2016
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UPdated DECEMBER 31

DECEMBER 30
MIKE FLANIGIN TRIO
With JIMMIE VAUGHAN
C-Boy's, Austin, Texas


SUE FOLEY sat in for two songs

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DECEMBER 29
BILLY GIBBONS' JUNGLE SHOW 2
3Ten Club, Austin, Texas

JIMMIE VAUGHAN

CHRIS "WHIPPER" LAYTON + SUE FOLEY + JIMMIE VAUGHAN


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DECEMBER 28
BILLY GIBBONS' JUNGLE SHOW
SUE FOLEY
3Ten Club, Austin, Texas


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DECEMBER 27
THE JUNGLE SHOW
CHRIS "WHIPPER" LAYTON + SUE FOLEY + BILLY GIBBONS + JIMMIE VAUGHAN
The Jungle Show rehearsal - 3Ten Club, Austin, Texas


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DECEMBER 17
SYLVIA
Ford Theater - Country Music Hall Of Fame
/ 11:23 am
SYLVIA runs through a song backstage, seven minutes before showtime.

Excellent short set with Bobby Tomberlin (singer /songwriter) and John Mock (guitar, bango, percussion)


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DECEMBER 17
SHAWN CAMP
Station Inn
/ 10:27 pm
There is always a new song!
SHAWN and MICHAEL MANNING backstage between sets.
Great gig with: Mike Bub - bass, Jimmy Stewart - dobro, Larry Atamanuik - drums, Guthrie Trapp - guitars, Stuart Duncan - fiddle

and Lauren Mascitti - guest singer (Shawn’s talented girlfriend).


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DECEMBER 13
STAND WITH SAVANNAH - Benefit
Savannah and Kevin Welch - Skyville, Nashville
Our music community is strong and supportive when catastrophes happen.

Savannah, who recently suffered an accident, is a beautiful woman, daughter, sister, wife and mother.

It was a wonderful evening of music and comradeship, reuniting THE DEAD RECKONERS for the first time in fifteen years



Savannah, Dustin and Kevin Welch rehearse the finale song about family and children with Emmylou Harris.

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DECEMBER 8
BENEFIT FOR STANDING ROCK
Hosted by The Smoking Flowers - 5 Spot, Nashville

Brittany Fire Crow (Buffalo Ear Woman)

Tommy Womack

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NOVEMBER 26
THE RHYTHMETTES
3 Kentucky songbirds singing with JOHN JACKSON'S RHYTHM ROCKERS at 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
L-R: Lisa Oliver-Gray, Sheila Lawrence and Vickie Carrico


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NOVEMBER 21
JONATHAN SCALES FOURCHESTRA
House concert at Weintrob Studio, Nashville
MONO
NEON (bass) before the gig


JONATHAN SCALES + MONO NEON (Dywane Thomas, Jr.)

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NOVEMBER 18
NUDIE’S HONKY TONK OPENING PARTY


 

MANUEL, who worked at NUDIE’S in Hollywood and BILL MILLER owner of NUDIE’S HONKY TONK, Broadway (and CASH Museum)
at the opening party / 7:15 pm


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NOVEMBER 18
CLAIRE BOSWELL
singing, Willin' with Anne McCue at the Family Wash, Nashville / 10:42 pm
Claire is a wonderful singer songwriter from England, making her debut in Nashville. Anne McCue's guitar playing and band were a perfect fit.


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NOVEMBER 17
SHAWN STICKNEY
The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tribute at City Winery, Nashville
The concert benefits MUSICIANS CORNER, Nashville.


