Nov 3 2014

Harvard of the South ‘Miracle’ EP Available Exclusively at Sway Tour Concerts

harvard of the south miracleHarvard of the South, a side project of Justin, Jeremy, Matt and Steve Schiltz, will be the opening band for the first ten dates on upcoming leg of Blue October’s Sway tour. They will also have their EP, Miracle, available to purchase. As of right now, these shows are the only place that the EP will be available. So if you’re going to one of those concerts, make sure you grab a copy! (If the EP becomes available any other way, I will post about it here as soon as I find out.)

Make sure you follow Harvard of the South on all their social media sites:

 


Oct 23 2014

Music Gets Me By Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

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Eva from Music Gets Me By interviewed Justin last week while he was in London for the Open Book Tour. They talked about the tour, Songs From An Open Book, Blue October fans, their PledgeMusic campaign for the live DVD and documentary, new music and much more.

(Side note- I love it when interviews are conducted by people who are obviously fans, we get much more in-depth questions!)

Here are a couple of tidbits from the interview. You can read the entire interview here.

Eva: Welcome back and thank you for bringing the Open Book Tour to the UK. How did the idea of this tour came around and what was the main reason behind these intimate shows?

Justin: Thank you. The Open Book Tour came around when honestly I got clean, when I decided to stop drinking and using any kind of drug besides coffee. And when you get clean, you have to make amends to people, you have to go to the people you’ve hurt when you were in that place and you have to apologize to them and let them know that you’ve realized you’ve done wrong, and then ask for forgiveness. So that’s where it sprang from, when I was working with my sponsor and I was going around to all these people in my life telling them that I was wrong and I promised to make living amends and every day to be a better person, and asking what can I do to make up for that. So that’s when I realized that not only the people in my life got hurt but everybody that’s been listening to me and supporting me. I kind of put them through a lot too, you know.

So I needed to tell the story in a way, like putting 12 songs together, from Black Orchid to Bleed Out and Not Broken Anymore, and tell the story of how it happened. So just like I am making amends with you, I tell you what happened, what led up to it, what I did and what I’m gonna do to make it better, I need to let people know where it came from, what I did and where I’m at now and what I’ve promised to do, not for them to go “Oh look at him, he’s still tortured”, it’s more about showing that this is a rebirth, this is a good, positive thing and this is how I live my life today. And because of the past, I’ve been focused so much on the negative, I want to show you guys this new life that I found and this positivity which all came from the amends that I had to make. So that’s where the Open Book story came from.

Talking about Fear. What was on your mind when you wrote this track?

My daughter. I was sober, I just got out of rehab and three weeks later I had a daughter. I was in rehab the whole time my wife was pregnant you know, so my wife was pretty bad ass, which says a lot for what she probably had to go through. So I don’t say that lightly, I say that with a heavy heart. But when she was born, it was such an amazing thing. I’d already had a kid before but that was such a terrible feeling around that, not having her, just what happened after that. But this was pure, there was this lady that loved me and I loved her so it was so different, and when I started going into writing I was just like, I gotta write a song about my daughter. I wrote it with my buddy Blue Miller who I named my first daughter after and I took it back to my roots where we first started out, back in Nashville and wrote it for her.

Plus the big thing when you’re getting clean is fear. It’s a big thing you learn about, you know. Every day, everybody’s scared of something, but every day I wake up and just say man, take my fear away, the thy will be done and let’s just walk. As long as you’re honest, as long as you’re straight and do the next right thing.

Let’s talk the documentary & live CD/DVD you are releasing through Pledge music. How long has this been in making?

I’ve been making this film for two and half years now and basically the whole point of it was to start shooting when I got clean and what does it take for someone to stay sober in this business. And then the story of Sway, and the story of Blue October and how they all intertwined and how the fans lift us up, how the music lifts us up and how through music, I am able to stay clean. The live DVD is just gonna be awesome, like Argue With A Tree but better. It’s going to have all the songs from Foiled, Approaching Normal, Any Man In America and Sway. We’ve put out a teaser over at Pledge.

Make sure you read the whole interview over on Music Gets Me By.

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 Justin Furstenfeld – London – October 17, 2014


Oct 20 2014

103.7 KVIL Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

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Blue October will be performing in Dallas on December 17th at 103.7 KVIL’s Not So Silent Night. Justin called the radio station and talked to a couple of their DJ’s. They talked about coffee, kids, Blue October fans, touring and more. The interview isn’t embeddable so I can’t post it here, you can listen to it on their site.


