Jan 16, 2014

JAX2013 Conference / Writing / Recording

JAX2013 Conference / Writing / Recording

Although I'm remiss in posting frequently, do not mistake my tardiness of mentioning the JAX2013 for lack of caring.  Man oh man, we had a blast.  I had the pleasure of playing with some incredible musicians and friends from Mission Athens Music (@mathensmusic), as well as some folks I met on this trip.  This included my first experience of playing bass for hip hop/rap, which was a quality jam with Swoope (@mrswoope).

JAX2013 is a Campus Outreach event that takes place between Christmas and New Year's every year.  And while I never attended, a number of my college friends went and loved it.  It did not disappoint.  Jacksonville is a great town, and making music with great guys and gals is one of my favorite things to do.

Coming out of that experience, my good friend Slade Adams (who played violin and guitar at my wedding - HEY I got married in December) and I decided we needed to play music together more often.  We've begun the timeless art of sending GarageBand mp3s and chord charts back and forth via email.  I'm excited to see where this leads.

Ideally, Mission Athens Music will be recording some demos in March, as well as finishing the broad strokes on some new tunes in the mean time.

- @thejustmann

Apr 14, 2013

Athens Americana Festival

Athens Americana Festival

Sooooo... John French and the Bastilles is playing The Melting Point on April 28th as a part of the Athens Americana Festival. I and we are incredibly excited to be involved with this festival. The Melting Point show on the 28th is the closing show for the festival, so it is an honor to be asked to play that night at all. Joe Pug will headline that show. If you are not familiar with Joe Pug, do yourself a favor and look him up pronto. My personal favorite album of his is The Great Despiser. Start there.

With names like Leon Russell, Deer Tick, The Corduroy Road, and Lera Lynn all playing during the festival, we're obviously pumped to kick out the jams at The Melting Point. See you there!

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Jan 21, 2013

More Shows Coming Your Way

More Shows Coming Your Way

Last Thursday night, I was honored to play along with John French and the Bastilles at Eddie Owen's Red Clay Theater in Duluth, GA. Eddie, of course, is most famous for Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA. We were lucky enough to headline and had a great time doing so. Threadbare, Brother and Sam Heilig both played before us and absolutely killed it. We look forward to coming back to Red Clay. It was a great experience. 

All that being said, we're in the process of being booked more throughout the rest of the winter and spring. On the books already, we're opening for Ian Campbell and the Recruits for their CD Release show at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta on February 23. 

Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the life of John French and the Bastilles and @thejustmann.