Shawn puts his soul and joy into his playing.
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NOVEMBER 12
MICHAEL GOUGH / bass
Blues Benefit for Capitol Arts Theater, Bowling Green, Kentucky


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NOVEMBER 12
JUSTIN KALK
Blues Benefit for Capitol Arts Theater, Bowling Green, Kentucky

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NOVEMBER 7
MARK O'CONNOR
City Winery, Nashville
About to take the stage with THE O'CONNOR BAND

THE O’CONNOR BAND played an amazing set. They are:
Mark O'Connor - fiddle, guitar + bass/ Maggie O'Connor - fiddle, vocals / Forrest O'Connor - mandolin, vocals / Kate Lee - fiddle, vocals /
Joe Smart - guitar, vocals / Geoff Saunders - bass, vocals
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SEPTEMBER 29
JIM ROONEY'S IRREGULARS
Station Inn, Nashville - 11:10 pm

with guest SAM BUSH
Fabulous band, each are talented musicians. Jim Rooney is a walking music historian.


Kathy Mattea sat in too for a couple of songs. Fabulous!

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SEPTEMBER 24
BAREFOOT FARMER'S BIODYNAMIC CONFERENCE
Good food, lovely people, workshops on biodynamic farming, farm tours, talent show and The Organic Band.

JEFF POPPEN and The ORGANIC BAND
Jessica Barber - tambourine, Jeff - guitar, vocals + excessive energy, James Chambers - drums, Coree Entwistle - vocals


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SEPTEMBER 21
CANCER BENEFIT
I attended yet another benefit at 3rd and Lindsley for a Nashville family who had lost their father, husband and friend to cancer.
BILL CARTER was a local club owner, he was only sixty.
The Nashville music community is a generous loving set of comrades pitching in to help raise funds for yet another family devastated by cancer.
America needs health care now. These fundraisers often save lives and make BigPharm even wealthier!
On this day I had just visited a friend with cancer, encountered 4 more cancer situations, plus had been in this same room a week before for another
benefit. There is too much cancer; some are lost, others are fighting. It makes me very sad for these people and their families.

MIKE HENDERSON playing the Tribute to Billy Carter (a fundraiser for his family)
Bob Britt (in cancer recovery) also played, as did Johnny Few (cancer remission), Maura O'Connell
and Kentucky Thunder (Jonell Mosser, Etta Britt, Sheila Lawrence and Vickie Carrico).


Mike Henderson is a fabulous blues player. We have a long history, including Dead Reckoning Records (I was art director/ photographer).
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SEPTEMBER 13
TOMSTOCK
I attended a benefit for musician, TOM BRITT, to benefit cancer treatment. Dubbed, TOMSTOCK, 3rd and Lindsley was filled with a capacity audience
and some of Nashville's finest talent, all who played for Tom Britt, their friend and often band mate of years past.
Hosted by Jonell Mosser and John Cowan, musicians included: Bob Britt (his brother, also dealing with cancer) Etta Britt, Sam Bush,
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Maura O'Connell, Victor Wooten, Jack Pearson, Vince Gill and several others.
TOM played his own benefit which lifted his spirits.
The Nashville music community is a generous loving set of comrades pitching in to help raise funds for yet another friend with cancer.
America needs health care now. These fundraisers save lives and makes BigPharm wealthier, seemingly without discounts.
I have hundreds of other photographs.



SAM BUSH + BÉLA FLECK

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SEPTEMBER 10
GOVERNMENT CHEESE
Rocked Nashville's, Basement East with their only 2016 show.

SCOTT WILLIS - lead singer

TOMMY WOMACK runs through a song before the gig.


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SEPTEMBER 8
MARK ROBINSON BAND
Rick Schell - drums, Mark Robinson - guitar/ vocals, Daniel Seymour - bass


Webb Wilder - guest guitar/ vocals


Rick Schell - drums


5 Spot, East Nashville

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SEPTEMBER 7
CHARLIE McCOY
The great harpist, played The Station Inn, Nashville, with 45 RPM and guest singer, Laney Smallwood
Charlie McCoy is one of Nashville's top session players with an incredible musical history
who has recorded some classic tunes, one of which was, Stone Fox Chase, that became the theme/ opening tune for
The Old Grey Whistle Test (the show I photographed for three years).



