Favourite and some recommended websites

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support free speech

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CASH SITES

JohnnyCASH.com  official website

June Carter Cash.com  official website
Great website run by the family

Johnny Cash Fanzine UK site by Peter Lewry
a fun Tribute Site to Johnny by Eloine
John Carter Cash producer, songwriter, author, fisherman, adventurer,
father, husband, snow skier, gold panner, hiker, outdoorsman, early riser, hunter...

 Rosanne Cash can always be relied upon for her profound social, political and literary comments.
Visit her Mrs L's Monthly blog column.

Carlene Carter Cash.com

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JOHNNY CASH American Legend
The eagerly-anticipated book of my Johnny CASH photographs, will be published by Genesis
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Genesis Publications
are the leading publishers of fabulous, "bespoke" limited edition (signed and numbered) collector books, since 1974.


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this image is a promotional, not the book)

JOHNNY CASH American Legend, will be limited to 2,000 copies, worldwide.
For publishing information, please email Genesis
We are editing the many photographs and contributors, such as: Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson and the Cash family, are adding their memories.
David Carson, the "world's most distinctive designer", will design the book.
Watch this space and Genesis-publications.com for updated info
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email Genesis

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david Carson is known for his groundbreaking design work.
"He changed the public face of graphic design" said Newsweek Magazine.
He was described by Creative Review magazine as "the most famous graphic designer on the planet".
Some of my images are reproduced in: End Of Print [the top selling graphic design book] / 2nd sight/ Ray Gun /Musician/ Beach Culture/ SNOWboarding.
Carson is to design, JOHNNY CASH American Legend

"David Carson continues to be one of the world's most distinctive typographic voices, much imitated, but never matched."

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My brother Michael Messer has several albums 'King Guitar' & 'Second Mind'  (photographs by me).
Michael is one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of shiny metal hand made guitars.
His guitar discussion forum is well worth a visit if you want to talk guitars
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Better still go to a show and groove to the Second Mind Band.

Visit Michael's website for shows and CD release details
"Michael Messer is (probably) the best thing to happen to the blues since that sad day R.L. Burnside abandoned his guitar in his manager's office. Don't believe me? Go and see him live, acoustic or with his Second Mind Band." - Sue Cavendish /NetRhythms.co.uk
"Word pictures playing through my mind as I listen to the refreshing, 
earthy, panting sound of Rhythm Oil. I believe that Michael Messer and Terry Clarke didn't do a lot of vocal overdubbing. What I hear here is the real thing. Bare-bones blues gut-bucket rural rock. This record carried me away to a long time ago, down a delta dirt road  to a land of my musical good old-daysing.
.... PS…Don't squeeze the trigger, if you can't stand the recoil.".... Johnny CASH © December 1992

 

MICHAEL MESSER RESONATOR GUITARS

Michael has over thirty years experience of playing, collecting and reviewing National style resonator guitars.
He has been working with a small guitar workshop and UK importer to create what he now considers to be the most
authentic and playable National style resonator guitars at an affordable and realistic price.
The body dimensions, neck profile, headstock, spun aluminium cone and set-up will give the player the classic tone,
volume and feel of a 1930s National guitar.

for more information or to place an order, click on photograph

Michael Messer playing the first prototype BLUES guitar
photograph by ME, Alan Messer, 2008

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Note Cannons is a website that sprouts and grows guitars regardless of the season. I did the original photography. This is is the only website on the Internet of its kind, offering a photographic history of the National guitar and has pictures of some very rare instruments.

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Fine Resophonic Guitars  (Based in Paris, France) Mike Lewis hand builds National and Dobro style resonator guitars. Mike has made guitars for, amongst others:  Eric Clapton, Louisiana Red and Michael Messer. Fine Resophonic  handmade resophonic instruments are Endorsed by Michael Messer.

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I photographed and designed Lucinda Williams Essence CD ( Lost Highway  2002)
and photographed Lucinda for her highly acclaimed album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.
The Japanese release has my photograph as the cover. Car Wheels has been reissued (Nov 2006) as a DELUXE EDITION by Universal.

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Here's my recording studio documentary video for: Are You Alright?', from WEST
view video


(Lost Highway, 2006)

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Rodney Crowell is more than a singer-songwriter, he is an artist.
Many moons ago I heard Rodney’s, “Ashes by Now.” It's still one of my favourite songs.
I've known Rodney for many years with Johnny and June Cash.

