Courtesy of Bob The Fucking Journalist
Kelly Thomas was a mentally ill, homeless man beaten to death by the police in Fullerton, California. The police were found "Not Guilty", despite having the obvious crime on video and audio. Kelly can be heard pleading for his last breaths and screaming out that he was sorry.
I came across the shocking audio and video of one of the most obvious cases of police brutality and murder I have ever seen. I wrote this song. I worked on it the following day and recorded it in the hut this morning and afternoon. It's the least I can do in telling this story. You can listen below. Rest in peace Kelly Thomas.
"Kelly Thomas" by Bryan McPherson
Who has a song for the homeless
killed in the street
By The police that beat
That man like meat
I can't breathe
Oh no I can not breathe
Who has a song for Kelly
That we can all scream
While he bleeds on the street
On my internet screen, oh no he's not me
Oh no he's not me
Who has a song for the forgotten
When they die
For an old mother cries
To an empty sky
There's no moon tonight
There's no moon tonight
You don't care about Kelly
'Cause he ain't you
Broke them bones right through
The Orange County crew
They beat him blue
They beat him blue
Who has justice for the men
That they just set free
These so called police
Manny Ramos ain't me
Jay Cicinelli oh no you're not me
Kelly Thomas lays cold in the ground
Silent nights make no sound
Not guilty they found
In Fullerton town
In Fullerton town
I have been recording in the foothills of the Sierra mountains in "Gold Country" California. I will be playing scattered shows on the west coast. Next one is in Oakland on January 26th with Scott Allbright of Poor Bailey, Divided Heaven, and Brian Marquis.
Update: October 15th
I am at the crossroads again. I just finished up the last shows of the last 3 month U.S. and Canadian tour in Santa Cruz, California. Thank you everyone who helped along the way. There are too many of you to name. I would not have been able to do it without you. Thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and supported live music. There is more to this than hitting the like button. I love the hell out of you all!
In the last year, I've done 3 U.S. tours and driven across this large country 6 times performing! I've played every corner of the U.S. And had a very successful run of shows for the first time in Canada!
I've been honored to open up for the Dropkick Murphys' and Tim Barry on tour and have been building a strong network of fans, friends, and family throughout the land. I hope to continue this journey for many years to come. I hope to see every inch of this earth along the way.
Having toured so much since the release of “American Boy / American Girl” and subsequent home run Kickstarter campaign for a van, the time has come to start working on a new record. The wheels are in motion, so to speak. I have written many many many songs over the years and many in the last couple of years since ABAG. I look forward to the pre-production and recording process and sharing them with the world. I am weighing all of my options as to where to break ground on this next project. I have been so many places and there are so many places I can go. I am at the crossroads again. I guess I am just throwing this out there to the world. I've been in the mist and I supposed clarity will come eventually. Before tour I moved my “stuff” into a storage unit and signed up for a PO box. This tour has been strange because I now have no home to go back to. It's an odd feeling this gypsy status. I'm fed and have a few bucks in my pocket and I have friends. I have prospects and a whole bunch of creative juice to squeeze out onto the next record. I suppose, I will listen to the waves a little while longer and see where the signs point. I've taken a lot of chances over the last few years and that's where life gets interesting. Outside of the comfort zone. I'm there now. Lets make some magic happen.
All the Best,
Article by Nicolas White
Bryan McPherson - A Close-Up Look At Life Behind The Microphone
Perspective—it’s the singular view by which we observe the world; the looking glass that bends light so that we may see it properly. All we see is what we know. But what if just for a moment, you could strip all that away and enter another view? What if you could step into another consciousness and feel the innermost desires that live there; would you do it?
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"One of the most passionate performers I have ever seen, Bryan McPherson's fierce vocal growls and hammering guitar strums fit accordingly with his intense lyrics that will resonate with you and cause you to begin to question your ideas of any social, political, and personal lifestyles." Read More at Mutiny on The Microphone
I am very excited to announce I will be going out on tour this summer with Tim Barry and Cory Branan. I will be joining them for a string of dates in August throughout the Midwest and the South. I will be playing in a lot of places I have yet to play and I am stoked about that as well. I am a big fan of both of these artists. I will also be setting up tour dates to get to and from. If you are interested in booking me please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org
8/2 to 8/11 w/ Tim and Cory
I recorded a new acoustic version of OFD. To download it click this link or the player below. All proceeds benefit The Martin Richard Memorial Foundation. http://bryanmcpherson1.bandcamp.com/album/originally-from-dorchester
On April 15th, 8 year old Martin Richard was tragically killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. His sister and mother were also seriously injured. To honor his memory, Martin's school has established The Martin Richard Memorial Foundation.
Donations contributed to the fund will be used for one or more of the following purposes: a peace garden in the school courtyard, a scholarship fund for NHCS students, or other ideas that will be generated by the school community in
consultation with the Richard family. For more on Martin's school and memorial foundation please visit www.neighborhoodhousecharterschool.org If you would like to donate directly to the Richard Family Please visit the following website richardfamilyfund.org
With Old Man Markley, The Mahones, JimLockey and The Solemn Sun, and Barroom
I am very excited to announce that I will be opening for the
Dropkick Murphys in March!
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3/8 at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia
3/11 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC
3/12 Terminal 5 in NYC
3/13 at Terminal 5 in NYC
3/15 at The Boston Garden
Bryan McPherson's Controversial Song. By Melissa Webster
When folk musician and sometimes activist Bryan McPherson
wrote the controversial song "What If Jesus Was Gay?" he
did it in response to the 2003-2004 debate making the rounds
in Massachusetts over the legalization of gay marriage and the
predictable opposition from overzealous religious groups. To
his surprise, it has been resurrected again in the aftermath of
the November 2012 election that marked a turning point in
gay rights as three states, Washington, Maryland and Maine,
legalized gay marriage, and another rejected a gay marriage
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