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SEPTEMBER 3
HAGS / JAMES HAGGERTY
NASHVILLE HAS SOME EXCELLENT MUSICIANS who play in bands or do sessions, backing other musicians,
who are not always as good as the musicians they hire
, James Haggerty aka HAGS is one of those.
A lovely man who brings his joy and musical expertise.
Tonight he was playing at the Family Wash, East Nashville. To me he was the shining light.
Hags is one of the most sought after Nashville bass players. Sometimes there is a session group or band of equal stature.
Nashville is unique, some may say, "Only in Nashville".


Family Wash, East Nashville

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SEPTEMBER 3
PHIL MADEIRA
playing with Dominic John Davis - bass
Phil is playing his 1962 Fender, a member of Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Band, he never ceases to entertain with his unique style.


Kimbro's Pickin' Parlor - Franklin
/ 7:23 pm
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SEPTEMBER 1
LOUISIANA BENEFIT
EMMYLOU HARRIS playing a benefit for flood victims at Nashville's, Basement East.
A night of great music, musicians and friends coming together to help those less fortunate.

Will Kimbrough - guitar, Bryan Owings - drums, Chris Donohue - bass


Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight / co-written by Rodney Crowell

ROBYN HITCHCOCK



FATS KAPLIN backstage
before adding his musical splendour to Chuck Mead's set.

Basement East, Nashville.
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AUGUST 20
JOEY MOLLAND of Badfinger
playing the hits at a Nashville party with Guilty Pleasures


Come and Get It
- Day After Day - Baby Blue - No Matter What


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AUGUST 19
STEVE EBE
playing with JOHN JACKSON'S RHYTHM ROCKERS at Nashville's, 3rd and Lindsley


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AUGUST 18
JESSICA STILES
Brown's Diner, Nashville


Travis Burch
- mandolin + Mark Miller - bass
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AUGUST 12
ADRIAN BELEW
speaking about playing with FRANK ZAPPA after the showing of the FRANK ZAPPA documentary, EAT THAT QUESTION
at the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville.The film is well crafted and edited to really get an insight into Zappa the man and his music.
Adrian has some great stories and socks!


L-R: Bill Lloyd (moderator) + Adrian Belew.


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AUGUST 7
DENNY LAINE
Phoenix Theatre, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Moody Blues and Wings is an ample resume.
Hearing those songs by an original band member is super fab and Steve Holley on drums also is superb
with a resume that includes: Joe Cocker, Elton John, Ian Hunter and Wings.




STEVE HOLLEY and DENNY after the show!

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AUGUST 5
DENNY LAINE
Formerly with WINGS singing, BAND ON THE RUN at Nashville's, 3rd and Lindsley


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AUGUST 5
REVOLVER @ 50
Various bands played two songs from REVOLVER at the B'EAST

The mighty rhythm section of JAMES HAGGERTY - bass + STEVE GORMAN - drums


PAT SANSONE (Wilco) performing RAIN
STEVE GORMAN - drums, CHUCK MEAD - vocals + JAMES HAGGERTY - bass
and Mike Grimes - guitar + Beast owner (not in this picture). This was one of the best performances of the night.
Grimey put together a fab-gear band. The vocals sounded amazing in the Green Room rehearsal.

Mike Grimes - guitar + Beast owner takes a solo.


Basement East, Nashville
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AUGUST 1
THE OPEN ROAD
A new band comprising of some of Nashville's finest musicians played their first gig at Douglas Corner.
Michael Webb - keys and more/ Ronnie Guilbeau - guitar / Rick Lonow - drums / Russ Pahl - pedal steel.

MICHAEL WEBB - accordion / Ronnie Guilbeau - guitar


JACK SUNDRUD getting down on a coal mining song with
L-R: Ronnie Guilbeau - guitar / Rick Lonow - drums / Michael Webb is on bass + Russ Pahl - pedal steel (not shown).

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JULY 23
TONY GERBER
played a wonderful short set of eclectic space music in Nashville at the Omega Lab.


