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    Sunday
    Feb262017

    Calling all musicians: submit original music to the Resolution of Happiness compilation!

    Hello, friends!

    I'm going to curate a compilation called "Resolition of Happiness, a Radical Resistance Compilation." It will be released on my label, Trimming the Shield Records. The proceeds will benefit Lambda Legal, an incredible legal resource for the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in contributing! For you ease, there is also a Facebook event for it. Details below. Thanks for stopping by!

    WHAT: A music compilation to be digitally released by Trimming the Shield Records
    HOW: Submit an original piece of music
    WHY: Participate in the resistance by pursuing your own happiness
    WHEN: Submissions are open from February 23 to April 23, 2017

    Let's be radically resistant. Let's be happy and purposeful and loud together. Happiness is not pretend, escape or denial. It is our right - even amidst this time of turmoil, anger confusion. We are still allowed to seek happiness in whatever way(s) we each define it. If you are interested, have questions, doubts, excitement or cheer, send to: trimmingtheshieldrecords@gmail.com. More details about how to participate will be announced in coming weeks.

    THANK YOU.

    "Hope will never be silent."
    -Harvey Milk

    "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
    -Helen Keller

    Tuesday
    Oct252016

    Two music videos and a Halloween single from Friendship Commanders!

    Hello, all! 

    What a year for music this has been! Friendship Commanders released our debut full-length, DAVE, as well as music videos for "Animals of Pride" and "NMA." Check them out if you haven't already! Then, just this past Friday, October 21, we released our fourth annual Halloween single. This year, we covered a lesser known band, Iodine. Iodine were active in the Nashville rock scene in the 1990s, but never quite got the attention they deserved. "Swan Dive" is the opening track to their second (and last) album, Baby Grand. Friendship Commanders have added it to our roster of Halloween covers to raise awareness around addiction as well as money for MusiCares, a wonderful organization which advocates for the well-being of musicians. Money will be donated in memory of Chris Feinstein, bassist for Iodine. The Nashville scene did a nice piece about the FC cover; be sure to read it.

    Make sure to keep up with Friendship Commanders' tour dates. You can now track us on BandsInTown, which makes life so much easier! Happy Autumn, and thanks for stopping by!

    -BA

    Tuesday
    Apr192016

    Watch the video for "Animals of Pride" by Friendship Commanders!

    Hello!

    I'm so happy to share this work with you all. This is the first music video by my band, Friendship Commanders. We made it ourselves using only our phones. It was shot in three cemeteries in Nashville and two in Franklin TN. We hope you enjoy it! If you'd like to keep up with what we're doing, I've added links below.

    Thanks!

    BA

    Thursday
    Aug202015

    D'Addario!

    Hello!

    I'm thrilled to announce that I've officially become part of the D'Addario/Planet Waves family. I've been playing their strings for easily fifteen years and couldn't be happier about this new development. I proudly play their NYXL series (size 10/46 on the Gibson Nighthawk, and size 11/49 on the SG), and they've become essential to the sound of Friendship Commanders.

    Speaking of the ol' FC, we have a new EP coming out on October 17th, as part of Cassette Store Day 2015. It's called GARFIELD. Can't wait for you to hear it. We'll be on WRFN Nashville next Thursday, August 27th, talking with The Real Music City about that and everything else we're up to at present. We'll even be playing a few songs live in the studio. Tune in at 9 pm CST to catch it.

    That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by.

    Rock,

    BA

    Wednesday
    Apr222015

    "Brother Blue"

    Hey friends, 

    I've decided to release this song, "Brother Blue," as a single today. It was one of two songs I performed at the Re-Visioning Justice conference last week, the other being a brand new piece called "Relievers." I wrote this song in 2008 as part of a body of work that I intended to turn into an album called Love & Lightning. Somehow the project never happened, and other than being played during some solo live performances in the years that followed, the songs haven't done much. When I was asked to perform at the conference, I dusted this one off to see if it still rang true enough for me to bring it out all these years later. It did. It does.

    As I was leaving the conference, a woman stopped me and asked if there was a recording of "Brother Blue" that she could purchase. I told her the truth, that there wasn't. She looked quite disappointed. She told me that she wanted to give it to someone whose loved one was about to be incarcerated. I decided to record it for them. Jerry Roe and Derek Wells were both available and willing to contribute their talents and time to the recording, and here it is. I decided to make it publicly available just because it felt so good to reconnect with the song, and maybe it will resonate with someone else out there. 

    Any money that is made from this recording will be donated to Jail Guitar Doors, an organization that works to provide inmates with music equipment as a means for rehabilitation. I believe in rehabilitation and recovery, for all of us. I believe in finding ways to be compassionate and supportive. 

    Maybe Love & Lightning will get made someday, maybe not. But, it sure has been sweet to visit with this old friend for a couple of days. Enjoy, and thank you for supporting work with purpose.

    Rock,

    BA