Ah, fall. When leaves should be changing colors, the air should be crisp, and lyrics should be pouring out of my head. Here are a few songs about the best and most elusive of seasons.

Lock your doors, close your blinds, and put on your tinfoil hat.

They're coming to get you!

I joined Lucy Steigerwald of The Stag Blog along with a panel of, er, fellow conspiracy theory enthusiasts for a chat about secret societies, the government, aliens, cryptids, and everything else that may or may not be out to get you. Watch it, if you dare.

Our chat – my second time on Politics for People Who Hate Politics – reminded me of my old song about aliens and paranoia, “the alien.” Knowing it was only a matter of time before the Men in Black get me, I decided it was time to give it a proper release. Well, that and I’ve been a horrible slacker when it comes to Patreon.

rushmore beekeepers - Zach Fountain at Whip In, Austin, TX

Photo Credit: Amy Zamarripa

Showtime! I’m playing two shows in Austin this July. I’ll be at Whip In on Tuesday, July 22 and at Fair Bean Coffee on Saturday, July 26. The talented Amy Zamarripa is hosting a great line-up at both shows, and I can personally vouch for the food, drinks, and atmosphere at both venues. Find out more and map it out on the rushmore beekeepers shows page.

Also, here are some things I’m doing that will surely help me write more songs:

  • Read more. I’m currently reading The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory by Jesse Walker. An interesting read, although I’m not sure if it will inspire any songs, or if those songs will get me added to any New World Order/Illuminati watch lists.
  • Play more electric guitar. I finally got my Danelectro Hodad fixed and I’m ready to make some noise. (The last time I recorded with that guitar was on today is boring.)
  • Write more, even if I end up not using the material. I feel like I’ve slacked a lot when it comes to writing as an exercise.

I don’t always like talking about politics, but there are exceptions; Lucy Steigerwald of The Stag Blog (and Vice, Rare and Antiwar.com) recently invited Seth Wilson of Cult Western and me to chat on her podcast, Politics for People Who Hate Politics. We talked about country music, libertarianism, and why music is better than politics.

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