Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Vocabulary of a One-Year-Old

A vocabulary test on (<-- careful) has been burning up Facebook the last couple of days. It's multiple choice, but I tried to find answers that maybe revealed some humanity or suggested larger ideas. It makes me seem really smart, so hopefully that means I win. We'll call this a poem.


love :: life
much :: deal
child :: forget
large :: faded
deal :: plea
companion :: fool
trash :: crack
above :: work
specify :: assail
fall :: succeed
fly :: drink
spade :: needle
done :: squeaked
beg :: recant
lax :: neurotic
quash :: enumerate
minor :: crude
drab :: admissible
related :: alien
annoying :: clicker
incipient :: capricious
widow :: fiend
omen :: demand
querulous :: fractious
hightail :: surmise
gargantuan :: promiscuous


tell :: old
yep :: yes
try :: come
unable :: active
dangerous :: sadness
obey :: distant
punish :: narrow
break :: separate
standard :: normal
nasty :: foul
extortion :: compensate
inept :: acquiesce
aerate :: adamant
sluggish :: alienate
aver :: avulse
current :: catalyst
inimical :: amorphous
buoyant :: aggrieved
physicist :: apologist
yoke :: avarice
provoker :: alacrity
apocrypha :: altruism
needy :: affinity
inveigled :: baneful

Patrick McCurry, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

S/S Marie Robertson Featured at JCSM After Hours (6/23/2016)

I am conspicuously lax about doing posts about events that I'm involved promoting and even performing. Feel free to analyze this in the comments, and my apologies to anyone else involved who thinks my efforts here would have possibly gotten more ears and eyeballs pointed toward our projects.


Marie Robertson
Marie Robertson does lots of things. One is that she writes songs. Another is that she sings those songs and other songs while playing the piano. She'll be performing for the newly dubbed JCSM After Hours this Thursday (6/23/2016). Here's an event page on the museum's website. Learn more about Marie at this post on the museum's blog.

The museum's weekly 5-8pm offering has been, for the last couple years, featuring mainly jazz, and mainly the music of Cullars Improvisational Rotation, a trio I'm in that serves as kind of an extension to the ambient, folk-inspired jazz concept of guitarist Dan Mackowski (more at We, or kind of an alternate version of the group without two of its three members, will open for Marie on Thursday. Guitarist Taylor Pierce and bassist Ben Young will join me.

Lately, we've been mixing up the kinds of music presented at After Hours. Last week we hosted a live-music milonga (tango night) with Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta and the Auburn Argentine Tango Group. In the upcoming weeks, we'll have other jazz groups, a kind of classical music jam session we'll call a musicale, Indian music, Iranian music maybe, and who knows what else. As the museum's site says...
"Hear original songs, jazz, classical, cultural, and sometimes adventurous music fill the pristine spaces at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University."
The museum's Facebook page is a good place to keep up with what's happening Thursday nights. We're trying to make it a place to hang out after work, have a drink or two and a bite to eat, watch the sunset, and hear good music.

Auburn: A Muscle Shoals Review with the Amy Black Band - Sundilla, 7/14/2016

I got an e-mail from Sundilla. Go to to sign up and get them yourself. Got a release for an upcoming show in the area? Send to


On July 14, the Sundilla music series will return to its original venue with a special concert co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, and featuring A Muscle Shoals Revue with the Amy Black Band. The show takes place at Pebble Hill, 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn. Showtime is 7:30, and admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Pebble Hill, Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at

Amy Black and her talented band present a high energy show with a mix of soul, blues, country and rock-n-roll. Amy's third solo release, The Muscle Shoals Sessions (June 2015) was recorded at historic FAME studios in her family's homeland of Muscle Shoals, AL and features Spooner Oldham, an original Muscle Shoals Swamper. The result was, "a blend of sultry desire, ardent passion...a sound that's both tough and tender" (Relix). "To showcase her true potential as a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter, Amy Black had to go home. Black's soulful chops shine" (Elmore).

In July 1993, an outdoor concert was held on the lawn at Pebble Hill; that was the first concert in what was to become The Sundilla Concert Series. In the 23 years since, Sundilla has become one of the premier concert series in the southeast; about 13 times per year performers from across the country, and the world, take the Sundilla stage at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and bring the best of the world's music to Auburn.

Sundilla president Bailey Jones says that putting this concert together "was one of those things where everything came together at the same time. We were approached by the folks at Pebble Hill about doing a Sundilla concert there. I started to look at their available dates, and one of them filled a hole in Amy Black's schedule. Amy and I had been trying to schedule a Sundilla show for years, and not only did this date work out perfectly, but Amy is currently touring with a full band for her Muscle Shoals Revue. The band has too many members to fit on the stage at our usual venue, so this is a great opportunity to get Amy and her band to Auburn, and to highlight the great new listening space that has been created at Pebble Hill."

"It should be a great time for everybody," Jones said. "Amy will perform those Muscle Shoals classics that everybody knows, by folks like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Mavis Staples, Bobby Gentry, Bob Dylan and many others, as well as some originals that capture the spirit and soul of Muscle Shoals."

Though chairs and some tables will be available, Jones encourages everyone to bring a folding chair "just in case. And coolers will be allowed, but glass will not; plastic and aluminum only, please. Like all Sundilla concerts, we'll have some free food and coffee, but anyone who wants to bring their own food, or their favorite beverage, can do so."

