It seems like this past week has just flown by. There’s been so much going on that it’s going to be difficult condensing this into a single post, but I’ll certainly do my best. Here’s a brief little outline of everything that’s happened in the past week:
I. Road Trippin’ It
II. Playing Shows and Filming in Strange Places
III. Finally Getting Some Merch up on the Interwebs
I’ll pretty much stick to this exact outline for the rest of this post. Just in case you were wondering why I bothered including an outline.
Road Trippin’ It
This past Friday I piled into the Pontiac Vibe with my good friends Joey and Mitchell to head up to Cincinnati for a busy and sleepless weekend. Joey and Mitchell are my roommates, and they also help me with my music a lot. Mitchell engineered, mixed, and mastered my EP, and Joey filmed my Indiegogo video, helped with branding, and has been doing an awesome job as my merch guy at any shows I play. Joey is also cooler than Mitchell. I DIGRESS.
We stayed at Mitchell’s parents’ house in Kentucky, but the next two days were pretty much spent entirely in Cincinnati (yes, I know, there are parts of Cincinnati in Kentucky, but in my mind it’s all Ohio). Friday night consisted mostly of us walking all over Cincinnati and observing the wreckage of Oktoberfest and returning at 2 am.
On Saturday morning I played at Velocity Bike and Bean in Florence, KY to a very whispery crowd after renting a PA system extremely last minute for $15 (thank you Willis Music). Saturday evening saw the three of us in Clifton near the University of Cincinnati playing at the Roh’s Street Café with Zach Zook and Charlie Millikin. Needless to say we were all exhausted, but it was a good time and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
A lot more happened in Cincinnati that I won’t worry you about, but I did learn two invaluable pieces of information from this trip. 1). Check to see if the venue you’re playing at is near a big university, and then be sure to check if they have a homecoming or other huge event going on. It will greatly impact your show’s attendance. 2). Don’t walk across the Purple Bridge into Cincinnati at midnight and then get lost in Covington.
Filming with the Cops
On our way back from Clifton on Saturday night, we drove past a warehouse in construction that was just too perfect to pass. We turned around and went back to shoot a quick video. My friend Mitchell dropped us off as Joey and I ran inside to shoot as fast as we could (P.S. It’s going to look really cool when it’s done). We shot the video with no problems, but when we left we just so happened to jokingly give a hitchhiker’s thumb to a car that turned out to be a cop. He was a tad bit curious about what we were doing, but he was a nice guy and didn’t act suspicious of us. After that, we hopped back in the Vibe and went back for some well-needed sleep.
I’ll be sure to post it here when the video is done. There might be more than one video coming soon, so I’ll let you know!
I know, I know– it’s about dang time. Well it is dang time, and I now have one piece of merchandise up on Society6! It’s a poster designed by my aforementioned friend, Joey Brodnax. Joey is pretty awesome and does some sweet video work as well. Check out his Vimeo channel here. Also, here’s the link to that Society6 page where you can buy the poster.
That’s it for this week. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on everything that’s going on. Enjoy the music, and I’ll talk to you again next Wednesday.
This week I’ve been listening to a lot of The Red Headed Indian, my friend Caroline’s music project. Caroline is an extremely talented musician, and I’m so excited that her EP is finally out. She’s one of the hardest working musicians I know, and she puts so much of her heart into her music. For fans of Fleet Foxes, The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Ray LaMontagne and any kind of amazing folk-soul music. Give her a listen.
Spotify: The Red Headed Indian – Honey