It’s been a while since we spoke. Anything new in this country of ours? Something seems…different. It’s certainly not a more perfect union – or any greater, so far – so just remember to be your brother’s keeper.
Here at JDF Headquarters, I’ve been quietly productive. Last year, I wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the upcoming film Abundant Acreage Available, starring Amy Ryan and directed by Winston-Salem’s hometown hero Angus MacLachlan. It will have its world premiere at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Elsewhere in the ever-swinging world of Show Biz, several of my songs, both new and old, were featured in TV shows (“Maron,” “The Fosters”) and in the latest Ang Lee film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Our good friend, the terrific artist Alex Klein, has been secretly working on a short film featuring two songs from The Arrow. The final project will be released this spring, but in the meantime, here’s a teaser pic.
My ultra-fine publishing company, Rough Trade Publishing, is doing its part to combat the looming uncertainty of 2017 (so far). It is offering “A Song a Day to Keep the Pain Away,” a 90 song compilation of Rough Trade artists that can be yours for the nifty low price of $20.17. All of the proceeds are being donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center; so far, they’ve raised more than $6,000 for the cause. Amongst the other top flight acts, you’ll find an unreleased JDF song that was recorded during The Arrow sessions.
In more tangible news, Winston-Salem’s conceptual rock entertainers The Vagabond Saints Society will be performing an evening of Electric Light Orchestra music at The Garage on Saturday, March 18. There are two shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and I’ll be doing my best on several Jeff Lynne songs throughout the night.
Finally, I’ll be playing The Barn at Reynolda Village on Thursday, April 27 as part of its “More Barn” sessions. The Dead Tongues (Ryan Gustafson) is also on the bill, and it should be a cool evening, with both of us playing solo, 100% singer and songs. Spread the word – and bring your pals.