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A new album, recorded in one day

I challenged myself to write and record an electronic album in one day. I’ll be doing one electronic album per month, for the next six months. The first record in the “analogue” series was completed on 10/27 with synthesizers and drum machines. It’s yours now. ENJOY. Stream and download now. Dig? THE VIDEO: THE ALBUM: […]

Hot off the press: I designed the latest edition of No Depression

Despite the loss of Prince, it’s been a great year. A new house, a strong marriage with the most intelligent woman in the world, the TEDx news, and … this. BUT WHAT’S NEXT? Well … I’m designing the national music magazine No Depression. No Depression has a rich history of in-depth stories about roots music. As a graphic designer in Charleston, […]

First show as Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC

I was just named Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate

!!!!! Ironically, words aren’t coming to me right now. I’ll just share the good news with you …. Official press release is below. Also check out the story from the Post and Courier. For Release: June 22, 2016 AMAKER NAMED POET LAUREATE OF THE CITY OF CHARLESTON Charleston, S.C.—Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the appointment of Marcus […]

Videography for Distil Union

Here’s another example of the universe working its magic: two months ago, I was invited to a luncheon for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. At that luncheon, CML showed one of the videos I did for them on a big projector. After the luncheon, I took a walk down King Street and ran into […]

Marjory and I, featured on PBS Newshour

More blessings came my way earlier this month, when PBS came into town to talk to Marjory Wentworth and I about the healing power of poetry and its impact on our community after the massacre at Mother Emanuel. The crew filmed me at Hampton Park, near the Demark Vessey Statue. I read two poems, “Black […]

The Prince tribute show

Words can’t express how FUNKAY the Prince tribute show was, at the Charleston Music Hall. Man. The Hall was sold out! I’ve never seen a crowd like that before: an extra diverse group of purple power was in the building. And everyone was dancing. The band ripped through the setlist. Here’s what we played ::: […]

Life as a DJ

Thanks to Pam of the Soul Preservation Society, I’ve been able to do what I love the most: spin vinyl for people at parties and events. Yes, we spin vinyl. It would be so much easier to do it digitally, but we are old school. Plus, hauling around crates of vinyl around town is some […]

This Should Be a Podcast – Episode 50

The fine folks of This Should Be a Podcast – Andrew Sprague, Ryan Wilcox and Liz Segrist – interviewed me about art, poetry and my hatred of Seinfeld. I love this podcast – it’s super funny and relaxed. Check it out below, and also check out my wife on an earlier episode, as well! My podcast […]

War & Drink Podcast with Matt Megrue

Good friend and fellow musician Matt Megrue has a great new podcast called War & Drink. I was a guest of the first episode. Good times, man. Listen below and check out the other podcasts here.