THE BETTER DAYS EP Kickstarter Project
He worked with several bands during his teenage years and has spent the last four years touring. While currently working in the production side of the industry, Joshua voices, “I’ve always said that if I wasn’t playing, I would want to help people play their own music.”This is what we admire most about Joshua; he enjoys music simply because it offers universality and therefore improves the quality of life between both players and listeners. Joshua feels and gains success through the successes of others as well as his own.
Joshua describes his music as simple and raw both lyrically and musically. Much of his music incorporates an acoustic feel with lyrics inspired by personal content involving real and true events, people, and places experienced by Joshua. In fact, Joshua shared with us a memory involving the inspirations he felt to begin playing acoustically. As a young teenager, Joshua desired the more exciting and exhilarating electric guitar sound, and he found himself at a long time family friend’s house fooling around on the father’s acoustic guitar. This family friend asked Joshua if he liked the sound of the acoustic and he voiced that he surprisingly did. That same afternoon, his friend returned with a new acoustic guitar for Joshua to eventually use as the main guitar producing the music on his new album soon to be released.
Joshua’s face completely lights up while talking about his family, and it is fitting that a man of his inspirations are rooted within his family. Joshua shares that his mom in particular had a huge impact on what he listens to and plays. He is hesitant to talk about what specifically he means within his songs, because he wants people to feel what they need while listening to his lyrics. “I want to write and play for me, and if it helps someone, then that is a bonus success for me.”
We all come to music differently, and we each take away our own versions of a songwriter’s work. We are beyond excited to see Joshua Barry advance with the help of his Kickstarter and provide his own work and passions to be interpreted and valued by others.
Joshua’s Kickstarter has already exceeded the goal, but there is still time to make a contribution and make this album that much better!
Check out more of Joshua's music at joshuabarrymusic.com
SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE Album Release
ADVENTURER BO BAUMGARTNER of Portland, OR
It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know freelance photographer and Outbound Adventurer, Bo Baumgartner. Bo is an avid outdoorsman and all-around good guy whose love for travel, hiking, climbing, and skiing (with his wife Erin, and their camper van Deebs) has inspired thousands to get outside and enjoy nature. We've kept in contact with Bo over the past few months and we decided to share a piece of his story with you.
Bo’s passion for “any and everything outdoors” is rooted in his early childhood years exploring eastern Arizona. Bo shared his memories of running through the forest day after day as a young boy and hearing his father’s echoing whistle, come dinnertime. Bo’s deep respect and appreciation for nature, can most notably be accredited to his father. Bo recalls a backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon as an eleven year old boy, watching and learning from his skillful father. It was this experience with his father that instilled in Bo a constant yearning to explore and discover new places. This adventurous routine grouped with a rather stellar flow of professional photographs, has caught the attention of many like-minded adventurers including The Outbound Collective Company.
Bo’s affiliation with The Outbound as an official explorer began last summer through a connection over Instagram. Bo expresses his appreciation for the company’s mission by stating, “It’s been fun to collaborate with a company that strives to inspire and make it easy for folks to get outside and have an adventure of their own.” For these same reasons, SWT has decided to reach out to Bo and share what it means to be a true explorer.
If you visit Bo’s Outbound profile, you would find that Bo and his wife hiked the John Muir Trail (JMT), which winds through the High Sierra Mountain Range, Yosemite Valley, and Kings Canyon and expires on the summit of Mount Whitney. Bo describes the trail as a wonderland decorated with lakes, granite rock, ancient trees, and breathtaking mountain ranges. Upon overcoming what the couple described as “out of shape” long distance hiking, Bo claims that both he and his wife enjoyed the bonding time alone together.
It is easy to be inspired by people as passionate about the outdoors as Bo and his family, and we hope that sharing a little of their story will inspire you to get away from the usual grind and enjoy life outdoors. The Slow Wide Turns crew anxiously awaits the many new adventures and stories that Bo and his family will unfold, and we wish them all the best! Thanks Bo!
If you would like to see more of Bo, Erin, or Deebs, check out their active Instagram feeds: @bobaumgartner, @shinyd, @vanomadic.
- Written by Danika Anderson
ARTIST ADRIEAN K. of Canada
MUSICIAN MARIA PRICE of Nashville, TN
Slow Wide Turns has had the distinct pleasure of getting to know local Nashville, TN artist Maria Price, and announcing the release of her new EP album “Beautiful Things in Horrible Places”.
1: What kind of music do you feel best fits your talents as an artist, and what genres do you primarily work in?
It’s hard to identify with just one genre. I really love the blues but can't necessarily write a killer blues song. I like singing and playing stuff that I can put my full self into. For me, that's a rock, soul, R&B type feel. My taste is growing, maturing, and evolving. I write on guitar which allows me to focus on the melodic and lyrical aspect of my music.