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JULY 22
WEBB WILDER
In the Green Room about to take the stage with his band, The Beatnecks at the City Winery, Nashville - 8:00 pm

Webb and the Beatnecks rocked the house! - 9:51 pm


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JULY 18 / 7:31 pm
TOMMY WOMACK + WILL KIMBROUGH
tuning up before their songwriters show with MARSHALL CHAPMAN at the City Winery, Nashville


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JULY 17 / 6:39 pm
SPOONER OLDHAM
The great SPOONER OLDHAM before playing in AMY BLACK'S, Muscle Shoals Revue at the City Winery, Nashville
Soulful wonderful man. Spooner is an American treasure.


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JULY 17 / 7:22 pm
AMY BLACK + SPOONER OLDHAM
AMY BLACK'S, Muscle Shoals Revue featuring SPOONER OLDHAM at the City Winery, Nashville


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JULY 8 - 10:51 pm
TOMMY GUN
is a CLASH Tribute Band
Posing after the show with JAMIE RUBIN co-owner of the Family Wash, East Nashville
Seth Timbs was on keyboards but missed this picture!
L-R: Jonathan Bright - guitar, Jamie Rubin -owner, Mike Rutherford - bass, Brad Pemberton - drums, Tommy Womack - guitar / lead vocals


L-R: Jonathan Bright
- guitar, Brad Pemberton - drums + Tommy Womack - guitar / lead vocals

The Family Wash, East Nashville

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JUNE 30 - 10:25 pm
JOHN OATES, ROLAND WHITE + JIM LAUDERDALE

I stopped by The Station Inn after the Ryman show to see Jim Lauderdale and his Bluegrass Band.
Snapped this in the dressing room between sets.


John Oates sang two songs with the band, Deep River Blues (Hall and Oates), co-written by John
+ Mississippi John Hurt’s, Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me.


Nashville
Fuji X100S
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JUNE 30 - 9:35 pm
DAVID GRISMAN and DEL McCOURY
"
Bluegrass Night" at The Ryman
Great show + guests included Del McCoy's sons and Vince Gill.


Nashville
Fuji X100S
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JUNE 25
REDD VELVET
Brought her Memphis blues to Russellville, Kentucky
Fabulous show and local musicians and people gathered in the grounds of the West Kentucky African-American Heritage Center.
Michael Gough -
bass   William Howse - harps   Kenny Lee - guitar   Gerry Smoot - drums


Memphis blues belle REDD on a hot Kentucky night, about to take to the stage.


Michael Gough - bass   William Howse - harps   Kenny Lee - guitar   Gerry Smoot - drums
launched the set with a funky arrangement of OH WELL

West Kentucky African-American Heritage Center - Russellville, Kentucky
Russellville Blues + Kentucky Blues Society
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JUNE 18
BILL LLOYD
The Long Players perform, RUBBER SOUL


3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
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JUNE 15
TOMMY WOMACK

Kimbro's, Franklin, Tennessee .

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JUNE 11
SONS OF ZEVON - 1975

TOMMY WOMACK performing TANGLED UP IN BLUE
Not many people can stir emotion in me with covers, but Tommy Womack interprets Dylan in his own way without mimicking.
Blood On The Tracks LP was on my turntable everyday in ’75.


RICK SCHELL performing FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE

3rd and Lindsley, Nashville.

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JUNE 5
DADDY
DAVE JACQUES - bass + TOMMY WOMACK + WILL KIMBROUGH


TOMMY WOMACK + WILL KIMBROUGH after the gig


TOMMY WOMACK'S harp case after the gig
The setlist is from another show


Dragon Park , Nashville
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JUNE 2
RHYTHM ROCKERS BENEFIT FOR BOB BRITT
Nahville guitarist, Bob Britt is undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer.
John Jackson reunited his RHYTHM ROCKERS to benefit Bob and Etta Britt for Bob's medical expenses.
We love Bob, it was a fantastic night of music. The Nashville music community is a strong a loving set of friends.
Best gig in town by far and for a good cause. Bob played a few songs. It rocked!



This is how you fight cancer, play the fuck out of it!

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART
There was so much talent in that room last night, but above all LOVE.
The money helps of course, we all need it, but we also need love. Bob and Etta got a boost of LOVE last night and there is more to come.


