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DECEMBER 30

BO DIDDLEY was born this day, December 30, 1928
I photographed him a couple of times. Here's a photo-silkscreen from a performance at Nashville's Exit/In in 1987
Bo Diddley died June 2, 2008


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DECEMBER 27

GUTHRIE TRAPP playing with JIMMY HALL at 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
Jimmy Hall played the JAMBODIANS benefit in Bowling Green last night.
I saw Jimmy Hall with one of my favourite guitar players, Jeff Beck at the Ryman a few months ago.


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DECEMBER 26
JAMBODIANS 16th Annual extravaganza
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Top local musicians playing for charity to benefit the Son Rhea Foundation that provides art education
and instruments for local children.


JIMMY HALL with Jonell Mosser + Sheila Lawrence.


JIM DANDY of Black Oak Arkansas sang "Jim Dandy To The Rescue" with The Kentucky Headhunters.
More pictures of this great night.
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DECEMBER 25
Every year someone decorates this little tree in a Nashville park. Every year I photograph it.


Percy Warner Park, Nashville
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DECEMBER 25


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DECEMBER 22
JOE COCKER died one year ago today, aged 70.
He was a guest vocalist on The Crusaders Nashville album, STANDING TALL (MCA, 1990). I was the album photographer.
Here's their version of:
I’M SO GLAD I’M STANDING HERE TODAY
recorded at RCA Studio A and we shot the album cover at the Close Quarters hotel.
Joe was a lovely man, it had been many years since I had photographed him in England.


Day 31 of my MUSIC + PICTURES (see more)
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DECEMBER 19
CAGE THE ELEPHANT rock Nashville's, Basement East


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DECEMBER 19
Warren / Simpson County line, Kentucky


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DECEMBER 18
Congratulations to CHEAP TRICK for their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.


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DECEMBER 18
BOBBY KEYS would have been 72 Today (b.December 18, 1943)
His brother from another, the invincible KEITH, is!


Reeding up before a SUFFERING BASTARDS show at The Cannery, Nashville
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DECEMBER 17
THE SMOKING FLOWERS
(Kim and Scott Collins) performing the Pogues “Fairytale Of New York”
hosting a concert benefiting Nashville’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
Good music, by good people for a good cause
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The Basement, Nashville
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SCENES - UPdated 12.16.15


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DECEMBER 14
Self Selfie


Percy Warner, Nashville
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DECEMBER 12
Remembering RAVI SHANKAR who died December 12 2012

I photographed Ravi Shankar at the Savoy Hotel, London - August 1974
Later that year (Sept) George Harrison asked me to photograph a Ravi Shankar concert at the Albert Hall.


DAY 27 of MUSIC + PICTURES
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DECEMBER 12
REEVES GABRELS
and His Imaginary Friends rocked The Family Wash, East Nashville
I imagined I was there - Imagined I heard some great guitar playing - Imagined I drank a beer - Imagined I made some pictures

Imagined meeting some of my friends.

Reeves is an innovated guitarist, renowned for his work with David Bowie and The Cure (new tour in 2016)



The Family Wash, East Nashville
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DECEMBER 8
Window Cleaners - Nashville


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DECEMBER 8

JOHN LENNON
was gunned down thirty five years ago at 10:50 pm, December 8th 1980
So this is nearly Christmas and what have we learned?
The bloody gun is still killing in America. 1,000,000+ U.S. gun deaths since 12.8.80.
Can we imagi
ne what wonders John would have brought to our universe in these past thirty five years.
Each and every person who dies from a gun in America is a tragedy.

John Lennon wrote many songs, today I play his version of Ben E. King’s STAND BY ME (met him in New York,1989).

for my MUSIC + PICTURES series.

John also gave a special performance of STAND BY ME on the Old Grey Whistle Test (1975).

 


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DECEMBER 5
NICK LOWE
opened his "Quality Holiday Revue with Los Straightjackets" at Nashville's City Winery with a few acoustic songs
then launched into a brilliant set. The room was packed with musicians, friends, family and fans.

Respected and loved by many, Nick Lowe's songs are carved from real life. Some will bring your emotions to their knees and then he will lift you up with some rocking songs and stories. A true master and an English original. Good looking chap too.


City Winery, Nashville
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DECEMBER 5
HAPPY 83rd BIRTHDAY LITTLE RICHARD!
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!
Me and the one and only Little Richard, backstage at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam XI - 2.2.85


Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
Photograph by Diana Haig
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DECEMBER 3

48 years ago, on DECEMBER 3rd 1967
I began work as a professional photographer at Dezo Hoffmann’s London studio.

