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In Praise of Groundhog Day

“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

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Meet Bethany Pedigo

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

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Thanks for the Reminder, 2016

human death

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

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Funny Tour Quotes on Twitter

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.

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Welcome 12 Parsecs to Home to the Family

We all have that one friend who is too good at everything. Luckily, at the label, we have a lot of those friends. One in particular is Zack Messick. You may know Zack from Re-Education Camp (If you don’t know Re-Education camp, then you should). We are extremely excited to announce that Zack has a solo project that he has graciously decided to release through Bad Apple Records. 

12 Parsecs to Home is the solo project of Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. He enjoys just about every type of music there is, and most of it has had some sort of influence on his own sound. After writing and recording with REC, and performing with full band versions of All Around the Dinner Table and Sempervivi, he found himself with musical ideas that still weren’t being expressed.

14440914_293634031022545_8407277600065848434_nTales from Sol will be released on Halloween 2016, but it is available NOW for our supporters on Patreon!

Influenced by music ranging from classic/prog rock like Rush and Pink Floyd, the New Wave of the late seventies and early eighties, old school hip hop like Tribe Called Quest, modern pop, and coupled with a love for all things NASA and space-related themes, Zack Messick (bassist and composer for Re-Education Camp) created a unique sound for his debut full-length solo effort. Tales from Sol is an instrumental rock album delivering heavy doses synths, piano, and strong driving bass lines. It’s intended to tell the story of a weary traveler moving through the solar system, reflecting over past memories back on Earth. So, sit back and take yourself on a journey…