The John Driskell Hopkins Band to be Featured in Upcomig ADOLESCENCE Film Out This Summer
John Driskell Hopkins (founding member of the Zac Brown Band) and his six-piece band will play Venkman's on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m. The show will include new tracks from Hopkins' upcoming album, entitled "Lonesome High."
Hopkins and the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band will embark on their 27-concert summer tour, Down the Rabbit Hold Live: Zac Brown Band 2018, beginning June 8.
This summer, several original songs by Hopkins will be featured in film, ADOLESCENCE. Directed by Ashley Avis, the movie - in which he will also be featured in the role of "Spider" - is about a teenager from an abusive household who falls in love with a free-spirited runaway that leads him into the fast-lane lifestyle of drugs and addition which threatens to destroy him. ADOLESCENCE will be released worldwide in Summer 2018. More here.
Most recently, Hopkins released his second holiday album, entitled You Better Watch Out, with The Joe Gransden Big Band - which followed the success of In the Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, released in 2015 with the ATLANTA Pops Orchestra (and on vinyl in 2016). The new album will continue to be recorded and mixed at Hopkins' new studio - Brighter Shade Studios.
Of Brighter Shade Studios, Hopkins has said: "Brighter Shade Studios is a space I look forward to making music in for the rest of my life. For me, it is very creative and comfortable - I like that it's private, yet functional on a professional level. When I'm in this space, I feel as if I've transported to another place, another world. I plan to record my music there, as well as the music of my favorite musicians, friends and family. It's the kind of spot I'll be using as a producer, writer and engineer - all facets of my musical life. This is where I want to hone my craft and continue to actively contribute to the ATLANTA music community."
You Better Watch Out was the first album to come from Brighter Shade Studios. Hopkins has also recorded Joe Gransden's holiday album, and will be recording other projects. The studio, a stunning and expansive 2500 square feet, includes an oversized, flexible-use main recording space large enough to hold a 30-piece orchestra. The space also boasts a voice-over booth, machine and mixing room, lounge and full-service bar - made of Sapele (from Taylor Guitars) with customized song lyrics carved into the wood. The space is garnished with hallmarks of Hopkins esteemed career, including guitars, awards, photos and mementos from his musical journey.