Music

New Bell Witch Song Debuts at #7 on Blues & Roots Radio Chart

Blues and Roots Radio, a large international broadcasting network, has ranked The Bell Witch – Let the Game Begin in their global Top Ten, debuting at #7.

Kudos to my partners in crime–Snapper Long, Jimmy Williams, and Lydia Bain–for their hard work and musicianship, and to the others for their behind-the-scenes dedication to the project.

And, special kudos to the Bell Witch for leaving us alone while we worked, at least up to the point when we shot the promo trailer video (which is another story).

Haven’t heard it yet? Give it a listen at YouTube.

Want to know more? Check out the promo trailer with behind-the-scenes footage and performer interviews, here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Historic Sites in and Around Jacksonville

In the not-too-distant past, I created and took a self-guided tour of the various sites associated with the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. They and their music have always played a big role in my life. And the music was all I played while learning guitar and for the first 25-30 years of my musical life.

I have posted a few pictures here and there, always with the promise of one day publishing all of them, along with the stories history behind them. This is that day. It’s October 20, 2020–the 43rd anniversary of the plane crash.

This is a very lengthy, detailed post. I have placed it behind the “read more” link (but like most things WordPress, it’s probably not working right). Go get yourself a six-pack, kick back, and start reading.

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New Single, “The Bell Witch – Let the Game Begin” to Release Sept. 16th

THE BELL WITCH – LET THE GAME BEGIN is a new musical collaboration between Bell Witch researcher and musician, Pat Fitzhugh, and award-winning songwriter and musician, Mike Richards.

Brewed with rootsy Americana rhythms, gripping fiddle passages, and ghostly overtones, The Bell Witch – Let the Game Begin is a mesmerizing concoction of ghostlore and intrigue–where legend meets song.

In addition to Fitzhugh and Richards, the project features award-winning musician and vocalist Jimmy Williams and violinist/fiddle player extraordinaire, Lydia Bain.

The single will be released to radio and SoundCloud platforms on September 16th, and to iHeart, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other international platforms on October 1st.

A video trailer and behind-the scenes compilation video will be released in the coming weeks.

Moving Forward – Full Speed Ahead

Several paths of opportunity are now crossing within my realm, and I am taking all of them. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know me. You can expect the usual lecture and appearance announcements, but also some very NEW and DIFFERENT appearances, events, and projects!

On February 17th, I met with producers on site in Tennessee to discuss one such new project, which will involve a new paranormal investigative approach and perspective, and will air on major network TV.

This is one of SEVERAL new projects I am doing over the next couple years. Details will be released in the future. So, stay tuned; these next two years are going to be one heck of an exciting ride for all of us! #NextChapter

2019 in Review

It was a busy and productive year, even to the point that I couldn’t find the time to update my site as frequently as I would have liked to. And since the beginning of 2020, things have become even more hectic, with plenty of the same-old as well as some brand new ventures and projects (stay tuned).

Rather than pen a bunch of long paragraphs discussing last year, I will show you how it went…with pictures. Just hover your mouse over the pictures to see the captions.

 

So, that’s it. My 2019 in a nutshell.

Meanwhile, in Louisville…

I had a fabulous time at the MID-SOUTH PARANORMAL CONVENTION over the weekend. I performed with the Orb Tones, gave a Bell Witch lecture presentation, and signed books all weekend.

It was also great to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones. Great convention + great people! And, KUDOS to the LGHS for organizing yet another stellar, first-class convention!

Stay tuned for MORE conventions and excitement later this year!

 

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Captain Jack, the Paranormal Pup

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Free-hanging pendulums with audio + visual alarms

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You never know who you’ll see at MidSouth

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Doing one of the things I love

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Giving my guitar a last-minute workout before performing with the Orb Tones

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My book setout for MidSouth this year

Also in the Works

Also in the works for this year are several new paranormal investigations, writing projects, lecture and signing events at paranormal conferences and bookstores, and several guitar clinics. This year’s demand has been really high, and we are carefully monitoring the “para-scape” and working hard to finalize what’s in store for 2018!

Stay tuned for great things to come!

Guitar Donation News Article

The newspaper did a nice little write-up about the recent donation of guitars to a school music class in Brownsville. It was such an honor to be a part of this awesome project, and to help advance the appreciation and instruction of music in today’s public school systems. I am also glad that the newspaper took it seriously, as well, devoting much of an entire page to it.

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Donation to Guitar Class

I recently worked with the Heritage Center and the James Burton Foundation in arranging for the donation of 12 new guitars to the school in Brownsville. They had gotten down to just two guitars, which obviously made it difficult for the school to continue offering the classes. Thankfully, the Burton Foundation came through and donated new, high-quality acoustic guitars!

It was an honor being a part of this worthwhile endeavor. Music is the globally-understood language of creation and expression, and it touches our lives and hearts in so many different ways. The FUTURE of American music begins right here, with young people learning to play musical instruments. Play it loud, play it proud, and play it forward!