Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 


State of the Trailer Park 2016

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dallasHappy New Year to you all.

Life is challenging right now for many of you. I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. I look forward to when our paths cross again, and we can visit face to face.

As 2016 is upon us, many of us wax philosophical and get a tad sentimental. I am prone to do this, and make fewer apologies for it the older I get. I inherited my mother’s tear ducts, and have been accused of crying when Classic Coke came back. (It’s not true. It was allergies.)

ItAintHomeDecember was weird around here as our thermometer seemed to be stuck on 74 degrees for a good couple of weeks. Not that I’m complaining. I was practically sunbathing last Thursday until I got one too many weird reactions from my neighbors. The way I see it, a man should be able to lay in a hammock in his own back yard. With cowboy boots and a bath towel. Playing Abba. Really loud.

Troubs2016Anyway, it’s been warm is what I’m saying. It’s back to 34 degrees this week though, so our third Indian Summer of the year was short lived.

So, I was thinking of joining a gym, but they are too full right now. I’ll wait until the last week of February when two thirds of the new sign-ups will be back on their sofas in front of their televisions, embracing their bad habits like a long lost friend. Besides, there is still pumpkin pie in the fridge, and it won’t eat itself.

Woodflock 2015 Gang

Woodflock 2015 Gang

We have our annual early bird special discount still in effect for Woodflock. Please join us. You’ll save $50 per entry if you order this week. Deadline for savings is this Friday, January 8th at midnight.

DSC_2878Woodflock is the best event we do all year. It’s a gathering of Flamingoheads from all over the United States on Memorial Day weekend. We laugh, we catch up, we play music, we meditate, we do yoga, we eat good food prepared by Sue Butler, we drink, we share. It’s nice. It’s a camping event, but there are also hotels just down the road, 5 minutes away. Many choose this option. You do not have to be a camping enthusiast to enjoy Woodflock. There is something for everyone. Go HERE for more details, and to take advantage of the early bird discount.

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GRAVELCOVEROur latest album, Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads, is doing really well, and is receiving wonderful reviews from friends old and new. We’d love for you to hear and let us know what you think. Click HERE to order your digital copy or get a CD sent to you in a matter of days.

Pete Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger

I’m working on a new album of all-new material with the incomparable Pete Huttlinger as collaborator and producer. Pete plays a mean guitar, but it doesn’t stop there. Banjo and mandolin are also strong suits for my friend of 12 or so years who has played with John Denver, Vince Gill, Leann Rymes and so many more. The album is untitled yet, and contains songs I’ve written over the last 20 years that were kind of waiting for a proper home. Warning to those who only like my funny stuff, and an announcement to those who really like my serious stuff: There won’t be any funny songs on this album. Most are love songs ripped from my own life over time – from some really dark places to extremely happy places – all written just as I lived through them. The instrumentation will be acoustic and light, some drums and bass, but heavy on acoustic guitar just as you’d hear it in my living room. We are thinking of it as a follow up to my popular solo album, Time-Sweetened Lies. I’ll keep you posted on its progress.

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PaintingAs many of you know, I am renovating a 1953 mid-century ranch home, and adorning it with antiques from the era it was built. I have been entertaining and breaking the place in as the echoes of laughter and music seep into the plaster walls, giving it more life and warmth with each dinner party. It is a great joy to build a home around you and share it with friends.

I’m going to be painting again soon, preparing for a gallery show at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA this April. I’m very excited about that. I’ll let you know more about that as time approaches.

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ConfusedWhinyI have been extremely happy these past few months, sharing time with my children and a precious handful of dear friends and loved ones. I am the luckiest man on earth, and look forward to 2016 with butterflies in my stomach.

 


“Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads” Pre-order Package Now Available!

GRAVELCOVERHi folks,

I am thrilled to announce our new album, “Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads” is finished and off to manufacturing. This project is almost two years in the making, and has been a true labor of love, from the writing and crafting of the songs, to the sculpting of sound by my talented friends Bruce Wandmayer, Dan Becker, Todd McMasters, Terry Domingue, Ric Wilson, Dale Price, Gary Tackett and Eddie Mattingly. We are confident you will find this project to be one of our best, right up there with (name your favorite Troubs album). We’re so excited to have you hear it and to have your feedback.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SAMPLES

To celebrate, we are offering you a special PRE-ORDER PACKAGE including 1) CD, 2) digital download, 3) limited edition, illustrated booklet and 4) limited edition, customized art print. The digital download will be available Friday, September 25, the same day all the other items will be shipped to you. A link will be sent to all those who’ve ordered via email. The print and booklet are only offered as part of this pre-order package, and are available while supplies last. Everything will be signed and numbered by me and is all yours for only $50 PLUS S&H. Click HERE to order.

