I'm excited to write about the release of my new EP, Alpha. It has been a long time in the making and represents a lot of hard work culminating over years of practice. In this particular case, the word "Alpha" represents "beginning." So, the songs featured on this recording represent the beginning of my career as a professional musician. With that said, I hope that I never produce an album titled, Omega (lol...signifying the end). Four of the songs that appear on the album (Kai, Shibboleth, Bayou Boogie, and Musicarium) were all created for fingerstyle guitar competitions that I participated in during the summer of 2015. (If you have been following my journey, you will know what I am talking about. If not, please check out my blog on my website to hear about these lifechanging events.) The fifth song, Alpha, rounds out the EP and showcases the many skills and elements I learned this summer while partaking in guitar master classes from some of the best musicians in the world (once again, you can read about this on my website blog). I'm most excited that the release of the EP (December 2nd) coincides with me opening up for Andy McKee at the Workplay Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. I would have never dreamed any of this would be possible 6 months ago.
The album marks another first in my career as well. With all of the exciting events that have taken place this year, my family and I built a state-of-the-art recording studio, G String Audio, to not only record my music, but to record other artists as well. G String Audio produces audio and (music) video recordings, and both the "Alpha" audio EP and music video were G String Audio's first productions! This was a big endeavor and would not have been possible without assistance from Anthony Beck, our new G String Audio and Mix/Master Engineer extraordinaire. Our combined audio and video recording skills makes us the perfect pair.
I hope you enjoy the EP. If you haven't had a chance, check out the "Alpha" music video on this website (or on YouTube). It was filmed at Camp Mitchell on historic Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Arkansas. My good friend (and extremely talented fingerstyle guitarist), Travis Bowman, assisted with the filming. I hope you enjoy it!