Looking at the world around me, I witness a great deal of sadness, stress, and confusion regarding life in the modern age. As time continues its forward march, what remains of our utopian hopes seems to be fading, while our dystopian fears appear to be realizing a steady crescendo. Gone are the rallying cries of a "shining beacon on a hill", as day-to-day we find ourselves inundated by messages of fear and inevitable decline. As this process unfolds, we find ourselves beginning to question life on a grander scale, at times wondering what hope there is for us to find in a world spinning out of control. I maintain, as always, that there is hope to be found in reason, should we choose to embody it. In considering utopianism vs dystopianism, reason has something very simple to tell us, and given the state of the world around us, I find it to be an optimistic message.
"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.