John Jackson: guitar / Etta Britt -singing her ass off / Kelley Looney: bass / Rich Wayland: keys
Rock Williams: sax / Randy Leago: sax and keys / Steve Ebe: drums / Paul Snyder: percussion

THE RHYTHMETTES: Vickie Carico, Sheila Lawrence, Lisa Oliver-Gray, Jonell Moser: backing vocals

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART


3rd and Lindsley, Nashville.
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MAY 28
BELLS BEND FARM SPRING BARN DANCE
Scottsboro, Nashville

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MAY 27
JEN GUNDERMAN - Neil Young Night
The Family Wash, Nashville

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MAY 14
BLACK CAT SYLVESTER SETS THE GROOVES
for SPACE IS THE PLACE by FALL Dance Company

Abrasive Media, Nashville
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MAY 12
THE O'CONNOR BAND

MARK O'CONNOR, EDGAR MEYER + FORREST O'CONNOR backstage at the Station Inn,
photo-bombng by Maggie O'Connor + and Roy Husky Jr.
Edgar Meyer is an amazing bass player, just visiting.
THE O'CONNOR BAND played 2 wonderful sets.


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SUNDAY MAY 8
LUCINDA WILLIAMS

LUCINDA WILLIAMS rocked The Ryman, Nashville's mother church of Country music on Mother's Day.
The set highlighted her famous repertoire and some new songs.

Lucinda's band is fabulous: David Sutton - bass / Butch Norton - drums / Stuart Mathis - guitar.
Tonight’s guests were: Buddy Miller and Jason Isbell who rocked their guitars for the encore on Joy. There was much joy and adulation in the Ryman tonight.



COLIN LINDEN + BUDDY MILLER at the after party.

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MAY 3
JIMMY WEBB / THE GLEN CAMPBELL YEARS

celebrating his music and friendship with GLEN CAMPBELL + Glen's 80th Birthday
An amazing intimate show that brought tears, laughter and joy.



City Winery, Nashville
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MAY 2
ALICE COOPER
is a hard working professional, lovely man, an American icon and a gentleman.

His road manager of 30 years is the best.
Thank you for the hospitality.




Backstage at TPAC, Nashville
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APRIL 18
1st Annual Billy Block Day Reunion Concert and Nashville Spirit Awards

TIM CARROLL


SARA + RICK SCHELL

Sara won a Spirit Award with an appropriate heart graphic.
Rick played great drums during the show, in honour of Billy Block. Two dear friends and a lovely couple.


3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
Fuji X-PRO2 / 23mm
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APRIL 5
RICKY SKAGGS, SHARON WHITE + RY COODER
played The Ryman, Nashville

Fabulous show. The blend of Ricky Skaggs and Ry Cooder is made in heaven. Ricky looks amazing, full of vitality and playing better than ever.


The band (not shown): Buck White - piano / Cheryl White - vocals / Mark Fain - bass / Joachim Cooder - drums
Fuji X-100T
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APRIL 2
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE
City Win
ery, Nashville

Picture to be added
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MARCH 10
BURT BACHARACH
Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, Nashville
Another Fabulous concert.
The catalogue of songs by this 87 year old American treasure is astoundng.
He performed with the Nashville Symphony and some singers. Some of those songs are my life’s soundtrack by classic performers:
ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART, MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF, A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME,
THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU, ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME.


Here’s a taste from a different time with DIONNE WARWICK (the original singer), performing ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART at the Royal Albert Hall.

+ This rocks >> The WHITE STRIPES >
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF
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MARCH 8
JOHN MAYALL
The "Grandfather Of The Blues" is 82 years young doing what he loves to do.
Fabulous opening night of the US tour. This band rocks.




Rocky Athas - guitar, Greg Rzab - bass + Jay Davenport - drums.


Rocky Athas - guitar + Jay Davenport - drums.

City Winery, Nashville
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MARCH 4
VIKTOR KRAUSS - The Studio, Nashville
Fabulous concert. Viktor is one of my favourite bass players.
He has played with, Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell, Jerry Douglas and scores of others.
His original improvisational music takes you on a mind journey that soothes the spirit and leaves you wanting more.


