You know, sometimes you are lucky enough to find a friend who you just click with on a special level. Someone who pushes you in ways no one else does. Sometimes you get even luckier and get to make music with that person. For several years now, such has been the case with me. The result is a group called The Carolina Stomp (Facebook, Instagram).
Back in 2015, we released an EP (Apple Music, Spotify) and, over the last year or so, we’ve been back in the shed. Writing new songs, releasing one (These Hills), and working on a whole batch of others to release in the near future. We work together a lot but it’s kind of rare we get to sit in the same recording space together. After writing and recording These Hills remotely, We decided we needed to basically use that as a demo and take some time to both be in the same room at the same time working on the same song. So that’s what we did. The results, at least as I see it, were pretty great.
So here it is! Check out this lyric video and then swing over to any of these platforms and follow, add, buy, whatever you prefer. You can also help make creating more music a little easier with a small tip!
A few months ago, a good friend shot me a text and asked if I would be interested in working with his family of party/corporate bands. A couple convos later and I happily joined the team as music director.
I had Adam play and sing a good bit in environments that I directed over and I sub-contracted a few times with his 80’s tribute band Members Only and the 90’s version of that, Can’t Hardly Wait (along with others, both under the ATL Party Bands umbrella-ella-ella).
The gig? Involves a lot of nerd stuff. Transitioning the band over to Ableton (for tracks playback), some audio system tweaking (mostly to accommodate the new playback setup), performing with the groups, and, of course, all the (not so) glamorous MD stuff. This is literally everything I love about my world and it has already been a lot of fun.
(You can read the official announcement post here)
So there you have it! When public shows are a thing again, come out and hear one of these incredible bands. If you need a band for a private event, look around the ATL Party Bands website and find the perfect fit.
It is so good to finally be writing this post announcing the March 2, 2021 release of my new album, Music for Study and Meditation. I’ll have more info for you in the coming weeks but check out this teaser and be sure follow me on social media. I’ll be posting preorder/add info there.
I hope you are all having a fantastic start to your fall! I know it’s hard to keep things positive right now, but you got this! You’re freaking awesome.
As for me, I’m happier than a puppy with…never mind. The pandemic has been crazy for everyone. And, almost all of my live event work – as you can imagine – has turned into studio, video, and podcast work. I’ve been on both sides of the camera (hint hint at an upcoming YouTube series) and both sides of the mic and I gotta say, I have really enjoyed it.
I’ve also been playing and writing a lot. I’m about two-thirds of the way through the writing process for an album of meditation/study music and have been writing and recording with an old friend for a project we hope to release soon.
Short of the long, I’ve packed in a lot of music over the last couple months. Like aging wine, soon enough these projects will be ready to jump off their respective shelves and slap you in the face with awesome.
If you haven’t already, head on over to Insta and Twitter and hit those follow buttons! See you there!
I got to (virtually) hang out with some of my favorite musicians and throw down on the low notes for a cover of The Darkness’ I Believe In A Think Called Love. It was a freakin’ blasty blast and I hope you dig it!
These guys are (for real) some of my favorite peeps on the planet. After you watch the vid , go check them all out…
Grayson Barton (Guitar) has one of the best studios I know of. It may very well be my favorite place to spend time. He’s also an awesome guy and a crazy good musician. Check his IG at @starscreamstudio or website at www.starscreamstudio.com
On Drums, we have Casey Cooper. Over 2.5 MILLION subscribers on the YouTubes. Crazy good. Used to light his sticks on fire but I think he’s gotten help for that. IG: @Coop3rdrumm3rYouTube: Coop3r Drumm3r
I’m so pumped to tell you about the latest track I finished and posted. It was written for a competition held by Spitfire Audio and HBO. The challenge was to write a cue for a chase scene from a season 3 episode of Westworld. I love the show and I love writing music to picture so I had to do it. Check it out below and let me know what you think! Also, take a sec and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
I hope this note finds you all healthy and sane! The other day, I slapped the internet in the face with a fancy-nancy cover video of Dua Lipa’s fabulous track, Don’t Start Now. It’s such a fun tune and the bass line is a blast. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a throwback to the post-disco boogie style with funky bass, clean guitar, and great synths.
Family! I dropped a new track for your listening pleasure! You can buy/stream it on all your favorite platforms AND you can watch the official music video on YouTube (see below) or on my IGTV (c.ho_the_musical). Check it out and let me know what you think!
Back in December, I got asked to lay down some bass for this EP. Needless to say it was a blasty-blast. Everything except bass (I recorded remotely) was tracked and mixed at one of my favorite places on the planet, Starscream Studio. The EP dropped Jan of 2020 and is available pretty much everywhere so go check it out!