Archived.2014

 
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The Perfect Fit - Bowling Green, Kentucky

DECEMBER 29

LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS who celebrated his 94th birthday on the 19th
was admitted to hospital on Christmas day.


Bridgstone Arena, Nashville - Nov 22 2013
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DECEMBER 27

SAM BUSH + GREG MARTIN backstage at The 15th Annual Jambodians Holiday Bash
Some of those Bowling Greenies can really play. "This is what we do" humbly say the best of them.
Sam Bush is world renowned / Greg Martin is a founding member of The Kentucky Headhunters, radio host, musicologist and guitarist.


WahBah, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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DECEMBER 27

JONELL MOSSER a soulful singer from Bowling Green, Kentucky,
played The 15th Annual Jambodians Holiday Bash


WahBah, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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1970s - UPdate
VAN MORRISON came into the Whistle Test studio
to promote his concert at The Rainbow Theatre to be broadcast by BBC 2 as part of The Old Grey Whistle Test.
He did not speak!
Guitar player, John Platania did the interview.


L-R: Mike Appelton: producer/ David Hayes: bass / VAN MORRISON / John Platania: guitar / Bob Harris: presenter.
Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV - Lime Grove, London -July 1973

Here is a clip of 'Moondance' from the show

DECEMBER 22
JOE COCKER died today, he was 70
Joe singing his new record, "With A Little Help From My Friends" on 'Dee Time', BBC TV - October 1968

(with Sue and Sunny on background vocals)
The record was hot, it had just been released in England on the Regal Zonophone label.


BBC TV, Lime Grove, London - 1968

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DECEMBER 22
JOE COCKER died today, he was 70
Joe guested on 2 tracks of The Crusaders 'Standing Tall' album, recorded at RCA Studio A, Nashville in 1980
I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today + This Old World's Too Funky For Me.

(I shot the Standing Tall album pictures)


Listen to I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today  on YouTube
(video uses my picture)
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DECEMBER 20
CHIP YOUNG Nashville songwriter and producer dead at 76.
I met CHIP YOUNG at his Murfreesboro studio on my first trip to Nashville in 1976.
I was already a fan of Delbert McClinton who had recorded 'Genuine Cowhide' at his Murfreesboro studio. Joe Ely was recording the classic,
'Honky Tonk Masquerade' album there when I arrived to take some pictures of the session.
>Fast forward to April 2006, CHARLIE LOUVIN was recording an album at Beech House Recording Studio in Nashville,

(I photographed the sessions and
documented on video)
Chip Young played acoustic guitar on "When I Stop Dreaming" a duet with Elvis Costello.
He was a lovely man, gone too soon.


CHARLIE LOUVIN + CHIP YOUNG - Beech House Recording Studio, Nashville - 4.3.06
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DECEMBER 19
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS - 94 Today
A cornerstone of Country Music history.


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DECEMBER 18
KEITH IS 71 Today
And remembering Bobby Keys.


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DECEMBER 17

STEVE CROPPER playing Guthrie Trapp's, "Trapped Above Ground"
Steve's set included: (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay / Midnight Hour / Water / Soul Man / It's Your Thing


Acme Feeds, Nashville, Tennessee
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DECEMBER 16

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY (unedited recitation / 3 mins)
Barry (guitar) + Holly (bass) Tashian + ? (recitation), performing at Lisa Oliver-Gray's Christmas party.
WATCH VIDEO


Logue's Black Raven Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee
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Jacques Brel's If You Go Away Please click picture to Listen


Song recorded for SCOTT 3 - London 1969
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DECEMBER 9
BRENDA LEE pre Christmas Rocking
at the 15th Annual "Nashville Unlimited" Christmas Concert - Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville.
Since 1992, bassist Dave Pomeroy’s holiday concerts have raised over $250,000 for the homeless organisation, Room In The Inn.
If you didn't attend the show, you can donate online at www.roomintheinn.org/give


Nashville, Tennessee
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DECEMBER 8


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DECEMBER 5
The rain poured, the wind blew as the Tennessee Local Food Summit launched it's opening reception.
Inside local farmers, earth scientists, intellectuals and invited guests gather for a fabulous organic/biodynamic meal.


Dyer Observatory, Brentwood, Tennessee
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DECEMBER 3 1967
47 Years ago I began my professional career
as assistant to Dezo Hoffmann, who "threw me in at the deep end", by sending me out on Record Mirror jobs.
About six months later he lost his contract with the magazine and ceased my employment, so I freelanced from his studio till 1974.
I was 2nd assistant in my second week on a Jimi Hendrix session for the Record Mirror Christmas edition.
I helped by spray painting the background, loading cameras and lighting. I was sixteen.

 


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DECEMBER 3
IAN McLAGAN dead at 69
My first professional photo session was The Small Faces. So sad to hear of IAN 'Mac' McLAGAN'S death today.
He told me once that he missed Ronnie
(Lane) everyday.
My heart hurts.
The Faces - I'D RATHER GO BLIND - was the last show with Ronnie Lane - London 1973


London - April 1968
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DECEMBER 2
BOBBY KEYS dead at 70
I first met Bobby playing with Joe Ely at Gruene Hall, Texas in 1986
I will post a picture later, my heart is heavy, yet savouring the many times around this wild and crazy talented man,
who was a catalyst for friendships and life changing relationships.
Another American original is gone.

More pictures at > Bobby Keys web page


16 Ton Studio, Nashville, Tennessee - 6.7.11
Here's a video I directed for The BOBBY KEYS BAND in 2011
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NOVEMBER 30
TOMAS YOUNG would have been 35 today
A brave soldier of misfortune, he died of his Iraq War wounds on November 10th.
Tomas was blessed with a loving wife, a faithful dog, Peaches and an ever-loving family.


Kansas City, Missouri - December 12th 2009
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NOVEMBER 29
R
emembering GEORGE HARRISON
(February 25 1943 - November 29 2001)
All Things Must Pass


All Things Must Pass Demo
Love this: IF NOT FOR YOU rehearsal with Bob Dylan for The Concert for Bangladesh.
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NOVEMBER 25
TONY JOE WHITE backstage with LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Two American originals who set their own groove.


The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 25
TONY JOE WHITE sitting in with LUCINDA WILLIAMS


The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 25
ADRIAN BELEW
FLUX by bellew launch reception


Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, Tennessee
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PHIL SCHULZ - Long Hungry Creek Farm
Thank you, Jeff, Phil, Kristina, Alex and all at the farm. And all the people who bring the tastiest most nutritious local food to us, the local people.
We eat well because of the sweat and toil of real farmers.


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 22
ADRIAN BELEW
And so began an amazing set by Adrian Belew of Covington, Kentucky
and his POWER TRIO: Julie Slick - bass and Tobias Ralph - drums.


