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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Selfie credit to Carla, as I lifted this from your Instagram, lol

 

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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MY FAMILY

Swearing the Oath

 

Basic Job Description

 

The Cavalry Scout is the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield. When information about the enemy is needed, they call on the Scouts.

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Family Fun

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My kids have always been a tight knit bunch…and crazy! Lol. So much fun to be around!

 

Headed Out to the recruiters office

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The wombmates. My twins

 

 

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At the hotel

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Official Swearing In

 

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Today has been a rollercoaster of emotions, And a very long day. I’ll come back and edit words into this post later… or maybe I won’t. Damn proud to be Dad today though.

 

 

 

The SOAC Mural Art…Start to Finish

 

10 Artists, 11 Days, 1 Incredible Work of Art!!

Wow!! What an incredible adventure this turned out to be, for the Outdoor Adventure Center and the town of Smyrna, AND our growing artist group, the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.

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When Co-op member, Susan Gulley ( Carpe Café/ Carpe Artista ) initially presented this opportunity to the group in one of our monthly meetings, I honestly had some reservations on how a group mural may turn out. Although we have a lot of talent within the membership. Obviously we are all completely different styles of artist.. I for one am proud of how this team pulled together and accomplished the mission at hand with a depth and cohesion that appears as if it had been done for the most part solo.

The Place

The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 100 Sam Ridley Pky E. Within the remodeled Smyrna Event Center.

 

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Opening in the spring of 2017

 

The Artists

From left to right: Phyllis Razzo, Leah Boorse, David Fultz, Jimbo Eanes,  Charles Cole, Suzanne  LeBeau,  Susan Gulley , Larissa Reed , Anna Creel, Gracie Jay Vanlangen

 

 

The Art In Progress

Day 1

It began on Saturday morning at 9am. The 17th of Feb. Working from Phyllis Razzo’s initial watercolor sketch that she composed from a handful of hiking photos and google animals. The idea was to do a woods and water theme which included Tennessee state specific animals, flowers and trees. An education room as it is, the mural would be used as a teaching aid.

 

As Phyllis and I began sketching out the shape of the water and the general placement of things. Larissa jumped into the sky color while Susan planted a large corner tree.

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The day continued with Charles giving a basecoat to the dirt and deciding where some rocks would live. While Leah and her daughter Rocksea began shading the water, Larissa continues the sky.

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End of Day 1

Day 2

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It was an incredible experience for me to watch everyone attack different areas, and how quickly this scene started to look like something. So much vision and understanding in what they see.

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Day 3 and 4

Unfortunately for me I missed out on the fun due to work . But was amazed to see how many things had “grown” while I was away As Phyllis, Susan, Leah, Suzzanne and Larissa kept painting away.

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Day 5

By day 5 we had enough of a foundation for the animals to begin showing up.

13 year old Anna Creel brought a nice raccoon to the scene. One of Larissa’s art students, this child gets it!! I saw her artwork in the first Smyrna Art Crawl  last year and I could not believe the drawing ability of a 12 year old. I’m glad we had the chance to include her on this project and hope it encourages her towards bigger things in her future art career.

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Suzanne paints as I search for the right shade of SmallMouth Bass color

 

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Day 6

Progress continues and it’s really coming together quite beautifully

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At this stage, the background trees have a nice shape and shadow. Larissa has the depth of our forest coming together and I’m getting really anxious for that white extinguisher box to disappear. 🙂

The Next 3 Days

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Red tailed Hawk Referenced from the wildlife photos of Bob Timmerman, of Wizardpix Photography fame. Big Thank you to Bob for all the inspiring work! We could fill the wall with your birds and animal photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ahhh, Much better 🙂 What a difference it made to the entire scene when ( former Artist Cooperative President ) Jimbo Eanes came in to work his magic and made this unsightly box disappear into the hole in the tree.
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Thanks to another one of Larissa’s art students… 16 year old Gracie brought us a nice coyote to sit near my rattlesnake. I love to see young artist involved!!   And I love the touch added in the distant dark of lightning bugs. This group has thought of everything.!

