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Ringenberg and Warner Hodges reformed the Scorchers to honour the
late Jack Emerson, who died recently at 43 years old. This was a
fantastic tribute concert and party, with the proceeds benefiting
his widow and family. Other acts included: John
Hiatt, Sonny Landreth, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Webb Wilder,
was a modern day creative pioneer who built an alternative independent
music scene in Nashville and who's musical
vision founded Praxis
Recordings. The artist rosta includes: Jason and the Scorchers,
the Georgia Satellites John Hiatt, Webb Wilder, Sonny Landreth,
Joe White played a free private home
tow n matinee
concert at Leiper's Fork Antique Store.
I am working on a new album project for
country music artist, Troy
Shooting a documentary video film of the recording and making of
the album and photographing and designing the CD packaging. This
is an exciting new album with a creative soul and craftsmanship.
The album has been recorded at Blackbird Studios, Nashville. Kid
Rock dropped in on December 8th to add his vocal stamp.
at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium brought out many friends, family
and musical celebrities to celebrate Johnny's life and music.
spirit, admiration and respect for John Cash was the reason we were
Some highlights were: The Highwaymen revisited as,
Hank Williams Jnr,
Kristofferson, Willie and George Jones. Hank
does a great Johnny impression, and teamed with Kid
paid their respects with art and humour. Sheryl
is both stunningly
an accomplished musician,
spirit, she dueted
I Was A Carpenter'
gave a powerful and evocative performance, including she and her
father's recording of 'September
When It Comes' with a video family photo montage that is absolutely
sets the tone with eloquence and grace, and John
Carter is busily accepting awards on his father's behalf.
of my photographs of Johnny was used in the stage set, and my
video of 'The Far Side Banks of Jordan' was well received during
Larry Gatlin's set.
photo shown below)
rhythm section, Dave Roe (slap bass) and drummer WS 'Fluke' Holland
get rhythm at
the fan club party after the TV show in Nashville.
Earle played a hometown gig at Nashville's Exit In. He is in great
physical and musical form playing song after song with a tireless
lean sound. Steve Earle is American music personified, intermingling
his profound political and social views with some damn fine guitar
playing. It is no wonder Johnny Cash loved this man.
Kristofferson photo session at Al Bunetta's (Oh Boy Records) Tennessee
I am very sad to learn of the death of Rosey Carter Adams.
condolences to the family, this is really a tough time for her sisters
and brother. Rosey
had a great singing voice and was always fun loving.
Carter Family: Helen, Carlene, June and Rosey
in happier times, Reno Nevada mid 80's
Jack Clement tearing it up at The Country Music
Hall Of Fame (Kenny Malone is on drums)
Joe White stomped out his swampy sound at BB King's Club
by the great 'Boom Boom' on drums
Vaughan treated Nashville to his brand of Texas blues at BB King's
by the incomparable Lou Ann Barton on vocals.
Frampton rocked the Ryman in Nashville. He
got a standing ovation for 'Show Me The Way' + 'Do You Feel Like
We Do?'...He sang all the hits and of course wowed Nashville with
his famous Talkbox. The
mighty Chad Cromwell was on drums.
King @ 78!
Carter presenting BB King with a birthday cake at BB King's
Next night (Tuesday) BB King was emotionally moved by Wynona
Judd's awesome three part harmony a cappella rendition of
the hymn 'How Great Thou Art'. Then the birthday celebrations
continued with guitarists Steve Cropper, Larry Carlton, Vince
Gill, Gary Nicholson, Leroy Parnell, to name but a few, entertaining
the Birthday King in an all star blues jam!
THRILL HAS NOT GONE for BB
Griffith_ video coverage of recording session.
documented Nanci's 50th birthday party at her Nashville home.
Guest singers included Sonny
Curtis (Crickets), and Guy
and Sonny dueted on 'Walk Right Back' and 'It's So Easy'. Precious
Allen_photography and brochure design
am compiling two other books of my photographs for future publication:
BBC TV's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' (the mid 70s)
text by "Whispering"
25 Years of NASHVILLE
is my 36th year as a professional photographer and
my 26th year of living in Nashville.
Cash was one of the first artists I met and photographed in
started shooting professionally on December 3rd 1967 when I
joined Dezo Hoffmann's London Studio at the tender age of sixteen.
I shot my first magazine cover within days.
is one of my early photographs published in 1968 of The Small
Faces posing on the roof of Immediate Records, New Oxford Street,
Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, Ian MacLagen, Kenny Jones, Steve
by Alan Messer 1968 ©
Rex Features Ltd.
1976 Nashville, Tennessee
is one of my first Nashville photographs.
website is growing and changing constantly. I am treating it
like a magazine, one of my lifelong passions.
will be featured artist pages to be added in 2004. Currently featured
are: Johnny Cash,
Cash and Lucinda
Williams. Also, in part, my personal
collection of photographs and images.
am always taking new photographs and shooting video documentary.
Have a happy and safe Christmas.
come back and visit again soon.
Alan - December 31 2003
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