I walked out of school at sixteen and got a job with the Beatles photographer. In my first week I was assistant on a Jimi Hendrix session.
Within days I was shooting pop press pictures for the Record Mirror, as Dezo was their photo department. My first magazine cover was February '68.
I worked for Dezo for six months until he laid me off (when he lost the Record Mirror contract) and set me on the path of being a freelance. I continued working from his studio until transferring to Gered Mankowitz’ studio (another great music photographer), where I also freelanced and set up a darkroom, until moving into a shared studio with my brother, David and onward to my own London studio and then to Nashville.
I was so excited to start work that morning of December 3rd ’67.

I had been a keen amateur for nine years, now I was photographing pop stars.

[This picture of me is from around 1968, possibly by Dezo Hoffmann or one of his assistants. I think I made the print!]

48 years later I am just as enthralled and excited about photography as I was on that first day.
Hopefully I’ve learned something along the way and have become a better photographer.

My pictures have been published hundreds, maybe thousands of times, I have photographed and/or designed hundreds of album covers, shot thousands of rolls of film and far too many digital images. Today was no exception!

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DECEMBER 2
Remembering BOBBY KEYS
who left this world DECEMBER 2nd 2014
Bobby is tuning up before his band, THE SUFFERING BASTARDS, played Nashville's Mercy Lounge, Jan.4.13
I shot most of the band pictures, made a promotional video and was always a fan.
Bobby was a lovely man, damned good musician, a Rolling Stone and a bad-ass!
We first met with Joe Ely at Gruene Hall in Texas, 1986. I photographed the event and gig.
Bobby told me some great stories and would always speak fondly of John (Lennon).


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DECEMBER 1
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
"PRIDE & JOY" - CYBER PRINT SALE @ $150 (reduced)
Kodak printed twenty 11x14 “Lambdas” for the Rock X-Posed 2003 exhibit.
The exhibit closed and never toured, only 20 of 500 were printed.
Each digital print has a Kodak embossed imprint and is signed by me.
Prints are numbered 2 -17/500


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NOVEMBER 30
Remembering TOMAS YOUNG who should have been 36 Today!
For DAY 16 of my MUSIC + PICTURES
I pay tribute to Tomas Young, Iraq War victim, with a song written for him by
EDDIE VEDDER NO MORE that was featured in the Body Of War documentary.

I photographed Tomas at his home with his brother Nathan, Peaches his dog and Claudia his wife - December 12th 2009.


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NOVEMBER 29
Remembering GEORGE HARRISON who left this world, November 29th 2001
So for my DAY 15 of MUSIC + PICTURES

SOMETHING

I met George a few times, twice with the Beatles. In 1974 he asked me to photograph a Ravi Shankar concert at the Albert Hall.
Beyond being a huge Beatle fan meeting George Harrison was always a wonderful experience. A generous man of heart and spirit at the top of his game.
This photograph is from my second meeting with George, May 23rd 1968 at Club Dell'Aretusa, King's Road, London before the opening of Apple Tailoring (John and Yoko were there too).
Apple gave me a full set of George’s albums. The most treasured is ALL THINGS MUST PASS with the fabulous Barry Feinstein photograph that we all know so well.
‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ album is wonderful too, this version of SOMETHING is from that concert.
The last time I saw George was with Johnny Cash at the Dylan concert at Madison Square Garden.

Lyrically I like this song (Tired of Midnight Blue - 1975):
I don't know where I had been / But I know what I had seen
Made me chill right to the bone / Made me wish that I'd stayed home, along with you
Tired of midnight blue.

The sun came up so high / As it shone, I realised your love
The sun shone in your eyes / And as you smiled, you realised it too.

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NOVEMBER 28
EMMYLOU HARRIS
graced the stage at the 'Leonard Arnold Memorial Toast and Jam' at Kimbro's in Franklin
She and Vince Gill sang Townes Van Zandt's, "If I Needed You". It has never sounded better.
In this picture, Dave Pomeroy - bass + Rick Lonow - drums.


Also playing: Kristine Arnold, Janis Oliver, Danny Flowers, Vince Gill, Al Perkins and others.
More pictures

Kimbro's, Franklin
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NOVEMBER 25
Ginger at my door.


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DANNY THE TURKEY
He lives a very good life and will continue to do so.
Happy Thanksgiving America.


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NOVEMBER 25

IGGY POP LUST FOR LIFE (live)
DAY 11>> MUSIC + PICTURES
+ I am running a series on Facebook

In 1977 I was tour photographer for some of
Iggy Pop's LUST FOR LIFE dates.
It was a roller-coaster rock and roll ride that got me a concussion in Holland (Iggy’s mic stand hit me. I was bleeding at an Iggy gig)

to tour dates in England.
The band rocked every night. Hunt and Tony Sales were amazing. I loved, The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “The Passenger” and LUST FOR LIFE. This amateur video is from a concert in Manchester. I was there.