12th and Porter, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 22
ADRIAN BELEW sound check
The show was absolutely amazing. Fortunately for us it was under promoted. The last time Adrian Belew played 12th and Porter
with King Crimson it was jam packed and amazing too.
A true original and not another local cover band loaded with proficient musicians.
Adrian and his Power Trio, Julie Slick - bass and Tobias Ralph - drums, deliver. Spot on!


12th and Porter, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 22 2013
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS + RICHARD YOUNG (Kentucky Headhunters)
share a joke backstage at the George Jones Tribute Concert, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.
Fortunately I was there to catch this, being the only photographer backstage, otherwise Jimmy would have been overlooked, as would the Headhunters, William Lee Golden, Trisha and Garth, Charlie Daniels, Kathy Mattea, Jim Halsey, The Oak Ridge Boys and many other waiting performers.
There will never be another George Jones Tribute like this. It was an historic Nashville moment.
93 year old, Little Jimmy Dickens had been in hospital prior to the show, he attended the event to honour his his friend George.
Jimmy is a professional, he thanked me for photographing him, so did Trisha and Garth (Brooks) and William Lee Golden.
The shortsightedness of the publicity firm handling the event alienated photographers and lost the opportunity to record a classic moment in Nashville's music history.
I had a full access pass, as guest of William Lee Golden. No other photographer was assigned to him or his group or apparently to any other artist off stage. "Live" on stage photography is done by lots of proficient photographers snapping for agencies and media, but I prefer being behind the scenes with the artists or on stage for that unique trusted perspective. Backstage, artists are dressed and primed for performance. There is an energy and comradeship between performers and stars gathering for such an event, that is precious and memorable.


Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 21
East Nashville


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Published November 21 2014


Nashville, 1985
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NOVEMBER 19
Motown's JIMMY RUFFIN died on Monday, he was 78.
Here is a photograph of Jimmy, a really lovely man, from 1972.
We did a short session in a park (St Anne's Churchyard Gardens, Wardour Street, London) amidst winos, junkies and office workers.
Jimmy Ruffin is famous for his hit, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Another one of my RUFFIN pictures is published in the Guardian (UK)


London, 1972 - © Alan Messer / rexfeatures.com
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Reposting
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, SEVEN (UK)
Published October 5th
2014

READ THE STORY


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NOVEMBER 1973
BILL WITHERS - Old Grey Whistle Test
I owned one cassette in my first car that I played over and over, Bill Withers.
I met Bill in 1973 on the set of the Old Grey Whistle Test, a lovely man.
Yesterday I learned that Stan McKenney from Glasgow, Kentucky wrote the lyrics to, Who Is He (And What Is He To You).


Two other memorable concerts that year were at the BBC Theatre in London and Carnegie Hall, both shows opened with 'Ain`t No Sunshine'.
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NOVEMBER 11
VETERAN'S / ARMISTICE DAY
When I came to live in America in 1978, I moved to Nashville where I met several young men who were Vietnam War veterans, each had their story, some had visible wounds, others deep emotional scars that manifested themselves in grand "party" style or deep depression.
I was young too, twenty eight years old, a post WW2 "Baby Boomer", born six years after that war.

My father enlisted in the British Army at eighteen, his older brother enlisted in the British Navy. Uncle Bob told me that he felt alive and somewhat like John Wayne going off to war, but then he met some other young men, Germans, the enemy. Bob said he liked them, why were they facing each other on the battlefield? Of course Hitler and the Nazis had to be stopped by the Allies. This was a legitimate war.

An English romantic with an eye for swashbuckling independence, Bob was tall, handsome and totally in his element at sea experiencing the time of his life and then his ship, HMS Curlew was sunk in Norway on 26th May, 1940. The injuries changed his life forever.
In 1989, Herbert Messer (Uncle Bob) published a self penned book about his naval experience: Able Seaman RNVR by H.J.Messer.

In 1914 my grandfather Joe Lyons enlisted in the army as a teenager, faking his age to go to war.
The patriotic glory depicted in the British Pathé news reels looked a lot different from the reality of the trenches.
Dezo Hoffmann, my old photographic mentor, also had many stories from being involved and wounded in the Spanish Civil War.

There are many stories, many accounts of war, protests and glorification.
As we pass through life from the cradle to the grave we may hold many secrets, hope to share many dreams, laugh and love as much as we can, suffer through pain, through vanity to reach our journey's end. There really is no point in fussing and fighting over points of view, religion and beliefs.
Is freedom really free, someone always pays. Some wars are valid, most are not.
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NOVEMBER 11
VETERAN'S DAY
Let us remember this VETERANS DAY the reality of glorious war.
This is a "Body Of War". War is not pretty. Tomas was shot and paralysed just days after beginning his tour of duty in Iraq ten years ago.
TOMAS YOUNG died yesterday from his wounds, just days away from his 35th birthday.
It was my honour and privilege to be invited into his home several times with my camera. Tomas wanted these pictures to be shown.

Today there will be parades, flag waving and marching bands, but what you may not see beyond the nationalism are the men and women unable to attend these events, unable to walk, to fend for themselves, to open the fridge, to make love, to be normal functioning people leading independent lives.
Look beyond what the media wants you to see and ask yourself, who lost or won and why?


Tomas Young - St Louis, Missouri - August 27 2013

Tomas did not die in vain. He rose up against political wars. Each and every lost and wounded person on both sides pays a price
for political posturing. In days of olde leaders would fight it out on the battlefield, now they send gung-ho brainwashed kids.
Their families cry bitter tears forever.
"War, What Are we Fighting For"
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NOVEMBER 10
TOMAS YOUNG (11.30.79 – 11.10.14) was a sweet man, he lived to be 34.
An Iraq war victim, Tomas is renowned for his outspoken words on the war and for the film, "Body Of War" that depicted the reality of war and it's victims.
War is not pretty, in days of olde battles were fought by leaders, but that day has long gone.
Today Tomas finally could not sustain his life.
With dignity and honour, twenty days before his 35th birthday, Tomas left this world.


St Louis, Missouri
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NOVEMBER 9
The mighty ROY "FUTUREMAN" WOOTEN
playing with MU'TET at 3rd and Lindsley
MU'TET is: JEFF COFFIN: saxes, electro-sax + flute / FELIX PASTORIUS: bass / BILL ‘The Spaceman’ FANNING: space trumpet /
CHRIS WALTERS - piano + keyboards


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 8
BILL LLOYD
at The Basement, with Keith Brogdon - drums / Kyle Frederick - guitar / Mike Vargo - bass


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 8
TURMERIC ROOT
Market fresh locally grown organic by Adam and Sue Turtle at Earth Advocates Research Farm
in Summertown, Tennessee


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 7
TOMMY WOMACK reading at "Howlin' After Dark" - Howlin' Books
T'was yester-morrow, well read and heard. Pages turned, ears perked, a silent shutter clicked a photographic record of Womack, of applause, of laughter.
T'was 15 minutes of morrow eve well spent, sans Cheese, sans LOUD guitar, sans lyrics, sans song. More please DADDY, read us more.


