In this edition of #ThrowbackThursday we point out the outrageous fact that Copper Gone has turned 5 years old. What?! Can't be true. But it is. As part of the celebration, and as a thank you to our fans (some of whom have been around since the 90s...and boy does time fly) we are going to include a free copy of Copper Gone with other orders all month at www.StrangeFamousRecords.com We just finished moving the entire record label into the house I used to live in, and it's the same place where I recorded the album. Same place I grew up. That ol' Fortress of Solitude...why can't I quit youuuuuuu?! Each package will also include a ghost or two. We're really trying to clear the place out of all unnecessary items.
The 5 year anniversary of my #CopperGone album comes with a fair bit of serendipity. If you’re familiar with the album, you know that a lot of it revolves around my childhood home...a snug fortress of solitude in a wooded area of northern Rhode Island. As I mention in “Escape Artist,” I eventually purchased it from my Mother. I ended up spending a lot of time in that house throughout my 30s. Perhaps too much time at certain points…something that’s fully addressed on #MakeEmPurr. Due to extraneous circumstances beyond any of our control, I had to abandon that house at the end of last year in order to create a home. A safe and happy home with the loves of my life. On one hand it was a difficult decision to make, but on the more reasonable hand it was the easiest decision to make. Rather than try to rent or sell my old house (or literally knock it down…which was the most likely option considering all the work it needs in order to start over,) I decided to move my record label into it. Strange Famous Records is now living in the home where I recorded Copper Gone along with a lot of other material (some of which dates back to the 80’s.) We can *barely* fit all of our product into the limited space of the rooms, but we’re nothing if not resourceful, adaptive, and resilient at SFR. If I had more time on my hands, and greater liberty to discuss my situation without compromising those I care about, I’d share a lot more details about the album, the house, the label, and everything else that’s brought me to this point. You don’t need that though. And that’s the truth. I just need to share the fact that my youngest solo album turns 5 years old today and Daddy is so proud of what’s come of his little baby. For those not in the know: https://sfrstore.myshopify.com/search?q=copper+gone I’d be a real piece of garbage if I didn’t take a bit of time to shout out the people who continue to help Strange Famous do what it does as an indie label. It goes beyond the artists and the fans but, yes, you are all awesome. We are so thankful to have been working with you and/or supported by you for 20+ years. But SPECIFICALLY I’m talking about people like Storm Davis, the label manager, who somehow is able to make sense of things I’ve long lost the ability to quantify in an increasingly impossible music industry. He holds so much weight on his shoulders when it comes to our operation while coordinating things I simply don’t have the energy or mental capacity for anymore. A decade ago I’d probably scoff at myself for saying such a thing, but that guy really didn’t know as much as he thought. And that’s OK. This is life, this is growth, this is moving on. Additional praise goes to volunteers such as Matt Rego and Hugo Lopez for giving so much of themselves to Strange Famous over the years while dealing with all variations of critters in the corners of the haunted walls of this dead end house. Onward and upward, strange fam. Thank you to everyone who has allowed us to do what we do despite all of the odds. “COPPER…GONE… I had to take my time. To get my life together. Put everything in line. SAGE…FRANCIS… No need for me to tell 'em. I’m from the Epic Beard Men. I’m steady representin' STRANGE…FAMOUS… And slow and steady wins the race, fuckfaaaaaaace!”
One more time for the people in the back, it's Daaaaaave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmO5JaRWFUY
The closer we get to home, the harder we dance. 4 more shows left in the current incarnation of the Epic Beard Men "Come To The Sand Dunes" Tour! Cincinnati, Cleveland, DC, and Providence...bring your dancing pants. I already ripped mine to shreds. https://www.strangefamousrecords.com/news/twstbf/
A little over a year ago I had this image printed onto a canvas and it was delivered to the most special woman in my life while she was at work. It hangs in our bedroom now. I'm looking at this image from the road to feel like I'm at home again. As a much needed calmness washes over me. Domesticate me, already. Can't wait for all the name changes. Let's go, wedding.