Back at the hotel after the show I am sitting next to Jimmy (Iggy) who is dressed in jeans and a blue blazer, we are having a few beers and Jimmy has a tape of the show playing, which was a bit loud for the commercial traveler straights next to us.
“Ask your mate to turn that down” says the barman to me as I get in a round of drinks. I pass the message to Jimmy, who turns to the suits next to us, “I’m a performer, this is my show”.

I loved the time spent on these tour dates and Jimmy Osterberg was a trip!


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NOVEMBER 24
New web page>> MUSIC + PICTURES
<< Each song includes a picture of the musician(s) I photographed, not always related to the track >>

DAY 10
KEITH RICHARDS - WICKED AS IT SEEMS

I've photographed Keith several times over the years,
he is an adorable badass rogue. There is no one like him. An English original.
I shot this picture backstage during the Voodoo Lounge tour in Memphis. We had about 3 three minutes before he was on stage with the Stones.
This song is one of my favourite of his solo recordings. Turn it UP.
Want one of these prints for Christmas? 20% off this or others till Xmas Eve.


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NOVEMBER 22
DAVID OLNEY
Sunday afternoon gig at Brown's Diner, playing his composition, Train Wreck.
“You never know” with Olney, but it's always good.
Also liked his rendition of The Zombies' "She's Not There”.


Brown's Diner, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 22
MOONRISE
Waxing Gibbous @ 88% visibility.


Nashville
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NOVEMBER 21
DENNY LAINE
Wonderful to meet Denny Laine having been brought up on music like the Moody Blues.
Lovely man, a true professional and original, who has been there, done it all and is still a working musician.
The location was formerly songwriter Curley Putnam's farm, where Paul and Wings stayed in the summer of '74.
Stories were told and the music was bloody great. Notably, Steve Holley on drums was supreme.
No wonder top stars like Paul McCartney worked with these chaps.


Legacy Farms, Lebanon, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 21
DANNY THE TURKEY
He lives a very good life (and will continue to do so) with Adam and Sue Turtle at Earth Advocate Farm.


Franklin Farmers Market
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NOVEMBER 18
A Nashville Sunset
After the rain.


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NOVEMBER 16
RODNEY CROWELL + EMMYLOU HARRIS
The concert also featuring: The Sam Bush Band, Jeff Black, John Oates, Jim Lauderdale and Alison Krauss,
benefits the "Pujols Family Foundation" for Down Syndrome.


More pictures
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 16
DAN PENN
Celebrating his 74th birthday with an "intimate" solo show of stories and songs.


City Winery, Nashville
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PARIS
is about: love, art, food, people, architecture, flowers, wine + more


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NOVEMBER 14
The politics behind war and those who commit murder march to their own drum.
We march to the beat of life, of love. Stay calm and peaceful.
La Marseillaise



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NOVEMBER 14
WEBB WILDER + DAN PENN - WEBB FEST 10
Legendary songwriter, Dann Penn co-wrote "Only A Fool" with Webb (track 4 / Mississippi Moderne)
The cover photograph is by me. Love this album.


WEBB + The Beatnecks (Jimmy Lester - drums + Tom Comet - bass) R O C K E D

Exit/In, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 14
Kenny Lee is a Kentucky blues legend
Mouse over for 2nd image that is getting 100+ "Likes" on Facebook

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NOVEMBER 12
BIG STEVE
Everybody loves Steve, Nashville's most genial gentle giant doorman.


Douglas Corner, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 12
DAVID OLNEY performing Cash's "I Still Miss Someone"


Douglas Corner, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 11
RORY HOFFMAN
performing his arrangement of "Behind Closed Doors" with his fabulous band:
Ray Von Rotz, Paul Kramer, Bobby Durham and Jim Hoke.
A multi instrumentalist and unique arranger Rory Hoffman played an assortment of instruments, covers and originals.
Jim Hoke may be Rory's musical twin, because between them they played around 20 instruments.
More please. Come back and grace the Station Inn stage Rory and bring the band and the cartful of gear. BRAVO!!!


Station Inn, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 11 - VETERANS DAY - USA
Remembering TOMAS YOUNG
IRAQ WAR VETERAN WHO DIED NOVEMBER 10th 2014, he was 34!

Tomas went to the wrong war and was struck down by a sniper. He became a cult hero speaking out against the war after
being featured in BODY OF WAR (by Phil Donahue + Ellen Spiro).
A remarkable and unique man who is the VETERANS rock star.
Eddie Vedder wrote this song NO MORE about Tomas (
video feaures scenes from Body Of War)


Kansas City, Missouri - August 27 2013.
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NOVEMBER 10
Remembering TOMAS YOUNG
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" (by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro) that depicted the reality of war and it's warriors.
War is not pretty, in days of olde battles were fought by leaders, but those days have long gone.
One year ago today Tomas finally could not sustain his life.
With dignity and honour, twenty days before his 35th birthday, Tomas died.


