Validation. Relevance. You and I both know that nothing I write here will accomplish such artistic goals. Beefheart. Van Gogh. There are situations in which any such thing takes time, or death. The Rolling Stones. The Alabama Shakes. There are also moments that only take a moment– or a year. Can one artist and his art truly be more relevant than another? I ask, who decides this? And what must it be relevant to?
Basically, I’m from Muscle Shoals, AL. I like Chuck Berry, The Stones, Captain Beefheart, Iggy Pop, Scott Walker, Waylon Jennings– and I’ve also discovered a little interest in the dark work of Francis Bacon. It reminds me of drawings and imaginings from my adolescence (and sometimes today).
I have a new record coming out called “Toska”. It was recorded at The Nutthouse in Sheffield, Al. It’s my best work yet. If you don’t believe me, you can download two tracks from the record for free. On the record I usher you through dark tales of love and the bizarre, and revel in the joys of the ‘otherside of life’. I’ll take you to the bottom of the pit and we’ll heave ourselves back out. There’s blues (as in the feeling), rock’n’roll, 4 a.m. ballads, and me– your shaman of the hour.
Many fabulous musicians helped me accomplish this goal and their contributions are no small matter. The rhythm section of Jimbo Hart and Chad Gamble (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), the electric guitar stylings of my dear friend and psyche-pop guru, Cody Gaisser, the haunting and beautiful violin of the classically trained and outrageously inspired Kate Tayler, Hammond artist Kim Tibbs on organ and backing vocals, Lou Murray (The Bear), Jess Rothstein (The Pyles) and Brittany Letsinger (The Valley Roots) on backing vocals, and special guests of unworldly caliber, songwriter and pianist Donnie Fritts and legendary saxophonist Harvey Thompson Sr.
I’ve played many shows– even stretching to parts of Europe. I’ve opened gigs from the likes of The Black Diamond Heavies to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. But should this matter?
I like rock’n’roll, dark stories and beautiful stories. I don’t pander to genres and styles. That’s for the ‘business’. Outside of physics, and the like, nothing in this world is unchangeable. It is all up to you. What is relevant to you? Who validates for you? I am an artist, no matter. You can be, too.