My good friend Evan Anstey and I were busy (well, as busy as we could be in 2020) over the summer finishing up our new album together. It’s called The Weekend Preacher and the best way we can describe it is that it’s your local newspaper sung. All the songs were inspired by news articles and our own experiences of growing up in a “small town.”
The initial idea for the album started as an inside joke. While preparing for a radio interview (my first ever!), I discovered an interview Evan did a year prior with the same radio station, and learned that Evan was ordained to officiate weddings through one of those online certification sites like OrdainMeNow.com (probably not a real site, just an example). This revelation lead me to the most logical response and that was to tease Evan about it.
In one particular text message I mentioned how he could be known as “the weekend preacher,” which thinking back on it now, aren’t most preachers weekend preachers? Anyway, after calling him “the weekend preacher,” I noticed how it sounded like the name of a small town news publication and floated the idea by Evan about putting together an album with songs inspired by local stories. One thing to know about Evan is that he is a journalist by day, and Godzilla enthusiast by trade. That second thing has no relevance to this story, but if you really want to know why Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla movie was so bad, talk to Evan.
Both Evan and I have an affinity for local history as well as current events, and this mixed with our love of folk music made The Weekend Preacher an exciting venture. I don’t want it to seem as if we didn’t have our challenges going into it, but it ultimately was a great step forward for us as musicians and songwriters.
I’ve embedded the album above for your convenience. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. You can also find it on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube Music… just about anywhere where you like to listen to music.