NEW Music to share!
Fighting the 2020 blues with some positive energy.
Check out my new single, Lead Me Home. Recorded and produced remotely by Travis Tench for OakHillAudio.com, and featuring Eric Johnson (drums), Nathan Stevens (bass), and Jessica Wiscovitch and Laura Sisskin (backing vocals). Spread the love y'all.
Uhhh yeah. 2020. Make it stop!
Well I managed to deflect some of the insanity of late and book a TV show. 'The Food That Built America', on the History Channel. I'll let y'all know when it will air.
I also did a podcast interview with Headliner Radio a few months ago with old friend Will Hawkins, in which I talk about being a major-label rocker in the 90s, having actors as parents and becoming an professional actor in my 40s, art and activism, and a lot more. Oh and I play a couple new songs. Click the link to hear it on Spotify. (Oh - do yourself a favor and skip min 49-62 - for some reason they kept in a loong technical snafu ; ) Recorded May 8, 2020.
Black Lives MAtter
These days, very little seems important other than the issues affecting our very lives and health, our survival. And by 'our' I mean EVERYONE'S.
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Rayshard Brooks. Jacob Blake. Daniel Prude. #saytheirnames
I remember when I traveled to Ferguson, MO in the fall of 2014 with Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, after Michael Brown's murder, to support the local activists there, and raise money for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. Out on the street in front of the Ferguson PD, surrounded by National Guard troops, among the many protesters, was a retired white police captain from Philadelphia, dressed in his old uniform, holding a sign that read 'End Open Season On Black Men'. The more things change...
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
What a difference a few months make, huh?
Could we ever have imagined the world we would all be living in now? Never. During these days of fear and grief, I find myself returning to gratitude - for the amazing community of artists, writers, activists, and all-around exceptional human beings of which I am a part - here in NYC and beyond.
And of course to the essential workers - the health care professionals, delivery personnel, grocery store clerks, EMT rockstars - that are literally risking their lives to save and care for others. THANK YOU!
I've been recording and posting songs and have gotten lovely feedback that it's been helpful to some. So, do whatever you can to stay healthy, positive, and strong. (Last week, I had a day when I sang and recorded a Neil Young cover, then did a self-tape audition for a short film where a I played a fugitive Nazi. I guess that's called Tuesday ha.)
In past news:
Closed out 2019 (remember that?) leading a one-night only performance of the new rock-n-roll swing Christmas musical, Christmas Ain't A Drag, written by David George. He played the imaginary club's lovingly cantankerous owner/host Benedict Deveaux. TheatrePizzazz wrote: " John Carlin is top-notch, milking the miserly master-of-ceremonies for all he's worth...Arguably the best portrayal of the night overall..."
Had the good fortune to reunite with the cast of the beautiful and disturbing verbatim documentary-style play with music America Is Hard To See at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Life Jacket Theatre Co. production garnered dozens of 5-star reviews, and was voted Pick of the Fringe. I reprised the role I originated in 2018 at HERE Arts in NYC. Several London theatres have expressed interest in bringing the production there in 2020. Stay tuned!
In March 2019, I performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, with Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, on their Earth Riot! tour, where they performed with Pussy Riot, Yothu Yindi, and Ecca Vandal. Made some wonderful connections and friends along the way. Ditto for the choir's appearances at the Epidaurus Theatre Festival in Athens, Greece, summer 2018.
Also in 2019, John appeared in a pilot for a new TV show called The System (available to stream or rent from Kweli TV ), as well as a trailer promo for the upcoming film Will-O-The Wisp, and in the upcoming short film The Way To Heaven.
Another short film John starred in, the darkly comic Roddy & Doddy, is currently making its rounds on the festival circuit.