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 6
RICK “Rick the Bass Player” ROSAS dead at 65
Rick played with: Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Etta James and more.
Here is the inner sleeve of Joe Walsh's, Ordinary Average Guy (Epic, 1991) that we shot in Memphis, Rick is on the left.


Memphis, Tennessee - 1991
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NOVEMBER 5
JACK PEARSON is one of my favourite guitar players.
I got to the Station Inn in time to catch the last set with his wonderful combo; Charles Treadway - keyboards and Joshua Hunt - drums.
No wonder Jack is so happy!


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 5
Rainy Day afternoon In Nashville
Interstate I-40 West


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 4
SHERYL CROW
After a wonderful interview about her music with fellow band member Jen Gunderman at Nashville's Blair School Of Music,
Sheryl sang, "Are you strong enough to be my man?", to launch a short set.
Ultimately it is about the music that sounds wonderful in the intimate setting of Blair.


Jen Gunderman - accordion, Robert Kearns - bass.
Blair School Of Music, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 4
SHERYL CROW was interviewed by fellow band member, Jen Gunderman, about her music, writing and career,
in the intimate setting of Nashville's Blair School Of Music.
Sheryl is a fascinating woman with deep musical roots and emotions who takes us on her personal journey.


Blair School Of Music, Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 4
HAPPY 73rd BIRTHDAY DELBERT
Delbert with Wendy Goldstein and Bob Britt (Etta was there too)
at the Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen,Terry Allen show at Nashville's City Winery
I have been a Delbert McClinton fan since the 70's, getting to know the man is a joy. Young at heart and forever soulful.


Nashville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 3
THREE WEST TEXAS AMIGOS
Guy Clark, Terry Allen and Joe Ely (from Lubbock)
after the Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Terry Allen show at Nashville's City Winery


Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 31
HALLOWEEN
WITCHES' BALL: Dance With the Devil! - Logue's Black Raven Emporium.

More on GIGS page


Nashville, Tennessee
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SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, SEVEN (UK)
Published October 5th
2014

READ THE STORY


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OCTOBER 25
TRIGGER HIPPY/ CAPITOL THEATER, Bowling Green, Kentucky
The CAPITOL is a lovely old theatre, however SKyPAC and the Kentucky Arts Council seemingly don't know how to run this
in a Kentucky friendly manner, unlike the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow (KY),
which has the friendliest management and staff and wonderful old architecture.
A really fun night with my friends old and new.


TRIGGER HIPPY featuring Kentuckians, Steve Gorman (drums) + Joan Osborne (vocals), rocked!
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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OCTOBER 25
JACK BRUCE dead at 71
It is very sad to see rock icon Jack Bruce leave this world so soon.
The cause of death was apparently liver failure. Earlier before this interview I met two of the most fucked-up men who could hardly see,
but that's another picture.
Meanwhile let's remember a brilliant musician, lovely man and a rock icon.

Here is the interview with Jack and Mick Taylor talking to Bob Harris on the Old Grey Whistle Test, 1975.
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OCTOBER 24
LEE ROY PARNELL playing the 'miss you blues' that we all get sometimes.
The rest of the gig at Johnetta's in Bowling Green was rocking blues that Texan, Lee Roy plays so well.
A great time was had by all!


Johnetta's Pub, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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OCTOBER 23
This Thursday I am Flashing back to Monday, July 8th 1968 (seems timely with Sir Paul touring again)
This is 17 year old ME having just photographed three of The Beatles at a press screening/photo call at Bowater House (102 seat) private cinema in Knightsbridge, London, nine days before the Yellow Submarine world première at the London Pavilion (I was there too).
My agency Rex found this picture in their collection a few years ago.

Paul, George and Ringo were at the press event, John sent a cardboard version of his cartoon character instead.
Paul was a bit uncomfortable posing without the real John, but Ringo kept the jokes flying (that's why I am laughing) and we got our pictures.
Then we watched the film with them.

On my left shoulder is a Mecabliz Flash battery, the head is in my right hand and the camera is my Nikkormat bought second hand in London with £100 my grandfather left me. I bounced the flash that is why I am holding the head. I hate flash. It is rare to see me working "press style".
I was a seasoned professional of eight months!


This contact sheet is representative of my style.
I remember this event and look how we are all dressed in suits and ties. I am next to their publicist, Tony Barrow, who I really liked.
Wonderful man, reminded a bit of my grandfather Joe, they both died too soon.

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OCTOBER 23
ALVIN STARDUST dead at 72

I photographed him a few times in London in the 70's, I took this one at the Magnet Records office.
I shot a few of their artists. Sad to report yet another victim of cancer.
I remember Alvin (stage name) formerly, (Shane Fenton) being a really nice man despite the "image".
His 70's hits were: My Coo Ca Choo and 'Jealous Mind'.


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OCTOBER 23
DAVID REDFERN jazz photographer has died at 78.

I first met David in London at Ronnie Scott's club, or at press receptions, forty plus years ago.
David was a formidable man of large frame that Buddy Rich quipped was "probably the greatest jazz photographer in the world today, but he’s too tall". Always charming, David photographed with film and a Hasselblad.
In the early 70's he ran a film processing lab in Charring Cross Road, where we would get our colour film processed.

He was a successful businessman, opening his own music picture library, Redferns, which was he sold to Getty in 2008.

David was loved and respected by all who knew him, his photography bears his mark, even without a credit, it is stylized as a "David Redfern".
David died of cancer, he was 78 and recently remarried.

It seems that I am writing more obituaries as too many are getting cancer, some survive, others do not. To write the standard complaint about our society that allows and seemingly promotes cancerous materials is not for this obituary. There is no standard answer. Each and every dear person on this planet who succumbs to cancer is special. It breaks my heart each time. Look deeper into the cause, not just the "cure".
Goodbye David Redfern

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OCTOBER 21
I have loved horses since I was a boy. I took riding lessons with Daphne at a local stable in Westgate, Kent.
I remember how wonderful they smell. Their big eyelashes and lovely manes. I hung out with this beauty for a few minutes, kissed her nose and took this picture.
Riding lessons were for the more affluent, so my riding lessons didn't last long, so I had to contend with sixpenny donkey rides on the beach during the summers.

Today I had an accident and fell in my house. It wasn't too serious, a little lower lumbar disruption, but it made me realise that life is precious it can be over in the blink of an eye, or everything may change. As I was falling I wanted to speak to those I love, to say what they did not hear or know.
Then my arse crashed to the floor. Trust your senses and do not trust Crocs!