In the case of inclement weather, the show will moved inside.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Martha’s Trouble to Rehab Historical Opelika House into Studio/Creative Space

I received a nice news release about Martha's Trouble doing the headline of this post. Got a news release? Send it to me at

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Jen & Rob Slocumb of
Martha's Trouble
Husband-and-wife folk/rock duo Martha’s Trouble (aka Rob and Jen Slocumb) have purchased a historical Victorian house, originally built in 1910, in downtown Opelika, AL, and have already begun work on rehabbing the abode into a creative studio space in their hometown. The renovation should take approximately five months.

“We’ve wanted to do this for about four years, and we looked at a number of potential locations including warehouses,” says Rob.

“This particular house came available in February,” adds Jen, “and we liked the look of it and the vibe of the place. We wanted something that would be part of the town, to help support and grow the arts scene here, to support the community, and a space that would inspire artistic endeavors and creativity.”

The completed facility will be known as The Sound Wall. The Slocumbs are hoping to provide a small town recording experience in a premiere space. Two studio rooms are planned for the first floor. The rooms can be used for recording, rehearsals, writing sessions, post-editing video, photo shoots, video shoots, and will be available for special events. A gourmet kitchen with a large family-style farm table will allow local chefs to prepare meals on-site for visiting artists and bands. A one-bedroom apartment will be housed upstairs, offering lodging to artists using the studios downstairs or to people who want an inspiring place to stay in town.

1910 Opelika house set to be transformed
into The Sound Wall.
The Slocumbs moved to Opelika from Canada ten years ago. “We are always asked, ‘Why did you move here?’” says Jen. “And really the short answer is we felt–and still do–that there is something special about the Auburn/Opelika area. Now that we are touring less and spending more time at home raising a family, we are very passionate about contributing to our local community.”

“We hope The Sound Wall will become an extension to the already existing and expanding arts community,” adds Rob.

Martha’s Trouble, called “a hidden gem” by Billboard Magazine, is known for its signature sound of folk and country twang, which has been praised by some of the most influential and well-respected music critics of our time. Martha’s Trouble has been listed and featured in the aforementioned Billboard Magazine, as well as USA Today, AOL Music, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Performing Songwriter. Their songs have received awards and have been featured in the show “Army Wives” and made-for-TV movies on Lifetime and CBS. The duo’s band name comes from a Bible story about Martha and Mary, one that they say is a reminder to stop and smell the roses and to keep an eye on the bigger picture and the important things in life.

In late 2015, Martha’s Trouble offered some new additions to their holiday repertoire with two digital singles, “River” and “White Christmas,” which followed on the success of two independent holiday albums, Christmas Lights (2002) and This Christmas (2008). Prior to that, they also released: Jen Coates’ Seed Sessions (2014), A Little Heart Like You (2012), Anchor Tattoo (2011), EP (2008), Forget October (2006), Still (2003), Sleeping Dogs (2002), and The Road Ahead (2000).

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pierce Pettis Plays Sundilla 5/6/2016

Pierce Pettis
Photo by Rodney Bursiel.
Below is from Sundilla. Pettis's website is MAL.

Legendary Alabama songwriter Pierce Pettis returns to the Sundilla Concert Series on Friday, May 6. Showtime at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is 7:30 pm, and admission at the door is $15, $12 for students. Advance tickets are $12 and available at Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at There will be free coffee, tea, water and food, though as always attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

You know you've got a shot when Joan Baez covers one of your songs. That's what sparked the career of Pierce Pettis in 1979 when Baez chose to include "Song at the End of the Movie" on her Honest Lullaby. From there, Pettis was involved with the Fast Folk movement in New York in the '80s alongside artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. He continued to write songs and eventually embarked on his solo career in 1987, releasing CDs that garnered much critical praise, as well as praise from other artists who started recording Pettis songs. Among them were Dar Williams, who snagged "Family" for her Mortal City disc, and Garth Brooks, who recorded "You Move Me" for his hit Sevens. Read more.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Neptune's Car Plays Sundilla Friday (4/22/2016)

Neptune's Car is Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes.
More at
Got an e-mail from Sundilla about an upcoming Neptune's Car concert this Friday (4/22). You can get the same e-mails about this local (Auburn) music series that features folk, singer/songwriter, americana and more. Sign up at

Also, the best way to get me to post anything about whatever show you have coming up is to e-mail me at I don't always have time to scan the calendars anymore, so an e-mail with a writeup that's easy to cut and paste makes it more doable. Below is from Sundilla...


Award-winning duo Neptune's Car make their long-awaited Sundilla debut on Friday, April 22. Showtime at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is 7:30 PM; admission at the door will be $15, but advance tickets cost just $12 and are available at Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at Students admission is just $12. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, but the audience is welcome to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

...It is impossible to describe Neptune's Car without using the word "harmony." Holly's light soprano blends perfectly with Steve's warm tenor. From there, vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies nestle in inviting arrangements, telling stories rich in detail, with lyrics as beautiful as the poet's work. Music critics have not been shy when writing about Neptune's Car, with lines such as "there are hints of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss but Neptune's Car do not need to be compared to any other artists. This is a strong musical duo whose music can stand on its own two feet." Read more.