Recently, I was interviewed by Appalachian Vibes, a new radio show on 101.5 The Mountain hosted by an old friend Amanda Bocchi. It was a pleasant experience, I was able to talk about “The Red Room” and give some more insight on the song writing and recording process. Along with the interview, I played some acoustic versions of a few of the song off the new release. They set me up to record in The Fret Mill, a great guitar shop in downtown Roanoke that has been a staple around here for years. The rest of the interview we did in the basement of The Shelf House
It has already aired on radio but you can listen to the episode I’m featured on here: Episode 3: Marshall Hicks, Radar Rose, Young Bull
Spent last weekend preparing my latest release. The Red Room is a small home studio / office I have set up in The Shelf House. I used it a lot when I was recording the Star City Punkcast with Tara Hicks and Savana Perdue, a podcast for local and reginal punk rock music, shows, and news. It’s also a place where I can work on ideas, make demos, listen to music (critically or for enjoyment), and all the other home officey stuff you’d think.
I keep a Baldwin spinet piano in there and a few other instruments so whenever I get the creative itch I can scratch it quickly. Throughout 2017 & 2018 I made several recordings of mostly piano based songs on a Tascam 2488 porta studio. I have share a few song from this up coming release but very excited about share all the tunes and move on to the next stuff.
No official release date yet but I did want to share the art work.
Happy winter solstice here is a 3 song EP rightfully titled “Unsung”. Here are 3 home recordings that have been on the shelf for some time. The 1st track, “Should Have Know Better Than That”, may sound familiar to some. I had performed it solo a few times and later with Shared Skeletons.
Unsung. Home recordings. Old times. New Feelings.
With the New Year rolling in so are the gigs and events! Virginia Electric has played a couple of shows now and getting into the rhythm. This week we play one of our favorites in town, Martin’s Downtown. We are starting to book outside of Roanoke as well, with a few shows out in Danville already booked and a even a wedding! So watch out for us in 2017.
Hosted a great show at The Shelf House on January 13th. Check out these great photos from Brian Muncy ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The Shelf House
Virginia Electric teamed up with Will Sellari and Dave Perry to flim a live recording of one of our original songs “Built To Last” Video should be out early next year.
So my new band Virginia Electric has finished our very 1st demo for your listening pleasure. Follow this link Virginia Electric’s Bandcamp and give it a listen for free. If you download (name your price!!!) you will receive an extra hidden track. If you dig what you hear Like us on our Facebook and keep up with with us on news and show announcements.
I know what you are thinking… It’s July and close to 100 degrees everyday why are you putting out a song about winter coats?
This song has just as much to do with the summer time heat as much as the winter coat that is in your closet right now.
I rarely have ever played the blues let alone try to write a blues tune, but this is a straight up blues song and I don’t think it could have been done any other way.
This was written and recorded in one day and mixed the next. I sat on my porch and wrote the words while strumming my acoustic guitar to the busy street in front of me. Words were inspired by a few conversations I had over the last few days with a friend of mine, and the winter coat thing just stuck in my head.
No one is thinking about their winter coat now and when winter comes back will you even wear the same one you did last year? Sometimes you can start to feel that way yourself with relationships, friendships, and just connecting with society.
Working on more new songs, this one has a different feel so here it is, enjoy!