Tennessee
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OCTOBER 18
JONATHAN BROWN recording a wonderful set for a live album at Carter Vintage Guitars, Nashville
which included a lovely rendition of Autumn Leaves.
The falling leaves drift by the window / The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses / The sunburned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long / And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling / When autumn leaves start to fall
(lyrics by Johnny Mercer)


Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 18
EMMYLOU HARRIS
singing, "Big Black Dog" at Crossroads Pets Shop & Adopt Benefit, East Nashville.
Great event, Emmy was gleaming from her silver boots to beaming smile.

Performances by Lisa Oliver-Gray, Michael Webb, Cortes, Barbara lamb and others, all for the benefit of the dogs.

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OCTOBER 18
A bee enjoys a SUNFLOWER
The last remnants of Summer.

West Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 17
"I miss you most of all my darling, When autumn leaves start to fall."


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 17


Westmoreland, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 16
PAUL McCARTNEY - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
I think this is "Carry That Weight" - Best Beatle cover band!
Paul looks fabulous too at 72, trim and energetic.


Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 15
ALICE COOPER
School's Out, Welcome to my Nightmare!
Backstage with Alice at the Bridgestone Arena. Some of my pictures are in his School's Out Box Set, 2013
Lovely man.


Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 15
ME and ALICE COOPER
School's Out, welcome to our Nightmare!
So good to spend a few minutes backstage with Alice at the Bridgestone Arena, it has been many years since we met.


Photo by KC @CerealKyler
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Published October 13

George asked me during the afternoon of September 23rd 1974 to shoot this concert for him.
I had met and photographed Ravi a few months earlier at The Savoy Hotel in London. This was a brilliant concert. Thank you George and Ravi.
Here's some YouTube video




Some of my photographs appear in the "Collaboration" box set, 2010. Unfortunately my concert pictures are credited to another photographer who was not there. George asked me personally to photograph the concert and I consequently printed him a set of 12x15 black and white prints which I hand delivered to Dark Horse Records.
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OCTOBER 11
LORETTA LYNN
The first time I met Loretta was at Country music festival in Wembley, England in 1977.
The set list for tonight's Ryman show is fabulous, rehearsals sounded great. The Coalminers are a delight.

Wonderful to work with Loretta again.


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OCTOBER 10
USTAD LAKHA KHAN
Ustad Lakha Khan, from the Rajasthan province in the northwest of India near Pakistan is a master musician and instrument builder of the Sindhi Sarangi, a 37-string bowed instrument whose name means "one hundred colours" referring to the wide tonal range of the instrument.
Khan is a virtuoso performer whose vocal and instrumental abilities hearken to a bygone era wherein vocalists performed in primarily unamplified settings and so developed the ability to sing and project at an astonishing level. Accompanied by his son, Dane, on dholak, a two-headed Indian drum, they played a wonderful two sets at at Emma Bistro, Nashville.


Emma Cafe - Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 10
Organic Onions
Locally grown by Eric at Pilgrim's Produce.


My home - Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 9
JOHN ENTWISTLE would have been 70 today.
I photographed him with his band, OX performing on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975
Entwistle died in a hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on June 27th 2002, the day before The Who's US tour.
I had met him once before with The Who for a frantic press picture, this time was mellow.
Being the OGWT photographer with unique access I got to meet and photograph a lot of musicians and began a lifelong friendship with presenter, Bob Harris.


BBC TV - Shepherd's Bush, England - February 14 1975
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OCTOBER 9
JOHN LENNON would have been 74 today.
Number 9 Dream
Stand By Me from The Old Grey Whistle Test [1975]


London, England - May 23 1968
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OCTOBER 8
Another wonderful day working with LORETTA LYNN at her Hurricane Mills ranch.
I got to kiss some happy horses (took some snaps too) and view some lovely scenery. The weather was perfect.

The band rehearsal for the Ryman shows sounded incredible. I heard classic songs like, 'Blue Kentucky Girl '
and 'You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man', that took me back to first meeting and photographing Loretta in England in the 70's. Loretta's then manager would invite me to photograph her in Nashville on my visits and then when I moved here in '78.

The drive home was gorgeous, the huge moon rose on the horizon in front of me as I drove I-40 with the sunset in my rear-view mirror.
Being a photographer is so much fun. I bought my first camera when I was seven, became a professional at sixteen 46 years ago.

Chatting briefly with Loretta and seeing how hard she works is inspiring.
Rocking Loretta !


Loretta Lynn Writes 'Em and Sings 'Em, is a 1970 classic
1. "I Know How" / 2. "What Has the Bottle Done to My Baby" / 3. "One You Need"
4. "Your Squaw Is on the Warpath" / 5. "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)"
6. "Crazy Out of My Mind" / 7. "You Wanna Give Me a Lift" / 8. "Wings Upon Your Horns"
9. "To Make a Man (Feel Like a Man)" / 10. "Deep As Your Pocket" / 11. "Fist City"
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OCTOBER 6
Flashback Tuesday<<
One Sunday in 1984 ROBERT DUVALL, his then wife Gail, June Carter and me were driven to Millersville Church by Johnny Cash to experience Reverend Baggett. Quite a lot of the Apostle character was based on Baggett.
Here's a picture from our album cover session for indie record company, Triad Records. I was the art director/ photographer for the label.
This photograph was taken at the Sam Davis Hotel in Nashville (inspired by Merle's "Big City" album cover), it was demolished a few weeks later displacing down-on their-luck residents.

This album was never released due to a partnership breakdown in Triad. Shame because it was really good. I spent about a month working with Duvall both in my studio and on location. The recordings were inspired by Lefty Frizzell and produced by Chips Moman in his Nashville studio. Johnny and June, Waylon, Dan Penn and others were often at the studio. This was after 'Tender Mercies' (Duvall is wearing the shirt from the film) and before, 'The Apostle'.


Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 4
Me with LORETTA LYNN
What a trooper, Loretta was really tired after filming for a tv documentary, posing for pictures, hosting family,
her three sisters (who joined her on stage for some songs), plus Sheryl Crow, who is also wonderful.
Loretta and Sheryl sang, "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" on the bus with Sheryl on guitar.
They performed that on stage after Sheryl sang, "Are You Strong Enough To Be My Man".
I first met and photographed Loretta in England four decades ago and Sheryl at Johnny Cash's home in 2003.


Photograph by Patsy Lynn Russell
Loretta Lynn's Ranch - Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 3

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN would have been 60 Today


SRV - "PRIDE & JOY"
BUDGET EDITION PRINTS FOR SALE

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OCTOBER 3
After a dry spell Nashville gets rain.
Boys just want to have FUN!


East Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 2
It was hard to leave these lovelies. Till the next time ...