I photographed Rodney's latest CD, Sex & Gasoline
and directed the video,
Sex and Gasoline
Visit Rodney's web site or MySpace

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JOE ELY is the classic West Texas performer and jolly good fellow. I photographed his love and danger CD and co-designed the package with david Carson.

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Jesse "Guitar" Taylor was a classic West Texas guitar- slinger. I first met Jesse recording "Honky Tonk Masquerade" with Joe Ely (1977), in Nashville and later when I photographed and designed the Rhythm Oil cd (1993)
[ TERRY CLARKE, MICHAEL MESSER & JESSE "GUITAR" TAYLOR]
I photographed and designed Jesse's Texas Tattoo and Last Night albums.

Jesse is responsible for my meeting and working with Stubbs.

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Stubb's is the BEST Texas BBQ sauce. "STUBB'S LIFE IS IN THOSE BOTTLES!"
My photographs of Stubbs (C.B.Stubblefield) are printed on STUBB'S BBQ sauce labels and are on display at the Austin BBQ Restaurant and are featured on their web site, www.ilovestubbs.com
I also designed a set of T shirts.

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John Jorgenson   Gypsy jazz guitarist, extraordinaire!
Highly recommended cd Ultraspontane

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HAL Croatian guitarist, melding blues, jazz and Mediterranean sounds!
Also visit Hals's MySpace

Hal is a world class musician, don't just take my word for it!

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Townes Van Zandt
was a poet of songs, the quintessential writer.

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Diana Jones
writes original Appalachian songs about love, loss, and redemption.
and sings them with a voice of raw honesty and traditional originality.
Diana's latest album, High Atmosphere, is excellent.


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Bob Harris is renowned for presenting BBC TV’s Old Grey Whistle Test in the mid 70s.
I was the independent stills photographer for 102 shows from 1973-75.

Bob's current weekly shows are available on the Internet:
Bob Harris Saturday and Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2
If you miss any of the shows you can replay them for up to one week.
Bob Harris is not only a legendary radio presenter, but one of the champions of air guitar and air drums on radio!! I've got the pictures to prove it!
Bob's website is well worth a visit: www.bobharris.org

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TOMMY SHANNON played bass with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Double Trouble.
I met Tommy during the In Step photo session in Austin. Tommy is a legendary Texas musician, who has played bass with many blues legends. Visit his website.

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Jenny Scheinman is a wondrous conceptual musical artist and performer,
specialising in violin, strings and arrangements.

Her performances grace the music of Bill Frisell (Unspeakable), Norah Jones (Come Away With Me) and Lucinda Williams (West)

Check out Jenny's solo albums, string quartets and she also sings a mean country song!
Visit Jenny's website, she's a national art treasure.

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JANA KEELEY is an inovated Canadian singer songwriter.
Her debut album is Trouble
 (photography by Me)
Haunting lyrics, set to her spacious electric guitar, with bass and drums.
Jana has been described as, "Stunning. Charismatic. Compelling"

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LANIE GANNON  is an excellent sculptor and longtime friend.
Lanie's website is well worth a visit.

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BILL CARPENTER is an innovated architect and a jolly good fellow.
Bill's blog is also well worth a visit.

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The Vinyl Kings are Nashville's super fab group. I photographed and designed their CD, a Little trip
and the latest, Time Machine
 
"They are bloody music archeologists" _Steve Winwood
"Uncanny in spirit, sound, humor and devotion to the originals!" _Rosanne Cash
"If I were McCartney, I would sue these guys they're so good!" _Jimmy Buffett
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Brian Bennett was the drummer with The Shadows. I bought his Ludwig studio kit in 1972 and have recently discovered his site and the history of my drums

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Brian Auger is one of our world's great keyboard players. From Steampacket in the 1960s with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll, to Brian Auger Trinity ('This Wheels On Fire') in the 70s, to the jazz rock sounds of Oblivion Express with his daughter, Savannah Auger on vocals and son, Karma Auger on drums.
Check out Brian's web site
and do go to see them on tour!

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Earl Poole Ball   "Mr. Honky-Tonk  Piano", played with Johnny Cash for over over 20 years. Earle now lives in Austin Texas, because he's cool!

