Boulder singer-songwriter Stuart Davis has always had his fingers in a lot of pies, from writing music and penning fiction to comedy and seeking spiritual answers. He's even hosted his own Internet talk show.
All these interests have come together in his new TV show, "Sex, God, Rock 'n' Roll," a talk show featuring comedic sketches and monologues and music performances all centered around the themes described in the title. Filmed at Boulder's Immersive Studios, the show is broadcast nationally on HDNet -- channel 664 on Comcast -- with new episodes airing every Sunday. The six-episode first season premiered on April 26.
On Friday night, Davis celebrates the show's launch with "Sex, God, Rock 'n' Roll ... Live! with Stuart Davis," a multimedia event at the Boulder Theater.
"I'm definitely going to do a full concert. I'm flying my band in for this," Davis says. "We'll also screen a full episode of the show, at least. We have the benefit of a theater, which is good for the show and the music."
In addition to promoting the new TV show, Davis also released a new album on April 28, Sex, God, Rock 'n' Roll: Songs From the TV Series.
"It's more or less the soundtrack to the season," Davis says.
The soundtrack contains songs from his past three albums and songs performed on the show, and he says the compilation could just as easily be considered a "best of" collection.
"I'm still so unknown in the whole country that we could get away with this new collection of music and it's going to be new to a lot of people," he says.
What's also new to a lot of people is the spiritual content of his show, which he says was a tough thing to market.
"The truth is that if you even say the word 'spirituality' in a meeting with a major network, they would freak out. They see that as a liability," Davis says. "I feel like spirituality gets cartooned into these categories of either you're a religious fundamentalist or a new-age whacko."
His show offers a more "nuanced" look at spirituality, one with more "emotional depth," Davis says -- something that's been missing in spiritual entertainment.
"The public is actually ready and enthusiastic to embrace this kind of show, but the networks and the entertainment industry don't know how to make it," Davis says. "I personally just made the television show that I wanted to see as a fan."
The broadcast version of the show is a 30-minute comedy program, but the uncut episodes are 60 minutes long, and in addition to the comedy and music they feature lengthy conversations between Davis and various spiritual leaders.
The uncut episodes are available online at www.sexgodrocknroll.com. The Web site offers free clips from every show, and for $5 a month members can access full episodes. It's also a way for fans without HD televisions or digital cable or satellite TV to catch the show.
Davis is currently doing a nationwide tour to promote the new project, and soon he hopes to write and film a second season, which he intends to shoot in Boulder in the fall.
"Made in Boulder. Stayed in Boulder," he says. "It was so much fun. I would like to make a hundred episodes of this show and keep it in Boulder.
"I'd love to see this show become an institution of Boulder, like 'etown,'" he adds. "Or 'Mork and Mindy.'"