Joelton, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 1
A murmuration of STARLINGS


Whites Creek, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 1
GMO CORNSCAPE

Magic golden light. Shame that this corn will harm people.
Ironically I left here and bought the sweetest tastiest organically grown local corn at the local Country Crossroads Market in Whites Creek. Yum!


Joelton, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 30

MARTY STUART
is 56 today

 


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SEPTEMBER 27

GOVERNMENT CHEESE at Headliners, Louisville, Kentucky
New CHEESE page added

 




Louisville, Kentucky

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SEPTEMBER 27

TOMMY WOMACK GOVERNMENT CHEESE at Headliners
"Come On Back To Bowling Green And Marry Me"

 


Louisville, Kentucky

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SEPTEMBER 27

On the road to The Government Cheese show at Headliners, Louisville, Kentucky
The Cheese launched into their hits with, "Camping On Acid" - "My Old Kentucky Home"
- "Come on Back To Bowling Green and Marry Me"
and many more!
I love photographing Kentucky landscapes, next to Texas they have my favourite skies. Always inspirational.


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SEPTEMBER 26

AMBER DIGBY playing her brand of "real" Country Music at Nashville's Station Inn
I posted this picture on Facebook without prior knowledge of her and have had an amazing response.
Truly, one never knows.


Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 24

GEORGE HAMILTON IV Memorial Celebration at The Ryman Auditorium
L-R:  Frye Gaillard + Eddie Stubbs + George Hamilton V (son) + Hank Williams daughter, Jett + Connie Smith + Chris Scruggs

Friends, family and fans gathered in Nashville's "Mother Church of Country" to honour George Hamilton IV

GEORGE HAMILTON V (son)


Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 23

RCA STUDIO A - Nashville
Dolly Parton recorded "Jolene" in Studio A in 1974, featuring, "I Will Always Love You".
The RCA building is destined to be demolished by an investor to build condominiums!

Nashville residents and music performers are protesting this action.
Investors are aligning with politicians demolishing historic Nashville buildings and sites. Tourism is an important element of the Nashville economy. By destroying most of the physical history many fear it may change and disappoint tourism.
#SaveStudioA  #GarthBrooksSaveStudioA


Studio A stereo, Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 22

GARRY TALLENT (E Street Band) + LUCINDA WILLIAMS
12th South Tap Room


Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 21


Juno Awards, O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada - March 21 1993

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SEPTEMBER 17

GOODBYE GEORGE!
GEORGE HAMILTON IV died this afternoon.
I first met George at a Country Festival, we got along well and shot a photo session at my London studio on February 8th 1977.
George was 77 when he died.



George Hamilton was a gracious wonderful gentleman. I saw him last at the Merle Haggard show at the Ryman, August 26th.


George will be missed by his family, friends and adoring fans. An era has ended.
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SEPTEMBER 16

I attended the opening of The Carter Family, "Lives and Legacies" Exhibition,
at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Tennessee. I have two pictures in the exhibit.
My photograph of Johnny Cash is in
the permanent exhibit.


© Photograph by Jessica Stiles
Bristol, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 16

Carter - CASH exhibit
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Bristol, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 16
JESSICA STILES - Bristol Tennessee.


Bristol, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 15

GOVERNMENT CHEESE take a moment to pose during their recording session
at Alex The Great Recording Studio, Nashville.
The masterful Brad Jones is producing. The band is musically hot with great new songs!

L-R:
Billy Mack Hill - bass + vocals / Tommy Womack - guitars + vocals / Scott Willis - lead singer + guitar / Viva - guitar / Joe "Elvis" King - drums


Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 13

REDD VELVET playing at Russellville Blues, Kentucky

The soulful band is:
Kenny Lee - guitar / William Howse - harps / Michael Gough - bass / Gerry Smoot - drums / Andy Torain - Keyboards


Russellville, Kentucky

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SEPTEMBER 12

GEORGE HAMILTON iV (77) suffered a heart attack today

George is one of the kindest men of heart and soul. We first met in 1977 when I photographed him at my London studio.
He paid me a US cheque which opened my first Nashville bank account. I last saw George at the Merle Haggard concert (Ryman).
Here is a snap from backstage at the Grand Ole' Opry four weeks ago, on August 12th.
We were talking about the new James Brown film.


Nashville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 12
Remembering JOHNNY CASH
February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003


Hendersonville, Tennessee

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SEPTEMBER 12
Remembering GEORGE JONES
September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013


Nashville, Tennessee
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September 11
Remembering 911, 13 years ago.
Beyond the politics, we remember the people.
Mothers and fathers, sons and brothers, sisters and daughters, friends, lovers, husbands and wives.
Over 3,000 lives that were lost and those who remain bereaved, have to live a lifetime without.
I visited Ground Zero early one morning in August 2002, arriving as the construction crew were starting their shift.

This picture tells the story better than I can.
Peace To All People.


mouse over for 2nd picture, taken 2 blocks from Ground Zero
New York City, New York
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September 9
STAND UP TO CANCER campaign - It takes more than slogans and cure!
Eradicate the chemicals, pesticides and polluted food.
Every day this I hear of another person stricken with cancer. Enough already!
How many more times do we have to cry and mourn for the dead, for our friends and loved ones or comfort and support those in treatment?
The way to Stand Up To Cancer to it is to clean up the food industry, chemical industry and BigPharm.
Eat organic local produce (find a restaurant that does). Do not use pesticides and throw away all household chemicals and cleaning products.

 


Music Row Roundabout, Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 8
Harvest Moon

and the anniversary of my parents wedding, 65 years ago.


Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 7
Moonrise


Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 6
MICHAEL WEBB
played a great set with MARK WINCHESTER (bass).
They call their duo MW2.


The Family Wash, Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 6
Monroe Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert
at Carter Vintage Guitars


Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 6
Henry Diltz is one of my favourite music photographers

and one of the nicest men on the planet
, he celebrates his 76th year today.


Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 6
Sunflowers
- Richland Park Farmers Market


Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 3
VINCE GILL
visiting Carter Vintage Guitars
with Christie Carter (owner)


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 30
JOE ELY
played The Franklin Theatre with Alejandro Escovedo
and the wonderful accompaniment of Susan Voelz on violin.


Franklin, Tennessee
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AUGUST 30
Red Cross, Kentucky


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AUGUST 28
THE PINK FLOYD APPRECIATION SOCIETY photo session.


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AUGUST 26
TRUE LOVE has no limits
(after the Merle Haggard concert)


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 26
MERLE HAGGARD - Hilton Hotel, Nashville.


I have been a big Merle Haggard fan for many years. I first discovered his music back in England when I photographed him rehearsing (1976) one of those pictures became his Greatest Hits of The 80s album. I photographed Merle and George for Yesterday's Wine (1982) and Merle for 'Back To The Barrooms' (1989).
I used to hang out with a friend at his Kingston Springs, cabin, we drank, smoked, ate pasta with lots of garlic and always played Merle. It is hard to play just one Merle Haggard song.
At 77 he is still great and tells some funny stories.