L-R: Robert Crawford - drums / Todd Lombardo - guitar / Viktor Krauss - bass


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MARCH 4
THE GYPSEY HOMBRES - The Studio, Nashville
Excellent opening set from these excellent musicians.
L-R: Peter Hyrka - fiddle / Rory Hoffman - guitar/accordion / Jason Oettel - bass


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MARCH 2
DAVE STEWART
"Would I Lie To You?"


L-R: Dan Dugmore - guitar / Dave / Kenny Greenberg (hidden)


KAYA STEWART (Dave's daughter) singing, Piece Of My Heart


The Basement East, Nashville
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MARCH 2
SUE FOLEY has a new tour and a new album in the works (pictures by me).
She is super-cool and rocks the pink paisley Telecaster


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FEBRUARY 27
JIMMY ABEGG
PHOTOGRAPHER/ ARTIST/ MUSICIAN + JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.
It is painful to watch a friend lose his sight, it's even more painful to watch him lose many of the ways he provides for his family.
Jimmy can no longer practice photography or graphic design. He can no longer drive his old truck or read without a magnifying glass.
His condition will not render him totally blind. He can still see light, shapes and colours, which means he can still make his beautiful art.
He can not drive to his studio, so his friends are donating to build him a home studio.

Please DONATE to Build Jimmy's Lighthouse studio: http://jimmyabegg.com/pages/build-blind-jimmys-lighthouse


Fundraiser - Third Man Records, Nashville
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FEBRUARY 22
JOHN HAMMOND
Always a pleasure to see the great JOHN HAMMOND.
Tonight he played the City Winery, Nashville . We shared a few stories of past times and people,
then John played an amazing set of the classic blues and told stories of the greats he has known.
What a lovely gracious (bad-ass) fellow he is




City Winery, Nashville
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FEBRUARY 22
AMY BLACK
moments before opening for JOHN HAMMOND at the City Winery, Nashville .


City Winery, Nashville
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FEBRUARY 16
AQUA VELVET
Fats Kaplin - pedal steel / Kristi Rose - vocals



3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
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FEBRUARY 13
JEFF POPPEN (The Barefoot Farmer) + The ORGANIC BAND
Ri'chard's, Whites Creek, Tennessee



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FEBRUARY 11
THE SMOKING FLOWERS
The Family Wash, East Nashville



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FEBRUARY 6
CHRIS GANTRY
speaking with Mila Mason at Douglas Corner, Nashville
Singer/songwriter show with: Peter Cooper, David Olney, Tommy Womack + Chris Gantry.


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FEBRUARY 4
SLEEPY LABEEF
Roots rocker SLEEPY LABEEF is 80 years old and still catches a groove.
He ended the rocking set with Bob Wills, Faded Love and his 1963 hit, TORE UP.


Bass - Dave Pomeroy, Vince Barranco - drums) + Gene Dunlap - piano (out of frame)
Douglas Corner, Nashville
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FEBRUARY 3
JACK PEARSON
Another great night of music at Jack's monthly residency at The Station Inn



L-R: Charles Treadway - organ / Joshua Hunt - drums / Jack Pearson - guitar


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FEBRUARY 2
ROBBEN FORD
was interviewed at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music by Jen Gunderman.
He is a fascinating and smart man who's musical career encompasses playing with Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, George Harrison and many more.
The impressive part is that he is a true artist perusing growth and intelligent about the business of music and art without selling out.
Robben is playing his 1960's Fender, that he said he has owned since 1993.
The LP is his new record INTO THE SUN recorded in Nashville.