The customized, limited edition print is an11′ x 15″ charcoal drawing I did myself, and will hand render your names on the mailbox, making each print an original work of art, suitable for framing, dart throwing, place mats, lining your bird cage, wrapping fish, etc.  The line from the title song of the album is at the bottom: “A rich man dreams of paradise and sees a life like ours.” The mailbox is blank until I draw your name on it personally.

Customized Limited Edition Print, number and signed and customized. Will be sent with your CD shipment.

Customized 11′ x 15″ Limited Edition Print, numbered, signed and customized with YOUR NAME in the mailbox will be rolled in a tube and sent the same day as your CD and booklet. (Click on image for larger view)

PRE-ORDER YOUR CD PACKAGE DEAL FOR $50 HERE

Also to be included in the Pre-Order Special Package will be this 5” x 5” booklet, including 14 of my popular tree drawings and prose to go with the concept of the album, which takes the listener through a cycle of heartbreak to restoration to happiness in 14 songs. The album is being called ” a collection of heartwarming, uplifting messages from a songwriter who has lived, laughed, lost – and is fiercely determined to love again.” Each booklet will be signed and numbered by the author.

This Tree Booklet will also be included in the Pre-Order Package

One of these booklets will also included in the Pre-Order Package (Click Image for Larger View)

A sample of one of the pages of the Tree Booklet

A sample of one of the pages of the Tree Booklet (Click Image for Larger View)

For those just interested in the CD, you may pre-order the CD and digital download without the print and booklet for $20 PLUS S&H. A link to the digital download will be e-mailed to you on Friday, September 25, and the CD will be mailed the same day.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FOR $20

AntsyAug2015Thank you!
As a musician and artist, I could never have gotten where I am without you, my friends and family. An artist creates for others, and you continue to give me the opportunity to do what I do. This complete package combines all of my efforts in music, art and prose. I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited opportunity. Thank you all who have helped this become a reality.

 


Not too late to get the Classic Antsy McClain Christmas CD

It is still not too late to get a copy of Antsy’s fun Christmas CD.  Released in 2006, this has become a Holiday Classic for Flamingoheads.  If you have a copy, how about getting one for a friend!!

ORDER YOURS TODAY

And don’t forget other Christmas goodies like some of Antsy’s new Tree Print series and other art

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Antsy Live with “My Own Skin” on WBTV Charlotte – Oct. 16, 2014

Antsy McClain paid a visit to his good friend John Carter at WBTV in Charlotte prior to his performance at the Chop Shop on October 16.  The following two video clips are provided courtesy of WBTV’s Susan Hancock and John Carter.

Antsy talks with John Carter and then sings part of his new song “My Own Skin”

Antsy closes with a portion of “My Own Skin”


Antsy in Charlotte and Atlanta this weekend!

Antsy is heading to Charlotte and Atlanta on Thursday and Friday. If you are in the area, you can get tickets. Click on the show posters below (one for each location) to get your tickets. For those in Atlanta, Antsy will be selling signed copies of the poster as shown.

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And don’t forget….Antsy is also working on a new CD and is still offering the Flamingohead family and friends a chance to participate in the production of this CD. You can participate in the FLOCKSTAR Promo by clicking the FLOCKSTAR link below. And check out Antsy’s NEW LIVE DVD. And you can get the FLOYD FLASH DRIVE full of some fun new studio material and some unreleased versions of his older songs. Just click on the boxes below to order.

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Be a FLOCKSTAR

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Buy LIVE DVD

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Antsy is coming to Atlanta: Oct. 17

Join Antsy McClain at Atlanta’s Red Light Cafe for some great fun, great food and great music.  Antsy will be playing some of his old favorites as well as some songs from his upcoming new album.  You don’t want to miss it! Get your tickets HERE.

As a special bonus, Antsy is printing up 50 copies of the poster below all signed and numbered. He will have some in Atlanta, but you can also purchase them HERE

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As most of you know by now, Antsy is also working on a new CD and is still offering the Flamingohead family and friends a chance to participate in this production. You can participate in the FLOCKSTAR Promo by clicking the FLOCKSTAR link below. And check out Antsy’s NEW LIVE DVD. And you can get the FLOYD FLASH DRIVE full of some fun new studio material and some unreleased versions of his older songs. Just click on the boxes below to order.

FlockStarPromo

Be a FLOCKSTAR

DVDPromo

Buy LIVE DVD

FloydPromo

Get FLOYD Flash Drive