time is ready to go. I wish I had more to say, but it's been survival mode for a bit. Should have new music soon. Hope you all are well.