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John Waite  is a fellow Englishman. I photographed and designed John's CD THE HARD WAY (2004)

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is an indie label originally set up by Nashville musicians: Kieran Kane, Mike Henderson, Kevin Welch, Tammy Rogers and Harry Stinson.
I designed the company logo and photographed and designed several CD packages.
Kieran's "Dead Rekoning" album (photography/design by Me) launched the label in 1995.

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is the only label run for and by fans of Deep Purple
I was a big Purple fan and photographer for Purple Records, who now have archive reissues and unreleased material featuring Deep Purple, members of the band and other related groups or artists. Check out their catalogue.
Paice Ashton Lord (PAL) mini website is also worth a visit. I was their photographer.

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SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO I photographed Janis and Kristine's first LP album.
They are back recording a new album and I recommend visiting a show.

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RUTA MAYA is the best coffee that I have yet to find in America. It is roasted in Austin, Texas.
Order on line at www.RutaMaya.net
I recommend the Cubita Dark Roast packed in a burlap sack.
or the Organic Ruta Maya Dark Roast, both packed in a burlap sack. It's real coffee.

Try some "It's awesome, dude!"

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ISLAND SHIRTS are an excellent and authentic Hawaiian shirt manufacturer.
Their shirts are hand made in their massive 150 square foot facility! They are simply the best.

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SIXTIES CITY  dives back into the swinging 60s
I used to get my clothes made at Carnaby Cavern (and took pictures for their brochure)

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LIZZY COOPERMAN is the funniest comedienne!
Good comedy takes great talent and knowledge.
Lizzy Cooperman is an American original.
Check out some of Lizzy's clips  at EffinFunny.com
Lizzy's MySpace

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REX Features is my London photo agency. REX have syndicated my photographs for four decades.
This is a commercial site and may be difficult to navigate without a passcode. My photographs are coded *mes or click here

I also photographed a large portion of "The Dezo Hoffmann Collection" 1967-1974 (code *DZ)

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I use Kodak film

I always load my Nikon with a roll of Kodak TMAX-3200
because It allows me the versatility to photograph in a range of lighting conditions and has a wonderful grain and tonal range.
In the studio I use Tri-X 35mm in my Nikons and Tri-X 120mm in my Hasselblad.
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Kimmie Rhodes is West Texas Heaven
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van ZandT duet on this wonderful album.
I played photographer and designer.
Kimmie defines West Texas in her songwriting, storytelling and playwriting.
"I don't write them; I just write them down"
(Kimmie Rhodes)

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I have photographed Marshall Chapman in a swimming pool for Interview Magazine,
for her "Dirty Linen" album,
for publicity, and for her book "Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller", published by St. Martin's Press, New York.
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Sue Foley is a blues guitar-slinger, who looks gorgeous and plays great too!
Sue used to play a weekly gig at Antones in Austin. I photographed her CD, "Without A Warning" (Antones, 1993) and photographed and designed "Where The Action Is" in 2002.
Unfortunately the record company changed my cover to a generic typeface and even remixed some of producer, Colin Linden's tracks!!!...
Sue's website
has the real unedited Canadian issue by Koch + plus her catalogue and latest work.

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I photographed and designed Nanci Griffith Blue Roses from The Moons CD and photographed the Other Voices sessions for the CD package, tour book, and Nanci's biography, "Other Voices, A Personal Folk History".

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William Lee Golden and I met when I first moved to America.
I had photographed the Oak Ridge Boys in England in 1976 prior to my relocation to Nashville.
Bill and I became instant friends. During the late 70s and into the 80s I was the Oaks photographer. We worked together on several albums, tour books and shared many road trips.
I have lots of photographs and countless memories of the times we shared, inhaled and documented.
My Oaks/Golden photographs have been published on CD album covers, books, magazines and merchandise.

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GREEN SITES

G LIVING NETWORK is about G Living the next generation lifestyle, simply called “G”.
The darker, cooler side of green, featuring smarter design, style, nature, technology, food, music and knowledge. It’s about having fun as we re-think the way we live now and how we will shape
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HEALTH

is a great site!

