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Blue October Releases New Album 'Any Man in America' Teams with ACFC to Spread Shared Parenting Message on 40 City Tour
In August of 2011 platinum selling art rock band, Blue October released 'Any Man in America,' an album chronicling lead singer Justin Furstenfeld's experiences with the family courts as he worked to maintain a relationship with his daughter Blue.
Justin dedicated the album tour to raising awareness of the need for shared parenting and family law reform. Below are some of the highlights from the tour. Visit Blue October at their website. Also visit the 'Any Man in America' website, where you can leave your comments about the family law system and leave a message for your kids. Thank you Justin and Blue October for your care and dedication to this most important issue.
In April of 2012 Blue October released the 3rd video from the Any Man in America album, titled The Worry List. Anyone who's been divorced and been denied access to their kids will recognize their story in this song. Thanks Justin and Blue October for putting into words what so many people experience.
In July of 2011 Blue October released the "Feel Again (stay)' video from the forthcoming album. Any Man in America was released on August 5 and debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 chart at number 8.
The tour kicked off in Dallas on August 17th at the House of Blues.
Below are photo's and video from various stops. Each night Justin would say a few words to concert goers about the need to reform our nation's family laws and give kids the benefit of both parents. At several stops legislators came out to show support for Shared Parenting.
Justin visits the Arizona legislature in Phoenix before the concert on September 4th and talks with legislators about Shared Parenting.
From left to right are: ACFC Exec. Director Mike McCormick,
Representative Brenda Braxton, Justin Furstenfeld, Senator
Sylvia Allen and Representative Chester Crandall.
In mid September Blue October played the Showbox in Seattle, WA. Prior to the concert Justin met with State Senator Jim Kastama and Representative Bruce Chandler. Pictured from left to right are Sen. Jim Kastama and Rep Bruce Chandler, Justin Furstenfeld and Kevin Turner from The Other Parent, ACFC's affiliate in Seattle.
Senator Kastama addressed the audience before the concert that night. It's obvious from the crowd's response that Shared Parenting is a concept whose time has come. Check out the video of his comments filmed by a member of the crowd and loaded onto youtube.
At the Denver show Constitutional lawyer and ACFC legal spokesman Stanley Charles Thorne met with Justin to talk about Shared Parenting and the law. Later "Thorne" addressed the crowd at the Ogden Theater. Unfortunately the video camera did not pick up the audio section of his comments, but here's a link to a photo library from the show.
At Blue's stop in Minneapolis our Shared Parenting legislation sponsor Rep. Peggy Scott was on hand along with Brian and Dianne Ulrich from the Center for Parental Resposibility, ACFC's Minnesota affiliate.
From left to right: Rep. Peggy Scott, Justin Furstenfeld, Dianne and Brian Ulrich