Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Newsletter




New official website, tale of the Willow Tree Art Vendetta, the WDVX radio show, tour dates, and 2014 recap.
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January

While you decompress from the holidays, finish off that eggnog, and finish scraping Uncle Louie's turkey matter from the bottom your oven, enjoy this month's special music news:
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Winter 2015 Tour Dates:
01/16 - Cleveland, TN - Bonlife Coffee, 6PM
01/23 - Maryville, TN - Relay For Life Benefit at Vienna Coffee Co, 6:30PM
02/06 - Wilmore, KY - Asbury University 
02/20 - Cookeville, TN - Poet's Coffee
02/21 - Cookeville, TN - Landry House Concert, 7PM
03/06 - Indianapolis, IN - Foundry Provisions
03/07- Indianpolis, IN - Redeemer Presbyterian Church
03/20 - Johnson City, TN - ETSU Wesley Foundation, 7PM

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On The Interwebs
First of all, I have launched my official website! It's www.brandonwadley.com where you can find a current update of concerts, photos, video, a biography, and much more. Please share it with you friends as it is the mothership of all things internet for the music. Visit here!

WDVX Blue Plate Special / Ugly Christmas Sweater Party


(photo by Joy Wadley)

On December 18, 2014, I had the privilege to sing on the 89.9FM WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. Joining me were my wife Katie and good friend Chris Hickman, and it was a blast. Super weird singing to a live studio audience, but it was fun nonetheless. You can hear every gritty detail of the live performance on this double platinum recording. Later that evening, I participated in Vienna Coffee Co.'s own 3rd(?) Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Concert with Grady Milligan and many more unique local musicians. Always good being in Maryville.

Remastering "The Listening Room"
Since a few days before Christmas, I have been in the process of remixing 2013's "The Listening Room" and sending it off to a professional mastering engineer to be re-released in the next few weeks. I think releasing it in its definitive form will be cathartic in many ways. The same may happen to "In the Morning" as well. Everyone on this email list and whoever bought "The Listening Room" online in its original form will be given a free download of the new edition, so keep posted! I'll send a quick e-mail out when that is underway for release.

"Shared Pieces" (and the Tale of the Willow Tree Art Vendetta)



2015 has already started out with a bang... and a collapsed table, an arrest, and the works. January 6, 2015 marked the exhibition of the photo gallery "Shared Pieces," curated by the extremely talented Anna Hedges and Katie Snyder, and was the first concert of my 2015 tour. Anna and Katie went to Uganda to teach refugee and orphaned children about creating art and artistic freedom. Maybe a flighty endeavor with the language barrier and cultural differences, but the result was amazing. The photoset is comprised of photos taken solely by the children themselves and it turned out to be a riveting display about the inside lives of Ugandan children. The event was a fundraiser to help support an organization called AKA Hope, organized by a couple who have lived in Uganda and are now moving to Colorado but hope to carry on the organization. The show was beautiful and I was glad to design the backdrop banner^ and provide the music.

HOWEVER, in the middle "Autumn Song," after the second verse, a large bearded man walked into the room, climbed a table near the wall, climbed up onto the sound booth, saying, "This needs to come down." He proceeded to forcibly pull down THREE $1000 paintings from the wall about 20 feet off the ground until the table he was standing on gave way and he FELL AND FLIPPED MY MERCH TABLE NOT EVEN KIDDING. I leapt from the stage with the 8-year-old boy in me ready to tackle someone and while several men jeered him on for "being so dumb for doing that, you're so stupid," a man escorted him out. (Unrelated to the parody bio written for me in 2012.) To avoid the tension left in the room, I jumped back on stage, made a couple jokes, and kept on playing.

Collateral damage: 4 shattered mugs and donations jar from the merch table. Thankfully no one was hurt, the massive 10' loose rusted sheet metal wasn't pulled down from the wall, and the paintings are generally fine. The (quite drunk) man was apparently harassing the owners of the venue, didn't get what he wanted, and took out his wrath on the paintings. He was arrested and the venue is pressing charges. All in all, the show was a success and a ton of fun. I'll always have a good story to tell in between songs now.

Here is a drawing of the incident by an eye witness named Seth:



And here's what's left of the merch table:



The only mug left over? The one that says "You're in good hands." No coincidence.

Mugs
Katie and I have made a collection of mugs (which were mostly all destroyed, see above) that we're selling at shows. I mean, you can wear a t-shirt once a week, but a mug you can use every day! We're making more, so f you have a song lyric you want specifically, contact me and I'll be glad to make one for you. At a possibly fully intact merch table near you.



2014
This past year was amazing. Katie and I got married, released "In the Morning," we started this email list, and am on my way to graduating university and seeing where the music will go after that. I'm hopeful and I believe the hard work and steps of faith are going to reach people with the music in beautiful ways. This year could not have been possible musically without all of you who came to shows, bought merchandise, made me feel nice by "liking" things, and giving wonderful encouragement. Thank you.

Winter 2015 Tour Dates:
01/16 - Cleveland, TN - Bonlife Coffee, 6PM
01/23 - Maryville, TN - Relay For Life Benefit at Vienna Coffee Co, 6:30PM
02/06 - Wilmore, KY - Asbury University
02/20 - Cookeville, TN - Poet's Coffee
02/21 - Cookeville, TN - Landry House Concert, 7PM
03/06 - Indianapolis, IN - Foundry Provisions
03/07- Indianpolis, IN - Redeemer Presbyterian Church
03/20 - Johnson City, TN - ETSU Wesley Foundation, 7PM

www.brandonwadley.com

Happy New Year!
Love, Brandon and Katie

brandonwadleymusic@gmail.com

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