Check out Natasha's video blogs on food preparation and health tips
Book a 10 Day Juice Fast or 7 Day Raw Food Challenge

Get the motivation, information and inspiration you need to get healthy and happy!! Natasha is a raw food wellness coach, helping people get healthy, lose weight and reverse chronic conditions from acne to fatigue through the raw and living foods diet.

 Everyday Natasha posts a video on weight loss tips, raw food recipe demos, transitioning to a raw food diet, fitness ideas, how to deal with cravings and easily adjust to a healthier lifestyle.
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NASHVILLE

FRANKLIN "ORGANIC" FARMER'S MARKET (Saturday 8am-noon)
EAST NASHVILLE "ORGANIC" FARMER'S MARKET (Wednesday 3.30-6.30pm)


is Nashville's newest secret to living well!
BE HAPPY and HEALTHY
Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing live, organic produce
grown within 80 miles of your home.
Meet your local farmer to see who grows your food; It's
fresh, and locally grown.
Fresh eggs, herbs, tomatoes, greens, gorgeous flowers, lovely people, organic soaps, garlic, onions, squash.
and more...

Support our Farmers, you and our environment will benefit.
Locally grown food simply tastes better.

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Alchemy Of Sol
Great hand made soaps, essential oils, candles and more.
Linda uses oils of Olive, Sunflower, Coconut, Palm, Castor and Shea Butter. Dry, problem skin will appreciate the relief. Colours are naturally derived from the goodness of the earth. Herbs, grains and clays. Alchemy of Sol uses organic additives where possible.
Buy on line or at select local shops or better still meet Linda at one of Nashville's Farmers markets.

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Madison Creek Farms
Peggy and Mark Marchetti grow amazing flowers.
The farm is just north of Nashville, in the rolling countryside of Goodlettsville.
They are committed to farming organically and within those standards and beyond and have done so over the years.
"Each season building our soil and keeping our farm and our environment free from harmful pesticide and herbicides while producing top quality flowers, vegetables and herbs.
We are strong supporters of organic farming practices and strive to build a healthy local example of what can be done without poisoning our land and ourselves while preserving our farming heritage and sustainability."
 
Check out their website and better still, visit them on the farm
or at East Nashville or Franklin markets.

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Rocky Glade Farm
Jim and Julie Vaughn grow delicious vegetables and peppers and much more.
Their 50 acre farm also raises grass-fed beef, and Katahdin sheep to feed local families and friends.
Check out their website and better still, visit Franklin Farmer's Market

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HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY
Farm raised grass fed cattle. Their milk is real and really good. Five generations of family farming!
Check out their website and better still, visit Franklin Farmer's Market

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CLEAN PLATE CLUB

Event Catering and Planning.
The Clean Plate Club exquisitely caters to every detail.
The food is healthy, delicious and their planning is flawless.
They are simply the best! "Nashville's Best Caterer"

Request local produce.

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Speak Out For Animals

They would if they could!
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For those of you not living in Tennessee, animal abuse crimes may seem far fetched and primitive.
Unfortunately, there are a large number of uneducated bigots,
who value personal freedom and worship over and above the love and care of their pets.

Here is a list of wonderful caring local Nashville animal care organisations

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BROWN DOG FOUNDATION is a Nashville organisation dedicated to Changing Lives, One PAW at a time.
The Brown Dog Foundation's mission is to ensure family pets are no longer euthanised due to an owners financial crisis.
Low income pet owners can find help from generous donations to help pay their pet's medical bills.

Please  donate If you can.

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SPCATN The Nashville Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

is a nonprofit organisation devoted to helping animals.
Their mission is to end animal cruelty and suffering in Tennessee, through education, investigation and prosecution;
to provide a safe haven and protection for abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted animals and to promote animal welfare through programs and services that mutually benefit animals and people.

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FORGET ME NOT ANIMAL RESCUE

is a nonprofit organisation devoted to saving the lives of once forgotten shelter cats and dogs.
They find loving homes for those that are homeless - rehabilitate the challenged - provide sanctuary for the needy

educate the community about responsibility and provide low-cost spay/neuter services to the public.

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The Belcourt Theatre is one of Nashville's oldest theatres
in the heart of Hillsboro Village providing premiere entertainment both as a theatre and cinema.
Visit their website for current events and films

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and so should you be!

NO ANIMALS WERE HURT IN MAKING THIS WEB SITE.

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