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AUGUST 26
MERLE HAGGARD - The Ryman

Merle played a two hour set tonight to a packed house.
Amongst the crowd I saw many friends, acquaintances and some Nashville musicians, like: John Prine, John Hiatt, Vince Gill, Shawn Camp and David Frizzell;
producers, songwriters and regular people like me. What a show, what a great two days. He sang them all, the band sounds great.
Merle Haggard is a classic American original. We won't see one like him again.


The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 26
MERLE HAGGARD - Hilton Hotel, Nashville.


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 25
MERLE HAGGARD
was happy to play Nashville
and really quite funny telling stories about Johnny, Willie and more.
The music is classic Merle. His wife and son are in The Strangers. What a treat to see him again!


Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 25
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY ELVIS


I met Elvis Costello at Beech House Recording Studio in Nashville during a Charlie Louvin session (2006).
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AUGUST 24
DAVID OLNEY - "As You Like It" - Shakespeare in the Park


Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 23
GOVERNMENT CHEESE
R-O-C-K-E-D the packed Mercy Lounge

If you were at another music show in Nashville you were in the wrong place!


The Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 22
GOVERNMENT CHEESE
The Cheese took a break from rehearsal today to pose for this picture.


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 21
ROOFTOP SWING DANCE


The Gulch, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 20
ROBERT PLANT is 66 today


Abbey Road Studios, London - 2010
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AUGUST 20
A summer THUNDERSTORM breaks the Nashville heat
105F down to 71F - perfect!


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 20
How to beat the summer heat


Whites Creek, Tennessee
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AUGUST 16
Amish - Munfordville, Kentucky


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AUGUST 16
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS
- Greensburg, Kentucky


Greg Martin, Doug Phelps, Richard Young and Fred Young (hidden on drums).
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AUGUST 13


Franklin, Kentucky
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AUGUST 12
PETER MESSER

May 28 1918 - Aug 12 2006


England, 2003
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AUGUST 9


Bells Bend farm, Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 9
DADDY

L>R: Will Kimbrough, Paul Griffith, Tommy Womack, Dave Jacques


Scottsville, Kentucky
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AUGUST 8
RUSSELLVILLE BLUES

KP Hall was a "B stop" on the Chitlin' Circuit in the late 50's and 60's.


KP Hall, Russellville, Kentucky
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AUGUST 8

GOVERNMENT CHEESE (4/5)
Watching footage from Picasso's, Bowling Green / Joe Elvis on drums

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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AUGUST 8

TOMMY WOMACK / GOVERNMENT CHEESE rehearsal
Exhilarating, exciting band.


Nashville, Tennessee
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AUGUST 7
Nashville, Tennessee


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AUGUST 6
Happy twin Birthday Patsy and Peggy.
PATSY, PEGGY and LORETTA LYNN


Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
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AUGUST 5
Remembering VERN GOSDIN on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Drop a quarter in the jukebox and play a Vern Gosdin song.


Nashville, Tennessee - 1997
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AUGUST 2
JOHN CARTER CASH
a sold out show


Douglas Corner, Nashville, Tennessee
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JULY 31
AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT Nashville Convention Center


Nashville, Tennessee
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JULY issue
My pictures of STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN featured in
The BLUES Magazine (UK)


SPECIAL

SRV - "PRIDE & JOY"
BUDGET EDITION PRINTS ON SALE

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JULY 29
Remembering MAMA CASS ELLIOTT who died forty years ago on July 29th 1974 at 34 years of age,
leaving a legacy of her music with, The Mamas and The Papas.


I was 18 when I took this picture, Cass was 28
Manchester Square, London- October 1969
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JULY 28
JEFF POPPEN, the Barefoot Farmer - Nashville CSA appearing on "Volunteer Gardener"/ NPT


Nashville, Tennessee

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JULY 25
MARTY STUART and His Fabulous Superlatives rocked Nashville's Frist Friday outdoor summer concert series.

Manuel Cuevas costumer to the stars greeting Marty wearing a Manuel suit.


The Frist Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

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JULY 25
Manuel Cuevas (costumer to the stars) and his wife Maria.


MARTY STUART and His Fabulous Superlatives - The Frist Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

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JULY 25
Soul Man SAM MOORE in Nashville today


"Hold On - I'm Coming"
The 'Soul Men' LP was released in 1967, the year I launched my career.
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JULY 24


Nashville, Tennessee
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JULY 21
Train
a comin'


East Nashville, Tennessee
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JAMES GARNER (April 7th 1928 - July 19th 2014)
We met at John and June Cash's home. He was a lovely man, who is already missed by his family, friends and many fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LI0RR9jGq8
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JULY 18
J.D. SIMO Rocking The Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee


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JULY 18
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY RICKY SKAGGS


Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs together again.
Woofstock, Fontanel, Whites Creek, Tennessee - 6.7.14

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JULY 16
JOHNNY WINTER
(February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014
}
Johnny was really happy and in fine form. He rocked out on "Jumping Jack Flash" with his band. It was a fun session.

Watch the OGWT video

The Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC TV, London - October 1974

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JULY 16
JACK PEARSON
Jack and his trio (Charles Treadway - keyboards + Joshua Hunt - drums) are fabulous.


The Station Inn, Nashville, Tennessee

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JULY 15
Happy Birthday, LINDA RONSTADT
New Victoria Theatre, London - November 1st 1976
Old Grey Whistle Test live broadcast


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JULY 12
The Long Players perform Aretha Franklin's, "I Never Loved a Man .."
Checking background harmonies for, 'The House That Jack Built'.
L-R: Cissy Crutcher + Jonell Mosser + Etta Britt (in mirror) + Vickie Carrico + Sheila Lawrence + Michael Mishaw


3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, Tennessee

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JULY 9
DAVID OLNEY about to go on stage at The End, Nashville, Tennessee
for the launch of his new album, "When The Deal Goes Down".


With David are: Sergio Webb (guitars) and Daniel Seymour (bass)

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JULY 8
DAVID OLNEY singing, "When The Deal Goes Down" - Howlin' Books, Nashville, Tennessee


David sang songs from the album including an acoustic version of, Why So Blue? Here's the album track.

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JULY 7

CHARLIE LOUVIN was born July 7th 1927
He was a wonderful man. The Louvin Brothers are one of the foundations of male Country harmony.
I photographed Charlie several times. Here he is in Bell Buckle, Tennessee - 10.30.10
He died January 26, 2011 of cancer.

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JULY 2
JOHN CARTER CASH singing BIG RIVER at Nashville's Station Inn
celebrating our old friend and engineer David Ferguson's birthday.


