ALBUM UPDATE #21: holy crap... I think we just tracked the final notes for the whole record today... what a treat to get to complete the tracking process by recording the insanely talented crew of @averyjbright @alicia_enstrom @lydialuce @thebanksnelson w support from @joshuakaler on the 🎛. I’ll be posting a full live performance video shot by @slatedawgg on my @patreon page very soon, join us and follow along as we cross the finish line with this album by clicking link in bio... I can’t wait to share this music with you, 🌏!!
As a creator, this makes me sick. Big companies know full well that followers and likes on social media translate into real dollars. When they steal images from artists and small businesses they are literally stealing money from them. @cosmopolitan Posted an image that belongs to my good friend @missmaxturk @rootsandcrownspdx completely out of context without any credit or compensation. #cosmopolitan Is this how you build your brand, by stealing from independent creators who come up with beautiful things you could never create on your own? Artists please share. #Repost @missmaxturk with @get_repost ・・・ @cosmopolitan - an account with 2.3 MILLION followers, as well as a social media team (I’m sure)- has stolen my work, taken it out of context (I made this for #pride) and ignored the flood of comments from beautiful people speaking up on my behalf. Almost a day has passed, they posted twice today, and they’re ignoring this violation. It’s hideous. If you are an artist, musician, maker of any kind- please let’s keep pressuring this company to do the right thing. Acknowledgement and apology is in order. Thank you to everyone who has spoken up!
TENNESSEE FRIENDS! Please please please please please make sure you’re registered to vote by TUESDAY JULY 3 in order to vote in the AUG 2 democratic primary. Our state will make a huge impact on the house and senate this year. WE NEED YOU!!!!!
Calling all allies, this is the time to show up. We need you. Vote, call, march, but most importantly have conversations with others in YOUR community. If these monstrous, racist, cruel policies aren’t affecting your life directly (yet), i guarantee they are directly affecting someone you care about in your community. It’s time to show up and decide the type of soul you want this nation to have. We need to get over statements like “this isn’t the country I know...” it fucking has been for many, many people for a long long time, and if you have had the good fortune of living a life where you truly haven’t seen it and are so shocked to see it now, please recognize that that in itself is a privilege, get over the shock and get to work. Thank you and I love you. AW
ALBUM UPDATE #20: SONG 5 IS DONE 🤫✍🏼🌘 “In The Creases” is now available FOR FREE on my @patreon page! Written with one of my fave longtime collaborators @amberrubarth and featuring the magical Dave Eggar @cellogram99 on cello. The full song/video are available to the public via the link in bio. If you like what I do, Patreon is THE BEST WAY to support my ability to create the best music I know how. Get 5 unreleased tracks from new album immediately, videos of the recording process and much more goodness. Link in bio 🙏🏽💙🦕
The thing that keeps me going, especially lately, is trying to channel my energy into creation rather than destruction. So proud of @rebeccapromitzer and very grateful to get to celebrate the album that we created finally being born into the world last night at @voutoreenees_ London. Thanks to the brilliant @olirockberger and @folknoir for bringing the songs to life at the release show, and thanks to @wigtronic @thebanksnelson @averyjbright @ellenangelico @jamlin @carriewellingmusic @pahmerhey @cellogram99 for bringing your magic to the record. Let’s make more beautiful things, the world needs them now.
I can’t count how many times I’ve looked to @anthonybourdain as a model for how I wanted to create my life as a artist, as a man, as a global citizen. From the outside I saw someone incredibly actualized and living his truth ferociously, to the benefit of everyone around him, and even though I never got to meet him (probably a good thing considering how I fanboyed out on @hseanbrock At Kroger) he’s constantly inspired me to strive for the same in my life as best I can. Goddammit life is complicated.
Hey team, here’s a little preview of another song from my live duo sessions at #angelhousesouth with @viennatengmusic, called “Just Enough.” The full video is now available on my @patreon page! Huge thanks to @alexbergermusic and @slatedawgg who beautifully filmed/edited this video, and THANK YOU to all my amazing patrons... this video exists in the world because YOU have given me the ability to create content I wouldn’t have otherwise had the time/resources to make. I’m very grateful. Follow link in bio to be part of the family... 👨👩👧👦👨👨👧👧👩👩👦👦
ALBUM UPDATE #19: SONG 4 IS DONE 👥👥👥“There Are No Shadows In LA,” is now up on my @patreon page! Super grateful to have two of my favorite artists lend their talents to this track: @meganslankard on Harmony Vox and Dave Eggar @cellogram99 on cello. You can hear the full song and watch the video of the recording process on my @patreon page, follow link in bio...🌴🌴🌴
Last month I had the privilege of pulling the supremely talented @viennatengmusic out of retirement so we could record live duo performances of some songs from my upcoming album. Here’s a sneak peek of a song called “There Are No Shadows In LA.” You can watch the full version of this video along with the other songs from this special duo performance when you sign up to my @patreon page (link in bio). You’ll also get access to unreleased tracks from my upcoming album, videos of the recording process and the stories behind all the songs. Huge thanks to visual geniuses @alexbergerphotography and @slatedawgg for capturing these performances so beautifully, @karenjshih and @aaparallel for helping with the shoot and of course to Vienna for being just so freaking good at music... she learned ten songs in two days and multitasked about four parts on each... #sweetsweetrevenge
Last week I had the joy of playing an all-request, live-streamed concert for my amazing @patreon supporters, featuring two of my favorite people/musicians @viennatengmusic and @amberrubarth. Here’s a little clip of the three of us singing “In The Creases.” We filmed and mixed the entire concert and it is now available to watch for free to all subscribers to my Patreon page! Follow link in bio to join🦕🦖 🎥: @karenjshih
I've never been so proud to receive a rejection letter before. Four years ago @amberrubarth, @djdevvydev and I started writing a musical called The Paper Raincoat, having absolutely no experience, no resume, and honestly no idea what we were doing. We naively jumped in to create an original story from scratch instead of following the much more tried-and-true path of adapting an existing story with strong bones. By last fall we still had a ways to go to finish our first draft, but on a lark we decided to apply to the O'Neill Workshop, whose alums include Avenue Q and In The Heights. We applied at the very last minute with an incomplete script, quite sure we wouldn't make it past the first round. When we got a letter saying we had passed the first round of selection, we were both elated and panicked, as it meant we had a week to finish the entire script in order to qualify for the next reading. We spent several all-nighters that week feverishly writing the book and finishing the songs, turning it in the night before it was due. Last week we received a letter saying that although we did not get selected for the workshop (they pick 3 out of over 250) we made it into the top third of all applicants. It's always been a challenge for me to have the audacity to try new things and attempt to create in mediums outside of "my own," always feeling like I needed some qualification, some degree, or someone's permission before I was "allowed" to express myself in a medium outside of my comfort zone. I've been working hard at shedding this useless belief system for years and this letter serves as much needed ammo against that monster voice that says to remain small, to keep your head down, and stay in your lane. F**k waiting for permission. F**k being terrified of judgement. Our ideas are no good to anyone if we selfishly keep them to ourselves.
Last night I got to spend a special evening with some special people at #angelhousesouth. Thx @olirockberger @marybragg @sarahwestmusic @baylorwilson @amberrubarth @carriewellingmusic @alexbergermusic @jamielawsonmusic for being badass talents @alexbergerphotography for being a collector of kind humans and thanks #nashville for being #nashville
Had a blast playing some songs on my pals @gab_rye_el @lildragontv upcoming TV show @reconnectingrootstv yesterday... Thanks for having me guys, and look out for this great series y’all!