Monday, March 31, 2014

A Portrait of Things to Come

Greetings boys and girls,

We’re at the end of another month, and dangerously close to being four full months into 2014. I’ve been keeping busy (what else is new?), and I want to hip you to a few things. Let’s jump in!

In my last post, I wrote about four upcoming shows. We can another one to the list. I was recently notified that I’ve been accepted into the Ithaca Festival, which starts at the end of May. It’s looking like Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian will be taking himself and some copies of Ghosts & Echoes and Between Beauty & Bedlam to the great state of NY in the near future!

Outside of that, I spent a good bit of this past weekend editing some interviews I’ve recorded for my upcoming performance art piece, which we’ll debut on May 11th in Chattanooga for The New Dischord Festival. The interviews have been AMAZING, as well as eye-opening, and deeply insightful. I’d like to record a few more, but I HAVE to get them done soon. If you’re interested, feel free to hit me up.

Also, I’ve been preparing for my show at The Hunter. I’ve got some really great ideas, and I’m looking forward to rehearsing this week. We’re going to get down, and I think we’re going to do a good job of taking the audience on a journey.

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for you guys and girls right now. It’s back to work for yours truly. Be good, stay up, and be sure to check out The Pulse and the Chattanooga Times Free Press this week (and maybe next week, too) if you’d like to see some new interviews with yours truly.



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Saturday, March 22, 2014

What's Coming Up


What’s good?! It’s newly spring, I heard a new Wu-Tang song (on Wu-Tang Wednesday, of course), and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m working on a number of projects, and it’s exhausting and inspiring at the same time.

I wanted to take the time to post some upcoming performances. If you have any interest in seeing yours truly work up a holy sweat, you can check me out at the following:

·        April 10th – The Hunter Museum of American Art (6-7:30)

·        April 26th – Performing with Function @ The Camp house

·        May 10th – Poetry feature at Nashville’s Portland Brew East for Poetry in the Brew

·        May 11th – Premiering the performance art piece The Body for The New Dischord Festival

Each performance is tremendously different, which is going to be a fun challenge. I’m juggling rehearsals now as well as conducting interviews for the performance art piece, making music, etc. It’s all good. This is what I do, and I’m pretty accustomed to functioning in this manner.

Switching gears, check out some live photos from Nashville’s Cannery.  I’m really proud with how they came out, and the photographer did great jobs of not making me look crazy… or too crazy.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Busy Business

What’s new and exciting, brothers and sisters? I’ve been extremely active all of this year so far. Some of it has come out of inspiration. The rest of it has come from necessity. Either way, I’ve been grinding, and I’m pretty excited about  what’s to come (I’ll hip you to that soon), and what’s been going shaking out lately. Let’s jump in!

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to perform at The Cannery for an event with Ms. Jessica Nunn, who plays the viola in my band. It was a great opportunity, and allowed us to see and meet some amazing talents from across the board. I always enjoy hitting the stage with Jessica, and I think that the whole experience brought us closer together as friends and artists.  I’m already hatching some new ideas for performances with her (she doesn’t know this yet. Mua ha ha!!!).

This past weekend, Nick aka Scenic (also from my band) and I performed at a benefit at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga. It was a lot of fun, and, now that I think about it, was the first time that just the two of us performed a joint set together.  We battled technical problems, and an attempted AUX cable theft to get down and do our thing. I’m really happy that despite those obstacles, we still represented in a sufficient manner.

Outside of live gigs, a while back, I came across a competition sponsored by Scratch Magazine. They were putting together a beat tape of beats that would work well for the artist and actor Common. I actually made it onto an MF Doom tape in a similar fashion a year or two ago, so I though it would be fun to give this one a go.

Before long, I’d cooked up something that I was both proud of and thought had a good chance of making it onto the project. And then, I heard… nothing. Nada. Zilch, even. Not for a long time. Over the weekend, I finally received an e-mail that the project had been released. I took a look at the tracklist, and, as fate would have it, Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian was, indeed, on that bad boy. You can check it out for FREE here and here Let me know what you think.

Switching gears, I think I mentioned that I’m developing a performance art piece. Each week, I get more and more excited and inspired, so that, dear brothers and sisters, is a great sign. The next phase of it is for me to start conducting interviews with women, so if you’re reading this and want to know more about the project or you’re interested in being interviewed, hit me up and I’ll give you the spiel.

Well, that’s about all I have right now. I’ll post some upcoming dates for live performances soon, so be good, stay in touch, and I’ll be blogging at you again in the near future. Oh, and don’t forget that you can purchase my debut EP Between Beauty & Bedlam at the following links: