New Stuff… The natural progression of things

It’s been a productive week, and a lot of things are falling into place. I like it so much better when you get to the point of happening to stuff, rather than it always happening to you. haha.

Not to mention all the BIG things on the horizon with myself , and the Artist Co-op. My friends from Fargo Strut are working on the next album and working hard to get the music out there. Love what’s happening in that camp!!  BTW, We got the new band shirts in and they ROCK! Go up to the menu and hit the contact button if you’d like to rock one yourself.

This Celtic influenced design, with the Battle Axe and Dragon, pays homage to the band leaders roots. As the band name pays homage to his childhood roots and a love of  Memphis wrestling legend Jackie Fargo doing the Fargo Strut.

I’m going to take you back on this one, with Take Ride. This video was the first live show that “Fargo Strut” played… hosted by yours truly @ FultzFest.   Still finding themselves, this three piece version of the band features Chad Grant on bass, who happens to now be killing it with Killing Grace. Since then Tony Emerton (bass) and Mike Porter (guitar) have joined Jeffery Turner (lead guitar) and the man behind the band Billy Atkisson on drums, vocals and visions! Still love this song and thanks for letting me ride along!

And the flyer from that event…

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Speak with a Fist!

Nashville Rock News… Saturday March 18th. The new CD by Killing Grace was officially released on the world. To celebrate, they threw a party at Revelry Bar and Grill in Hendersonville, TN, and played an incredible 24 song set which covered the new album and included old favorites. Big Shout Out to band manager Carla Sisco, for putting together a great show and allowing me to bring the camera along!

 

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Here are some of the photos I captured from that show.

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Beginning with Belfast 6 Pack

To Kick off the show Belfast 6 Pack drove down from Knoxville, TN and sounded great! I love discovering new music!

 

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Performing their song, ” Joe White and the Seven Whores”

 

 

Up Next was Medicine Mann

Charlie Kavanagh sings from way down deep in his soul and put on a killer show with the rest of the band!  This really got the stage and the crowd warmed up for Killing Grace!

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The Main Event … Killing Grace!

I just have to say, This band is great live! It’s always high energy and interactive with the crowd, as Matthew Edmonson doesn’t allow for any dull moments between songs..Along with Colt Hendricks and Brandon Bell manning the guitars, Chad Grant on bass and Rob McKee on drums. The love these guys have for the music and each other ( the fans too, as far as that goes) really shows through this live show! Maybe it’s the ” Bloodline” 🙂

 

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I had the pleasure of introducing my oldest son, Deven, and (soon to be) daughter-in-law Carissa to the band, and sharing some new music with them.

 

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Matt thanks  Bob Crisp for  Emcee-ing the event.

 

 

So here we go… Enjoy a sample and let the music take you there with me, as there is a lot to look at here 🙂

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17 Scars with Pam Gentry

 

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And a good time was had by all, 🙂

 

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Till next time…Support “local” music wherever you can. and ” Speak with a Fist” is available for digital download about anywhere you buy music !

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New Band Shirts

It wont be long now , the much anticipated Fargo Strut shirts are on the way! Just like Jeffery Turner’s guitar…This badass logo screams rock n roll! Just go to the CONTACT section in the above menu to send me a message and Order yours today!

 

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White Ink on Black heavy cotton T-shirts ( official artist Proof)

 

 

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Across the Sky  is Now available at several locations for digital download. Amazon is one..

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Be among the first to have this cool new shirt! Order Now!!

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Benefit Concert at the historic Exit/In

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On the night of Feb. 10 , under the trifecta of a full moon, solar eclipse and a comet flyby…Killing Grace performed along with Amos Moses and the Legend, Dry Tavern, and Giants at the Door, at the historic Exit/In in Nashville TN. A Benefit show with ALL proceeds going to help out Leukemia victim Dwayne Reed.  The following are a few of the KG images captured at that show. More from Amos Moses to come in another post… Enjoy… and if you get a chance to see these bands I suggest you treat yourself ! img_9552

 

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New year, Same me…a year in review

 

As I reflect back over 2016… I see that life is good. I’m Happy and I’m on track.

 

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I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.

 

 

This past year has held some Major life events…

To begin:

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Completing school in February with a one hundred percent score, and one of a couple, to receive the highest HVAC tech level, was something I never saw happening. My best friend and now working partner has been in this business, as a sideline, for about 7 years. And for about 7 years he has been twisting my arm to come work with him. “It’s not for me” I told him. “Honestly , I’m not a real mechanically minded guy, I’m an Artist” “I really don’t think I can wrap my brain around it… I mean laws of thermal transfer, refrigeration cycles and TXV metering ??? …that’s not a natural thought process for a guy who is captivated by the golden hour of sunset, or the way light seems to emit from a pretty smile.”  I observe things, I’m one who notices beauty in all its forms. An artist eye….  But it seems it was about the second class in the fall of 2015 that the light bulb just came on and it made sense.  So with a Universal EPA certification and an understanding and simplifying of the diagnostic process,  I have something to fall back on and continue building on. I’ve also been blessed with some invaluable field training from a great teacher with 37 years in the business.

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Crane setting a rooftop unit as Jim directs the driver.

 

 

To follow my completion was My twins, my BABIES 🙂 Graduated from High School in May 2016

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It’s kind of surreal that all 4 of them are grown and such beautiful people. It wasn’t always easy raising them and I did work a lot … but it was always fun. So many experiences and laughs when these four start drumming up memories. I love the bond they have as siblings. 🙂  It does my heart good to know they are close and can count on one another. Although I probably cant take credit for that.  Any problems I’ve had with their mother doesn’t change the fact that she’s tried hard to be good momma and taught them some valuable things to carry through life.

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My oldest son also got engaged last year to that pretty little thing on the right 🙂

 

June brought yet another major event. The Divorce

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It’s been a long time coming and we had been separated since about this time 3 years ago.  All the tragedy that was the end of that lifelong love affair had already been dealt with and long since healed from. The finalization just 3 days from what would have been our 25th anniversary, was viewed as a final and official freedom from a distant memory. A clean slate to officially start life anew and build it as I see fit. It’s funny though to consider, how someone who was once your closest ally and bedmate, can become such a stranger over time. It is as it should be though and was a blessing in disguise.

2016 also brought me closer to a lifelong love affair with ART

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As well as buying a camera and beginning to learn to use it manually. The old school me has been painting and mingling. Through association with and being a founding member of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, I have come in contact with some pretty amazing people in our local art community. I’ve made new likeminded friends, strengthened bonds with old ones,

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and for the first time in my livelong life, I participated in showing work in two shows this past year. (as well as creating its logo and media)

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For the Love of Music. 2016 held a lot of live shows!!

 

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One of my faves… Lincoln Durham at Nashville’s Exit/In

 

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2016 saw my first CD cover design and band logo go to print

Through the friendship established with these guys, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of fine musicians this year. I’ve attended a lot of live performances , and it makes me happy. Music decorates the silence as visual art decorates a space. The two are and always will be close to my heart. So in true Dave fashion I wrapped up the year with a New Years Eve performance at the Revelry with Fargo Strut , Stack, Denman, and Nashville Independent Music Association Award winning Killing Grace .

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So no resolutions for me really, I made those 3 years ago. I’m well into my five year plan. I’m on track, making strides daily. This year is about MORE,MORE,MORE. More friends and family time , more art and music, More learning and earning…. New Year , Same Me 🙂

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

YouTube Time Suck

As is the case with youtube… I went on to look for a specific song by Jack White to listen as background music and an hour and a half later …Here I am watching video after video by this young lady. Jess Greenberg.  Not that she isn’t just captivatingly beautiful …but wow she has talent! Her guitar skills are evident in songs like the cover of Pride and Joy , a Stevie Ray Vaughn hit. Or Hendrix, Voodoo Child( Slight Return). But this Stairway to Heaven was something for the ears to sink into and it gave me chills when she hit the ramp up towards the end. I am joining the vast list of new fans.

Do yourself a favor and spend a minute on her channel .