The band: Kenny Malone, Matt Sweeney, Guthrie Trapp, Mike Henderson, Dennis Crouch (tic-tac!), Dwight Scott, Mike Bubb + guests.
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JULY 1
CHARLIE McCOY honouring drummer, Tommy Wells with Jack Pearson and The Midnight Ramblers.
Jimmy Hall and The Prisoners of Love were great too.
Proceeds benefit The Tommy Wells Memorial Fund. Tommy left this world too soon on September 24th 2013. He was a lovely man.


3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, Tennessee
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JULY
Feature on Alan Messer

+ ALAN MESSER INTERVIEW
for Greek Blues Hall of Fame.


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JUNE 25
MICHAEL JACKSON - 5 years gone

Michael singing, 'Rockin' Robin' during rehearsals for The Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium - Oct 30th 1972
The setlist:
1] I Want You Back / ABC
2] Rockin' Robin (Michael)
3] We Thank You / The Love You Save


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JUNE 20
MARY GAUTHIER
rehearsing with Gretchen Peters + Steve Ebe (drums)
"Trouble and Love" album performance

Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tennessee.
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JUNE 18
SIR PAUL is 72 TODAY


Yellow Submarine press film screening, Bowater House, London July 6th 1968
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JUNE 16
JOE SUN
farewell Nashville gig at Brown's Diner.
Joe is singing, "Old Flames (Can't hold a Candle to You)" with Opry star Jan Howard.
Joe's 'Old Flames' album was my first Nashville LP cover in 1978.


Pat McInerney - drums, Vaughn Lofstead - guitar and out of frame, Mike Dunbar on bass.
Listen> Old Flames (Can't hold a Candle to You)
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JUNE 13
JAMES COTTON

W.C. Handy Blues Festival - Henderson, Kentucky

Cotton played with Muddy Waters for about twelve years. His music speaks for itself.

Cotton Crop Blues - Sun Records 1954
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JUNE 7
EMMYLOU HARRIS - WOOFSTOCK 2014
Hosting her Bonaparte's Retreat dog adaption benefit - Fontanel, Nashville, Tennessee


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JUNE
/f NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Johnny Cash - ICON VOL 2 (Mercury/UMG, 2.25.14) back cover
CD + LP covers + videos, listed - updated 5.20.14
+ contributions to: George Jones/ Duets + Johnny Cash/ Duets (Sony Music)
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JUNE 2
CHARLIE WATTS is 73 TODAY


Hyde Park, London - June 13 1969
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MAY 1968
BOBBIE GENTRY
"I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (EMI/Capitol was my first LP cover

I was seventeen when I took these pictures


Manchester Square, London - May 1968
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MAY 28
My father would have been 96 today.


I did not leave England for ever, I just went on an excursion. Always keep moving forward, try something new.
My intention was to experience Nashville, where I had many contacts, then go to Los Angeles, then New York (which I did for a year), then move back to England.
The work compelled me to stay, my heart got swayed, a young man's plan took another turn.

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MAY 26
This Memorial Day
I honour TOMAS YOUNG, US ARMY IRAQ WAR VET, who is living the ultimate sacrifice.


US Army uniform hangs in a closet at his home
MOUSE OVER


Tomas joined the military to get even with the 911 attackers the nation had been told were harbored in Afghanistan. Instead he was deployed to Iraq in April 2004. Five days later his convoy came under attack. A bullet from an AK-47 assault rifle severed his spine, leaving him paralyzed below the waist. His recovery was difficult. His story became the subject of the movie, 'Body Of War'. Tomas became an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War, delivering uniquely passionate speeches against the war. Numerous surgeries and medical procedures took Tomas from being a paraplegic to being a quadriplegic and more.
"War, what are we fighting for?"
St Louis, Missouri - August 2013
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MAY 24
LORETTA LYNN is an American original.

Loretta is an icon, her songs are classic with an undying passion for music, plus she is a really nice person.

Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch,
Hurricane Mills , Tennessee
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MAY 21
WILLIE NELSON
CFSB Center - Murray State University, Kentucky

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APRIL 23
The MAVERICKS rock Manuel's 81st birthday party

Back In Your Arms; Come Unto Me: Every Little Thing About You; and more.

The Standard, Nashville, Tennessee
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MAY 16
Backstage at a Willie Nelson Show

A Backstage Pass (To A Willie Nelson Show)
Hello I'm Johnny Cash, One night I had a backstage pass to the Willie Nelson Show
There were wackoes and weirdoes and dingbats and dodoes
And athletes and movie stars and David Allan Coe
There was leather and lace and every minority race
With a backstage pass to the Willie Nelson Show
Kristofferson got an offer for a movie promoters closed another deal or two
Waylon got a call from his son Shooter and he went home the minute he was through.
I moved with the mob at intermission
To the green room where you see who you can see
There were has-been's and would-be's and never-were's
Paupers punks and millionaires and me.

Hells Angels blocked the traffic to the building
In order for the beer truck to come through
And waitin' in the wings to sing with Willie were hopeful stars of flickering magnitude
There was a singer Willie knew back in the fifties
Who once paid him fifty dollars for a song
There were women who once did and some who still would
I heard one ask did Connie come along?
I wish you could've been there, well maybe you were.

© John R Cash
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MAY 10
Annie Freeman discusses BARRY NOLAND'S prints
"PIECES OF SHELBY" - Shelby Park, Nashville, Tennessee.


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MAY 6
DAVID OLNEY - 5 Spot
East Nashville, Tennessee.


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MAY 5
TAMMY WYNETTE would have been 72 Today
We sat on her couch and talked, Tammy was a lovely lady.


At home - Nashville, Tennessee - 1998
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MAY 4
HENRY DILTZ
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee


The Morrison Hotel Gallery / Nashville
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MAY 3
JAMES BROWN would have been 81 Today


"Please, Please" - Opry, Nashville, Tennessee - 1988
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April 26
NATIONAL ARBOUR DAY


Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
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April 23
MANUEL CUEVAS 81st Birthday Party
MANUEL + MARIA share an emotional moment listening to Stephanie Urbina Jones song about Mexico


The Standard, Nashville, Tennessee
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April 22
HAPPY 79th BIRTHDAY WS HOLLAND

Johnny Cash Museum, 2.28.14
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April 22
EARTH DAY
Nashville, Tennessee

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April 22
HAPPY 64th BIRTHDAY PETER FRAMPTON

Peter performing in London,1976, promoting: 'Frampton Comes Alive'
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April 16

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD would have been 75 today.
She succumbed to breast cancer on March 22nd 1999 at 59. Dusty was an amazing talent.
The first Dusty Springfield song I heard was: I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU


Photographed at: 'Dee Time', BBC TV, Lime Grove, London, July 1968.
I think the orchestra was led by Harry Rabinowitz.
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April 14

Happy Birthday LORETTA LYNN, 82 today.


