It has been 389 days since I played a show with a full band. Next Friday night, I will be back in Little Rock at Juanita’s doing just that. We will be opening the show for one of my favorite songwriters, Radney Foster (“Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Raining On Sunday,” “I’m In”).
With all the time that’s past, I’ve been able to write a ton of new songs and we’ll be playing those on Friday. The songs above are our setlist for the show. So here’s what I’m asking you to do:
1) Listen like crazy.
2) Post this link on Facebook and Twitter and help us spread the word.
3) Show up at Juanita’s on Friday May 10th.
You can buy tickets anytime between now and then at Juanitas.com. We’ll see you there!
2 years ago, I released my first full length record, “Fighting From the Ground.” That project was the result of a few years of writing and a lot of production hours from some incredibly talented dear friends. The record was then purchased, streamed, and enjoyed by all of you. I’ll always be proud of Fighting From the Ground and the doors it has opened… like this one…
In February, Merritt and I will be making a move to Nashville, Tennessee where I will be a full-time staff songwriter with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
This is a dream come true, and it wouldn’t have happened without all your encouragement through these last few years. So thank you to all the SigEp bros who brought people to watch me play at Juanita’s when I was in college. Thank you to my family for teaching me to love music. Thanks to Beau and Ben for teaching me to love cool music. Thanks to the band: Nathan, Jason, Carson, and Matt for rocking hard. Thanks to my boss, Dave Riner for being among my biggest cheerleaders during this whole thing. Thanks to Fellowship Bible Church for giving me the chance to grow and develop as a musician, in service, and in leadership over these last few years. And of course, thanks to my sweet wife for being an inspiration and for being willing to come along with me on this ride.
In honor of the 2 year anniversary of Fighting From the Ground and our recent exciting news, the entire album will be available FOR FREE DOWNLOAD on Noisetrade until the end of the year. Thank you so much for your support and for helping make this opportunity happen!
Download “Fighting From the Ground” free HERE!
So I like the word “extravaganza.” So what.
I hope you got your listening pants on, because this week I’ll be releasing one demo per day from my May demo session at Nashville’s Rukkus Room studios. I’ll be posting the songs on my blog and telling a little about the tune and the folks I wrote them with. I’m really happy to share this with you all since this was my very first demo session. There’s 5 songs in all, one for each day of your long and arduous work week.
Happy Monday. You can find the demos HERE or by clicking the BLOG link above. And please, let me know what you think. You can leave a comment on the blog or just use the hashtag #DemoPerDay.
Today I signed my very first publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing Nashville. I’m so excited to share this news with you all because your support and encouragement are what pushed me to make “Fighting From the Ground.” God’s providence and that record are what brought me to this deal.
I need to say thanks to Jeremy Stover who brought me into EMI and who has worked with me and given great direction. Thanks also to Ben Vaughn, Tom Luteran, Laura Wright and all the folks at EMI who are giving me this chance. I feel like this is kind of like winning the songwriting lottery for some dude writing songs out of his man-cave.
“What does this mean..” you ask? It means I’m officially a staff writer with EMI. I’ll write songs and they will pitch them all over the place: country artists, pop, TV, film and anywhere that needs good songs. They help me with the business end of songwriting that, frankly, I could never do well on my own. They get me in the room to write with some of the best writers around and it gives me the chance to have my music heard in places that were previously almost impossible.
For those of you who are worried: Merritt and I don’t have plans to move to Nashville, and I’m not quitting my job with StuMo. This is just an awesome opportunity to put some momentum on the things I’ve already been doing.
Thank you to Jesus who has laid out an incredible chance to create music and a new avenue through which to impact people with the Gospel. Thanks to my amazing wife who encourages me and allows me to spend time away from home so this could happen. Thanks to my family who made music a core value in our home. Thanks to all of you, my friends, who buy my music, come to shows, and share my music with your friends. Whether you realize it or not, you all made this happen and I am deeply grateful.