In my last blog, I discussed personal identifications and how they mold our minds over time, opining that a sane response to the collective paralysis we witness within our world is to honestly assess our own identifications and the ways they influence our behavior. In pursuing such a course, one begins to take a more conscious approach to life, unlearning things they once took for granted. But how exactly does one undertake such an endeavor? I suppose there are as many answers as there are people walking the planet. But for my part, I started at the beginning, drawing on available sources of knowledge, as well as practicing a deeper relationship with my own intuition.
"I love Ed Dupas’ 2015 record, ‘A Good American Life’. I must have played tracks off it on my radio show 50 times, so you know it’s a good day when something new from Ed drops through your mailbox. The latest ‘Tennessee Night’, banged out in 3 days and tracked live is an arse kicker of a record, “garage country” at its finest, owning it is a measure of how cool you are, just saying."
"This is a highly satisfying slice of blue collar Americana, with grit and grace in just the right ratio. Dupas may be from the home of the Stooges and MC5, but instead he chooses to kick out the classic Steve Earle-esque jams in a contemporary manner not too dissimilar to the likes of Sturgill Simpson. Even the album’s title guides us to points South, as Ed pays respect to the Volunteer State."
Ed Dupas' new record will soon be released and he'll be celebrating with full band performances May 18th/19th at the One Trick Pony in Grand Rapids, MI and Johnny's Speakeasy in Ann Arbor, MI respectively! The May 18th show in Grand Rapids is free and open to the public. Ticket's for Johnny's Speakeasy on May 19th are limited and they're on sale now!
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On July 12th, 13th, and 14th, Michael "Colenel" Crittenden, Rod Avsharian (drums), James Simonson (bass), and Drew Howard (steel, electric guitar) joined me at Mackinaw Harvest Studios to record 11 new songs which will constitute the follow of to A Good American Life.