The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee - October 1977
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April 11

A conversation with Charles Strobel who runs Nashville's, Room At The Inn.

Nashville Arts Magazine and Nashville Lexus art event - Nashville, Tennessee
Photograph by Christy Milliken
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April 10
YUSF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS) has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to a lovely man and a great talent. Here is a picture I took of Cat Stevens during the 70s in England.


I think this is the concert; I was there for rehearsals. Enjoy

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April 10

Remembering my brother, JESSE "GUITAR" TAYLOR, who would have been 64 today.

Also his sister, Kathy Taylor (who died recently) pictured here with Billy Joe Shaver
at Jesse Fest, Austin, Texas - 4.24.05

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April 9
THANK YOU to my Facebook friends for the hundreds of messages and wishes for my birthday.
I am overwhelmed and grateful!


"An Affair Of The Hat" Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Brentwood, Tennessee - 4.8.14
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April 8
AN AFFAIR OF THE HAT
Meagan Rhodes


Stacey Rhodes Boutique, Brentwood, Tennessee
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April 7
BOBBY BARE is 79 TODAY
Here's Bobby at his home in Hendersohville, Tennessee - 2005
mouseover for other picture


That's How I Got To Memphis is one of my favourite songs.
My picture is used in the video, first close-up
Bobby sang this song last December in my neighbourhood
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April 6
MERLE HAGGARD is 77 TODAY
A fun picture from, 'A Taste Of Yesterday's Wine' session at CBS Recording Studio, Nashville - 1982


One of my favourite Country albums. Two of my favourite country singers.
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April 5
JEFF POPPEN, The Barefoot Farmer
with his new Fender from the Amish auction, Scottsville, Kentucky


Long Hungry Creek Farm, Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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April 3
GUY CLARK, Nashville
Ray Stephenson's CD release party - Terrazio, Nashville.


First time I have seen Guy since Susanna left this world.
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APRIL 1
RONNIE LANE would have been 68 today.
This photograph of Ronnie on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test was a promotional for his band, Slim Chance.
(My first professional session was with the Small Faces in '68)


Here's a video from the session
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MARTY STUART'S, Hillbilly Rock (1989) reissued on vinyl
by Bear Family Records, March 2014 as an extended gatefold.

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MARCH 29

EMMYLOU HARRIS singing, 'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues'
Barry Tashian is on the left harmonising for the dogs.
Tour for Life Adoption at Crossroads Pets, East Nashville, Tennessee


Emmylou also sang, 'Blue Kentucky Girl', solo.
Barry Tashian and his group, The Eclectic Five, sang a heartfelt rendition of Hank Snow's, 'I Don't Hurt Anymore'.

Lisa Oliver-Gray, Tommy Womack, Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau
and The Eclectic Five, also donated their time and music for the dogs.
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MARCH 25

RY COODER made a rare appearance in Nashville to benefit bluegrass musician, Tony Rice's medical expenses.
RY performed 3 songs with Ricky Skaggs at 3rd & Lindsley.


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MARCH 25

ELTON JOHN is 67 Today
I photographed Elton on his 21st birhday outside the Revolution Club in London, March 25th 1968.
He had performed Your Song a few minutes before.


Elton is from Pinner, near where I lived.
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MARCH 24

SHAWN COLVIN + STEVE EARLE shared "Stories and Songs" at Nashville's Schermerhorn.
Two blocks from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, is where Steve and I shot the classic GUITAR TOWN cover in 1986.


Steve's guest, Emmylou Harris sang the haunting, GOODBYE, from his Slow Train Coming album.
After the show I told Steve that I listened to this emotional song on my Walkman at Johnny and June's home in Jamaica,
but Johnny never discussed music with me except once to pass a message on to Steve that his version of, Hardin Wouldn't Run,
was the best.
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MARCH 21

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH rocked Nashville's Ryman for 3 hours.


mouse over for Stephen Stills

A sold out full house with many familiar faces, friends and acquaintances.

Brilliant, SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES 2012 live version
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MARCH 21

GRAHAM NASH - Nashville Public Library


Graham is promotng his new book, 'Wild Tales' and will be on stage with Crosby Stills and Nash at the Ryman tonight
I have photographed Graham since the Hollies. I love his energy and spirit, his photography and what a voice!
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MARCH 20

JIMMIE VAUGHAN is 63 today


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MARCH 18

TINARIWEN rocked the house
They are Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.


Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
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MARCH 15

RY COODER is 67 today


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MARCH 13

BUDDY MILLER + EMMYLOU HARRIS
singing, 'Love Hurts' at The Basement, Nashville


Amazing show, with guests: Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert and Regina McCrary (who beats a mean tambourine)
Buddy Miller does not perform much, spending his time producing in his own studio and broadcasts an internet show with Jim Lauderdale.
Buddy is an excellent writer and performer. His songs are carved from the heart and that's where they land.
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MARCH 8
LEON RHODES
posing after the 'Nashville Cats' interview with Bill Lloyd at the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville


Leon Rhodes is renowned for playing guitar with Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, the 'Hee Haw" tv show
and many Nashville recording sessions.
He celebrates his 82nd birthday on March 10th.
Check out Leon's solo on this 1966 classic - THANKS A LOT
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MARCH 6
JIM ROONEY warming up for his country/folk supergroup Irregulars show at The Station Inn, Nashville


These are great shows featuring a rotating group of Nashville's top session men and notable guests,
who gather to play at the Station Inn on the occasional occasions.
Rooney hails from the 60's Boston folk scene and was a director of the Newport Folk Festival, plus numerous production credits.
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BOB DYLAN DVD
released MARCH 4

Two of my photographs are in the new Bob Dylan DVD package from the 1992 "BobFest" at Madison Square Garden.

Back cover (contact sheet) + this inside page of the booklet.




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FEBRUARY 26

JOHNNY CASH would have been 82 today.


John sang his new song for dinner guest, Robert Duvall - 1982.
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FEBRUARY 25

GEORGE HARRISON would have been 71 today.


Kings Road, London, May 1968
This was the moment when John and Yoko arrived.
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FEBRUARY 23

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Poco RUSTY YOUNG


16 Ton Studio, Nashville Tennessee - 7.21.12
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FEBRUARY 23

Bryan and Sylvia Owings hosting the Memorial celebration for the life of Brian "Brain" Harrison, gone too soon.


Bryan and Sylvia are a beautiful couple. Tears and laughter amongst friends.
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FEBRUARY 14th

Love Sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Johnny and June's home, Cinnamon Hill, Jamaica - January 1999

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
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JANUARY 3

GEORGE MARTIN is 88 today


I took this picture at Abbey Road, Studio One on February 25th 2010 during, Sound & Vision.
The first time I met George Martin was on the set of Dee Time at the BBC in '67.
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