Back on my Bloggin' Tip...
Yeah, so I've not yet gotten the habit of this blogging thing yet, ok? I guess letting a few months pass between entries leaves me with an abundance of topics to possibly touch on, but I'll attempt to stick to a few.
In the past few months, so much has happened- numerous tour dates and performances, travel abroad, video shoots and releases, and collaborations to come, and of course the elephant (and donkey) in the room which is the current election cycle. I must admit that has been quite entertaining to say the least. There has also been quite a few losses within the scene, one of which hit close to home, as Gangstagrass lost our manager and dear friend- Louis Meyers, a phenomenally cool dude and great banjo player.
So, here are the highlights:
I'd like to send a shout to Slo Poke, who shot and directed my video for "Hear Me Nah," which we filmed in my hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Looking forward to doing more with this talented artist. His crew has got quite a movement going in the city, so be on the lookout for good things out of his camp.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to accompany my wife, son, and family to Cuba, and reconnected with friends and artists that we connected with on our first trip down, and made a bunch of new friends in the process. See the video below to get a peek at the project Michelle Angela's been working on in Havana (My lady's got mad skills!) and the link to her site to see more of her work around the globe. There's more from this trip to show, but I'll save that for the next post.
As always, the Gangstagrass crew has been spreading the love across the US, striking new ground and packing in crowds. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to jam with such a talented group of friends as we see all the smiling faces both familiar and new. Our first round of shows this year have been sold-out blowouts, with afterparty jams that have been so full of good energy and crazy awesome performances and collaborations. (Shout outs to ... & branch, Sweet Nola's, Captain Kirk, and the Plank Stompers!) We'll be hitting the road again in April for the Brass Knuckle Barn Dance Tour, rocking the West coast and rounding it out in NYC, so get ready to party when we touch down!
Back in the lab
I've been back in the lab between touring, working with some pretty cool artists. I'm pretty psyched about the creative energy that's been building lately, and the talented people we've been crossing paths with. That being said, be on the lookout for new stuff from Mental Advisory Implicit Lyrics crew and friends in the near future.
Anyways, before this turns into a TLDR; post, I'd like to say thanks to all that have bought, played, dowloaded, or picked up hard copies of Official Soundtrack To A Work In Progress at shows, and the DJs who have putting songs into rotation. It means the world to me that I can share this project with you. Also, thanks for all the kind words and positive vibes sent from you all about the project.
PS: the store will be back up soon, we have the Mental T's &Tanks (now available in gold and silver), and the reissues of the Pimpsacola T's for those that rep the "850". (For those who can't wait, hit up my Facebook page with a message and I'll send the direct link for purchase)
RIP Phife Dawg