One thing that amazed me with this group, which turned out to be 10 in all. Was the ability to work together cohesively like we had done it before. Though we started with a sketch and a general direction. Several beautifully creative minds and a lot of “what if we did this?”‘s later it just all came together. It isn’t always easy to do that with artists and their singular visions, Where I may be weak they picked up and vice versa . I could start an animal and come back to it finished , and it worked! A very enriching process to say the least!

Wrapping it up

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This could have went on for weeks, refining and adding detail, But at some point you have to call it done. There are over 30, State of Tennessee symbols, flowers, animals, or state specific items included in this educational wall, Including a Saber-tooth tiger fossil, and representations of thousands year old Native American artifacts found here by a collector friend of mine.  I think collectively as artists , we are all very pleased with the end result. Something bigger than any of us individually. Not only did we succeed in giving the town of Smyrna exactly what they asked for, I believe, together, we exceeded expectations. The best part of this journey for me though is that I think we all became a little more of an art family through this process. We laughed together, and shared some music. (Sorry if you didn’t like it, lol)  Scratched our heads and wondered together , We were inspired together . As Vice President of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, THAT was worth the trip!

 

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Included in our signature rock is a Cherokee pictograph , the symbol for “WE” as arrowhead artifacts lie near the waters edge. The hand print (painted in purple for Smyrna) reminiscent of the painted war ponies, signifies Success. Mission Accomplished!!

Well Done Team! I cant say enough about each and every one who came together to make this happen in 254 combined man hours. May the children of Smyrna enjoy it for years to come!

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The Smyrna Artist Cooperative meets monthly to promote art and opportunities for artists. Feel free to contact me for more details!

 

 

Amos Moses and the Legend

Back on Feb. 10, I was at the Exit/In to see my friends Killing Grace and a few other bands play a cancer benefit show. That’s where I had the pleasure of meeting Chad Rowland. Guitarist for Amos Moses… I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as I had never seen these guys before, But  I was blown away by their bluesy rocking sound! I was finally getting around to emailing him some pictures and thought Id share a few here.

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Matthew Edmonson lead singer of Killing Grace enjoying the show!

 

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Couldn’t find any of the music on youtube, but this song by Jerry Reed will let you know where the name came from with their big Cajun frontman . Haha,  Enjoy!

10 Artists,11 Days…1 incredible work of Art

On Feb 17 2017 Our local art group joined forces to do a mural for the soon to open Outdoor Adventure Center in Smyrna Tn…Start to finish story coming soon…

 

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Day 1, the basic placement of things to come

 

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Suzanne helping to bring it all together

 

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13 year old Anna dropped in to add some nice touches

 

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More from day 1.. Phyllis , Leah , and Larissa making it happen

 

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Almost done

Stay tuned for the final photos and artist spotlights from the Smyrna Artist Cooperative

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I bought a Boorse!!

All of my life I’ve been inspired by skilled craftsmen in the arts. People who have dedicated their blood sweat and tears to developing the gifts they have been given, and living out their passion to create. Through that love of art and inspiration, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some incredible people as well as damn fine artists through a little group called the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.(group project post, coming soon) 🙂  That is where I had the “chance” meeting with Leah Boorse and her family.

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That being said, I don’t believe in things happening by chance, We are intended to cross paths with certain people, and who knows in the beginning where those roads lead. But if the mind is open, more often than not, doors open too.  In that same vein, Sometimes things happen that could be called accidents, or mishaps , if you choose to see them as such…  but just maybe the end result is better than where you started….So is the case with this work of art that I recently purchased.

An incredible work of art with a great story behind it. 🙂

 

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18×24 Pencil drawing with acrylic touches

 

I saw this piece when it was finished and really liked it and the skill with which it is drawn…  Kudos to that. But when I saw the direction it took after a painting mishap with Leah’s  daughter working in the studio… I absolutely loved it! The color against the graphite really makes the picture pop. Plus the fact that it is a woman covered in paint after a day in the studio…even sexier 🙂 I had to have it!!

To see more art by this artist and perhaps own some for yourself.. Check out

Leah Boorse at paintingpositiity.com