“How do I know there will be a tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!” – Phil Connors, Groundhog Day
Families are strange and wonderful things. In American society, even greatly extended families gather around the table at Thanksgiving, around the tree at Christmas, and around the grill on Independence Day. Further, practically every family has its own unique or at least odd traditions and rhythms around family members’ birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, and the like. However, my wife’s side of the family (the Vance family) has a holiday tradition unlike any other I have ever encountered: The Groundhog Day Party (GDP). Continue reading In Praise of Groundhog Day
Bethany is new to the Bad Apple Records family, but she’s been performing solo and as part of All Around the Dinner Table’s live band since Summer of 2016.
Stay tuned for updates concerning her debut LP, which will be produced by Brandon Miles from All Around the Dinner Table. For now, check out a live recording of “We Break Things” below this blog entry!
My mom says that I sang before I could walk, lying in my crib, humming away. Around the age of four I sang “Blessed Assurance” in front of my dad’s church in Liberia, West Africa, where I lived for seven years. My mother taught me to play guitar when I was fourteen and has sung with me my whole life, her tenor voice melding and warbling around my own and my sister’s. Her mother and father did the same with her, playing piano and banjo and singing at parties and church events. Continue reading Meet Bethany Pedigo
Truth comes in various languages, and when important voices leave us, we mourn.
“I tell students when they come to my class, they come to learn how to die.” – Cornel West
In January 2016, the deaths of some prominent musicians and celebrities overlaid on my reading of Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart’s fantastic book Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between. Of course, that was the beginning of what has seemed like an endless string of losses in the worlds of music and celebrity. Here, I will not recount 2016’s string of celebrity losses that have garnered so much attention from those of us who loved their art, nor will I rail about why celebrity death somehow elicits more grief from many of us than our fellow humans who die on a daily basis from war or from lack of clean water or basic needs. The focus here will be on death as our destination. Continue reading Thanks for the Reminder, 2016
Welcome to our first official online listening party!
We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread until 8 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the EP straight through using the SoundCloud player below, and chime in with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Ask about the production or behind the scene elements, influences, songwriting, your favorite track, or anything you want to talk about. We’ll try and stay live until every question is answered. Continue reading Online Listening Party: Christmas at the Camp (Live Discussion in Comments)
This year’s tour effort was certainly a step up…
We drove over 3,000 miles in 9 days, spent over 40 hours in a very tightly-packed Envoy, and played North, South, East, and West of the places we call home (Owensboro, KY to Lafayette, Indiana to Chicago, IL to Paducah, KY to Russellville, AR to Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS to Acworth, GA to Bowling Green, KY).
Derek from Sempervivi kept a journal and tweeted out some of the funnier quotes on Twitter using the hash tag #tourquotes.
Continue reading Funny Tour Quotes on Twitter