Check out Maria's music on iTunes here! iTunes/Maria Price
2: What drives your music and your passion to create?
At the center of my music is my spirituality, family, and the way I have been shaped by my background. When I write and play, it's because I'm inspired. I cannot take credit for the inspiration or for my talent. It comes from above, I'm just an instrument when I'm singing, writing, and playing.
3: Are there reoccurring subjects in your music?
At first listen, many people may think I was just in a series of bad relationships, but none of my music is actually about a guy or breakup. I wrote both "Most of All" and "Lest We Forget" in pertinence to my spiritual life and what I was experiencing at that time. More than anything, I think I write about pain and the process of growing through it. I try to keep a positive outlook, but suffering in this life is something that is inevitable. When I was 16, I lost one of my older brothers and this past year I lost both my mom and dad. Naturally, I write a good deal about loss, and what it's felt like to me. I also write about the hope that's left too. I feel like writing and playing are a cathartic relief for me. Through my music I can express things that I wouldn't normally come out and say. It's fun because you can get away with much more when you're singing. That's the beauty of music. You can communicate so much of yourself and be vulnerable to a wide audience. It's intimidating, but it's good.
4: Are there any artists (well known or not) that really influenced your work?
Shortly before I went in to the studio this winter, I really fell in love with Amy Winehouse, and I had this last minute "I want to do that kind of music" moment. Because the songs on my EP have all been written at very different times in my life, over a span of 6 years, there are all types of flavors that you'll hear. For instance, in high school I was heavily influenced by Adele's first album Nineteen. I also listen to Corey Smith, and I think his honesty and transparency has affected me as a writer.
ARTIST GABRIEL CASTRO of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
4: Are there any artists (well known or not) that really influence your work?
Castro: I enjoy the aesthetics of pixação from the streets of São Paulo and the patterns of Barry Mcgee. The works of Cy Twombly and David Ostrowski are also great references for me.
See more of Gabriel’s work here www.castrogcastro.tumblr.com & here instagram.com/castrogcastro
VIRGINS FAMILY BAND
T H E B A N D
Gabriel Anderson (drummer) and I met in high school in Miami, FL and recorded/released our first record together under the name "Virgins" in late 2011 while we were on a 300 mile bicycle tour of Florida. Since that record, we've been on two more bicycle tours across the Southeastern U.S. (totaling about 1200 miles). We've hit a couple of Northeastern tours, released another full length (find that here: virginsfamilyband.com), sold out some shows, and have lost and added a few members - all helping us arrive at our present state and sound, which was best described by Grant Golden of the Bottom String as "Perussive and experimental tendencies simmering under present and gripping vocals. Simultaneously spacious but full, accessible but intriguing." 2014 is looking like a big year for us: 2 new EPS, regional tours, festivals, videos, and more.
OUR OPEN ROAD
What started as a dream and developed into a 12-month plan- is now life on the road. Adam, Emily & Colette Harteau departed California in October 2012 in their VW Westfalia, with the goal of reaching Tierra del Fuego and returning a year later. 5 months in, they decided to embrace a future unknown and the rewards of slow travel. Close to a year and a half in they see no end in sight!
Adam is an artist and finds inspiration in the landscapes and people he meets along the way; photography is presently his main medium, as he captures moments on the road that will be combined with collages, drawings and the like into a new body of work. Emily is a fashion designer and camp chef, currently working on a cookbook. Colette, also known as “the ambassador of love and joy,” enjoys drawing, singing and joining her parents in the crazy adventures along the way. A new member to the family, whom Colette has named “baby spider” will be joining them around June 2014!
Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as they shed their robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, they hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.
BAJA from OUR OPEN ROAD
Sean Paquet is a singer songwriter hailing from Michigan and he's about to drop his debut EP, Commodore. If you can imagine the banjo-infused passion of Mumford & Sons, mixed with Iron & Wine's gentle finger picking, wrapped in Ray LaMontagne's velvety vocals you'll have an idea of how this album will turn out. Commodore will be unique in that all of the songs on the EP are intertwined. Paquet wrote the lyrics to tell a fictional story about a man (the Commodore) and his adventures. Each song is a different element of his travels - from leaving home to captaining a pirate ship, his trials of love to making peace on the fields of war. The goal is for the album to paint a complete picture of who the Commodore is and to tell his story in a way similar to that of a short novel. The album is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign - to support or hear a sample follow the link:
EPOKHE'S (1.5) FILM
A Vimeo Staff pick and a stellar piece of artwork. External World (1.5) is a film put together by the folks at Epokhe. External World (1.5) is a pilgrimage into the raw & uninhabited landscapes that have become a refuge for the EPØKHE creators. An external world of unearthly women, waves and industrial backdrops that inject new styles and colors into the Epokhe collection. Check em’ out. You might just find something you like.
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