Jen Gunderman teaches History of Rock Music, American Popular Music and Women and Rock at Vanderbilt,
is keyboard player and singer in Sheryl Crow’s band, plus being a busy session player.
Jen, with her husband Audley Freed (another great guitar player) are the foundation for The Sons of Zevon, a cult local Nashville group

who play 70’s hits periodically in packed clubs (for fun).
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FEBRUARY 1
THE KEEMOSABEES
rocked Nashville's 12 South Taproom last night


Ricky Ray Rector - guitar/vocals + Rick Lonow - drums/vocals + Dave Pomeroy - basses/vocals

RICK LONOW is a mighty drummer, KEEMOSABEE and busy session man.
We first met at CASH CABIN STUDIOS when Rick recorded with June Carter Cash.
Last week he recorded with Loretta Lynn, John Carter Cash and has several sessions and gigs this week. Rock on Rick >>>

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JANUARY 31
ART GARFUNKEL
is an American treasure. His voice is still a precious gift to behold.
He commands the stage with dignity, grace and geniality reading poems and prose and singing songs from his amazing repertoire.
No photography was allowed in the Ryman, which is a good thing as cell phones glowing are so annoying.
He told a funny, but profound story of an audience member texting during one of his shows.
However several people had their phones and the fat woman in front of me ruined BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER by holding the phone high after the first verse.
At the end of the show I snapped this final bow (amidst a mild sea of phones) after the music was over.

I met Art backstage for a fleeting moment. Although visibly tired he was polite and lovely to all of us.
I once met Simon and Garfunkel with their respective dates (and mine), in a New York Japanese restaurant, but that is another story for my book.


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JANUARY 29
SONS OF ZEVON PRESENT 1974
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville


Cheech and Chong's, "Earache My Eye"


LISA OLIVER-GRAY - singing the Doobie Bros, "Take Me In Your Arms"


RICK SCHELL
- singing Ace's, How Long?


JAMIE RUBIN - singing Bowie's, "Starman"

"There's a Starman waiting in the sky ..."


NICK GOVRICK - singing Robert Palmer's, "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley"


RICK SCHELL
- singing Grand Funk's, Bad Time
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January 27
JIM ROONEY CELEBRATES 78th BIRTHDAY

JIM ROONEY'S IRREGULARS an eclectic band of superb musicians, played two fabulous setsat Nashville's, Station Inn
with guests, Carol Rooney and Pete Seeger.
Musicians: Sam Bush - fiddle / Shawn Camp - guitar + vocals / Pete Wasner - keys /Dan Dugmore - pedal steel / Pat McInerney - drums / Dave Pomeroy - bass

Richard Bailey - banjo / Pat Mclaughlin - guitar + vocals / Bill Kenner - mandolin / Pat Alger - guitar / Kirk Jelly Roll Johnson - harps


Sam Bush, Richard Bailey, JIM ROONEY + Shawn Camp backstage


A rare moment with Sam Bush backstage. His instrument of the night was fiddle


TOM PAXTON sang his classic, Last Thing On My Mind


TOM PAXTON and JIM ROONEY + Shawn Camp on harmony photo bomb



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JANUARY 21
STEVE EARLE City Winery, Nashville
3rd of a series of 4 shows
Steve sang a song from each of his albums spanning 3 decades of his career, taking us on his musical roller coaster.


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JANUARY 8 11:04 pm
18 SOUTH The Station Inn, Nashville
After the Steve Earle show I caught the last set of this fabulous band.


L-R: Jon Randall Stewart + Guthrie Trapp, Mike Bub + Larry Atamanuik
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JANUARY 8
STEVE EARLE City Winery, Nashville
2nd of a series of 4 shows
Steve sang a song from each of his albums spanning 3 decades of his career, taking us on his musical roller coaster.


Stage right, watching his guest, Kathy Mattea, before they sang together.


1 minute before show-time!


4 minutes before show-time!

A quick snap before show-time! I've known these two talents for three decades!
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JANUARY 7
STEVE EARLE City Winery, Nashville
First of a series of shows. Steve sings a song from each of his albums spanning his career thus far, taking us on his musical roller coaster
Politically he is right on and speaks his mind. An American original, Steve rocks and takes no prisoners.
BTW - I shot the GUITAR TOWN cover (1986).



“I remember holdin’ on to you
All them long and lonely nights I put you through
Somewhere in there I'm sure I made you cry
But I can't remember if we said
goodbye …”


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