It feels good to see my meager graphic design skills still getting used in the music world, let alone for Christ’s sake at that. Today I put together a flyer for a show coming up in Nebraska for a few of the bands associated with the label I recently signed my latest release  (Ignorance is Woe) with, Raven Faith Records.

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The label has been really great to work with so far and it feels good to get my hands dirty again doing design work, even if it is just on the side here and there. So far I have gotten to do a few major things like a few album covers and tour posters, and bandcamp layouts… as well as a few little things, like the flyer you see here. I think it would be pretty cool down the line to get my fingers wet by having a crack at maybe even doing some merch designs for the label as well. It’s been forever (way back to my tour days) since I designed my last t-shirt. Surely, one of the Raven Faith bands will need something along those lines sooner or later.

If you haven’t checked out the other bands and my brothers and sisters in Christ on the Raven Faith Records roster, you should!

And, if you’re in Nebraska… go to this show and donate to the flood relief.

Well, I spent about two hours today driving around town hitting up some of the local Starbucks locations with the intent of slapping a flyer up on their community boards. I posted up about 10 or 15 around town. The carzy thing is… I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface when you actually take the time to count up how many Starbucks locations there are in this town. I’ll work on hitting the other locations on another day.

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I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cheesy to call it a “tour”… but, that’s the dad side of me missing the tour life. So,oh well… it is what it is.

Between now and when we move this summer I plan to do some more flyer spreading here and there. Beyond this I hope to begin writing some new material and eventually updating my “band” photos to something a little less “back porch“. Because, let’s face it. That’s exactly what i did. I stepped out on the back porch and took a quick shot. I need a little something more fancy.

Well, the flyer for my recent EP release came in the mail today. And within the first few hours I have already gotten about 50 flyers mailed out to 10 different cities in 5 different States. In the next week I plan to hit this tactic pretty hard by reaching out to some of my old contacts from my tour days.

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I’m not sending out large quantities to each location. Just a handful. The goal is to get each location to hit at least 3 major traffic locations; a music store, coffee shop, and record store, or even a local venue. It’s a grass roots approach. But, it’s a start.

Now that the new EP has been up for half a day, I thought I would do more of a formal blog post about the release and everything. If you haven’t noticed already, the website has gotten a revamped theme to match the album cover. I also revamped the Bandcamp page as well… as seen below.

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The basic gist is that this three song EP is a FREE RELEASE. With that, be sure to go download it. The reason why this is a free release is due to the nature of the EP. It is less of an album based project and more of what is called, a sermon jam. This three song sermon jam features an amazing evangelist preacher and creation museum owner, Dr. Kent Hovind. These songs in particular are from the first video on a series he did in the early 2000’s on creation. I highly recommend everyone take the time to go through his series. You can check it out on youtube by clicking here.

He has definitely been and inspiration, hens… the sermon jam release with Raven Faith Records. Which, brings me to another point about this new EP drop. It has been seven years since the last time I put out anything. Let alone with a record label.

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Raven Faith Records is amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I managed to land on their roster. I am saying that because of what each and every one of their bands stand for. And that is Christ Jesus. I am proud to be on a roster with bands that actually build their creative voice off of their faith rather than the desire for achieving goals within a niche genre. So many “Christian” bands today aren’t actually Christian when you step back and examine their personal life style choices or even lyrical content. And I can proudly say that I landed on the right roster when I look at what each and every one of the Raven Faith artists are doing with their talents as creative ministers of the Gospel.

The next step for me is going to be promoting the new release. With that, I have put together a print flyer that will be distributed in small batches to various cities across roughly 10 States.

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At the end of the day, what is the goal? I’ll tell you… seeing as to how I am the one that just asked. The goal for this release is to hopefully reach an audience that might not otherwise ever have heard any of Dr. Kent Hovind’s lecture material.

My prayer is that people will enjoy the sermon jams. And that by taking it a step further, many people will find themselves searching out some of Kent’s actual lecture material in greater detail online for further investigation.

Because, let’s face it… ignorance is woe. How are people going to learn unless we get the word out there, music attached or not.