Sep 4 2014

RXP 103.9 Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

Justin talked to RXP103.9 in Colorado Springs.  They talked about what to expect at on of his acoustic shows, songwriting, acting, dealing with haters, the Fear video, his influence on fans and much more.

 


Jul 21 2014

94.5 The Buzz Interviews Blue October

Theresa from 94.5 talked to Blue October before . They talked about Blue October fans, Justin’s beard, what’s next for them, and much, much more.

Justin and C.B. also performed Say It and Dirt Room acoustically.

Pictures from Blue October’s performance can be seen here and the acoustic performance here.


Jul 15 2014

Justin Furstenfeld to Release an Acoustic Album: Songs From An Open Book

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If you follow Justin on Twitter you know that he has been in the studio recording an acoustic album. Until now, all we’ve known is that he has been recording. Now details have been announced via Blue October’s social media pages.

They posted this announcement on Twitter:

New album coming out September 2nd to be presented at the open book shows.

And this announcement on Facebook:

Finally finished this piece of work. So proud . One track of guild acoustic guitar , one track of vocals. The answer , black orchid , angel , schizophrenia , calling you , chameleon boy , sound of pulling heaven down , hate me , any man in America , worry list , fear , not broken anymore.

Here is a complete track list for the album:

songs from an open book

Songs From An Open Book will be available from the Blue October merchandise store, Amazon, iTunes, and other retail outlets. It will also be available to purchase at shows on the Open Book tour.

 Update: The album is now available to pre-order from the Blue October merchandise store. Any pre-order includes an instant download of Angel. There are several pre-order packages available. You can see them here.

The album is also available to pre-order from iTunes and Amazon.


Jul 9 2014

European dates for An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld

justin open bookEuropean dates have been announced for An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld-

All ticketing information can be found here.

 

 


Jun 25 2014

Justin Furstenfeld announces 2014 Open Book Tour

justin furstenfeld open book tour

Justin will be going on a solo acoustic tour this Fall. Ashleigh Stone, who has toured with Justin acoustically and with Blue October in the past, will be joining him again on the tour. The dates for the 2014 Open Book Tour are:

All ticketing information, including meet and greet passes, can be found here.

Here is a brief description of what the shows will be like:

The shows will consist of spoken word, a question-and-answer session, and an acoustic set of intimate versions of fan-favorite Blue October songs. The evening will focus on breaking down the walls between artist and audience, and will provide fans with the most access to Justin ever available.


Jun 19 2014

94.5 The Buzz Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz interviewed Justin this morning. They talked about attending The High School for Performing and Visual Arts, his upcoming acoustic residency in LA, how Blue October’s music has changed, performing in Houston and much more. Justin also performed a Hate Me and Calling You.


You can see pictures here.


May 29 2014

Acoustic Storytelling – A Night With Justin Furstenfeld

justin furstenfeld acoustic

Justin will be playing acoustic shows at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles every Wednesday evening from July 30th to August 27th. Tickets can be purchased here.


May 12 2014

Harvard of the South Merchandise Now Available

HOTS shirt

Harvard of the South now has a merchandise store! You can order their merch here.


May 12 2014

105.7 The Point Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

Blue October was in St. Louis for Pointfest 2014 this past weekend. Justin sat down with 105.7 The Point before they performed. They talked about the other bands that were at the festival, the Sway PledgeMusic campaign, touring with his family, art, what’s coming up next, and much more.


May 6 2014

Blue October on The Broadcast

The Broadcast in Dallas talked to Justin touring with his family, where he was the first time he heard a Blue October song on the radio, singing in the shower, and his dream collaboration.

 Justin also talked briefly about where they have toured and then he and Ryan performed Fear.

Justin also performed an a capella version of Bleed Out.

Earlier in the show Justin and Ryan played a game of Last Word with the hosts of the show.


May 5 2014

Digital Tour Bus Invades the Blue October Bus

While Blue October was in Illinois last month for the Sway Tour Justin gave Digital Tour Bus a tour of Blue October’s bus. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of their bus looks like, here’s your chance. Check out the video below.

Justin shares a touring story-

Justin’s top five touring tips

Who would be on Justin’s dream tour?

Blue October’s pre-show ritual-


May 5 2014

103.7 KVIL Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

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Blue October was in Dallas for the Suburbia Music Festival yesterday. Justin sat down with 103.7 KVIL for a really fun interview. They talked about twerking (see Justin twerk here), Chris Daughtry tweeting about Sway (see his tweet here), what Justin would be doing if he wasn’t a musician, going to a performing arts school and much, much more.