This photograph was my first meeting with Tomas at the showing of BODY OF WAR at Nashville's Belcourt Theatre on May 10th 2008.
I was given the privilege of photographing Tomas several more times in the intimacy of his home, with his brother, his dog and with his wife, Claudia,
who stayed with him to the end.
They endured difficult times with constant declining medical issues, but they had a love that many may never find.

" Oh Those EYELASHES. I remember when he was born the nurses were astonished by his eyelashes. Such beautiful eyes. Such a beautiful soul.” - Cathy Smith (mother)
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NOVEMBER 10
JOHN WAITE - THE HARD WAY
11 years ago I did the photography, art direction and design for JOHN WAITE'S - THE HARD WAY album - released September 2004
There were some damned fine songs on this album that apparently got trapped within muso-legal till recently.

John's acoustic version of MISSING YOU is the bonus track on the album (listen)


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NOVEMBER 7

PHIL KAUFMAN (aka ROAD MANGLER)
Phil survived a near fatal motor cycle crash in July. He is 80 years old, loved by all.
Phil Kaufman has road managed: Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith, Etta James and many more.
He needs HELP to pay for food and medical and we all need some MANGLING.


Musicians donated their time to play a
Fundraiser for Phil and raise money for a good cause, at Douglas Corner.
A great night of Nashville music community support. And kudos to Mark Robinson for herding Nashville cats!
Here's the link to HELP PHIL www.gofundme.com/2z29vhd8
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NOVEMBER 7
Shindig Mafia USO Big Band Dance
"Stepping Out With My Baby"


Lane Motor Car Museum, Nashville
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NOVEMBER 7
HAPPY 64th BIRTHDAY MICKEY RAPHAEL

Plays harp with Willie Nelson


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NOVEMBER 6
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY STEVE GORMAN

Great chap and drummer. Rock on >>


Nashville
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NOVEMBER 6
HAPPY 74TH BIRTHDAY GUY CLARK


Nashville - April 2014
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NOVEMBER 6
Tanya Tucker webpage UPdate

Malibu, California - 2009
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TEX RITTER - 1970
This Thursday let’s go back to the roots.

After photographing Tex Ritter, Wanda Jackson, Don Williams, The Oak Ridge Boys and a host of other Country artists in London,
I was assigned a magazine feature in Nashville during CMA Week (1977) by Tony Byworth (Country Music People),
six months later I moved here and ultimately shot hundreds of sessions, press features and album covers.
The Country Music Association /CMA was hospitable and gave me full access to the CMA Awards, other shows and artists.
Dorothy Ritter (Tex’s widow) and Goodwill Ambassador for Tennessee was hospitable to me and to my family.

My mother and sister got to sit on the Opry stage clutching their melting GooGoos and meet Country performers and stars.


I took this picture outside EMI Records, Manchester Square, London. It was part of the Capitol “Country Music Caravan” tour,
that included: Buck Owens, Billie Jo Spears and The Hagers.

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NOVEMBER 4
While the CMA lot did their thing, JACK PEARSON played Nashville's Station Inn
Guitar players like Tommy Emmanuel sat in and other talented musicians were hanging out.
Pete Finney (steel) is on the left / Guthrie Trapp (guitar) is checking his phone.
Wonderful music.


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NOVEMBER 3
This gorgous farmland is destined for construction!
Such is the price of progress.


Franklin, Kentucky
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NOVEMBER 1
AUTUMN LEAVES
No wonder an abundance of poetry, art and songs emanate from Autumn.


Smithville, Tennessee
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NOVEMBER 1


Smithville - Tennessee
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OCTOBER 30
Spookyville


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# TBT for Halloween
BLACK SABBATH - 'PARANOID' Alexandra Palace, London - August 2nd 1973


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OCTOBER 24
AUTUMN LEAVES
No wonder so much poetry, art and songs emanate from Autumn.
"I miss you most of all When autumn leaves Start to fall"



Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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OCTOBER


Santa Fe, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 24
Maybe the last biodynamic TOMATO of the season
Spinach is growing in the rows.
Grown by Jeff Poppen The Barefoot Farmer


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 24
JEFF POPPEN aka The Barefoot Farmer
and the Organic Band rocked the farm furrows in celebration of Samantha and James' wedding.


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OCTOBER 21
CRYSTAL GAYLE + Beth Hooker
backstage at the Bebe Buell show - 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville / 9:34 pm
Crystal sang duet with Bebe Buell on two songs: BE A WOMAN + HOLD YOU IN MY HEART.


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OCTOBER 21
CORY WELLS (THREE DOG NIGHT) DEAD AT 74
Cory Wells was lead singer and founding member.
Mama Told Me not To Come, a 70's classic, was one of their biggest hits.


Here's another story published in Variety
Posing for press photographers in London, 1969
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OCTOBER 21
Nashville's, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge celebrates 55th Anniversary
Here are WILLIE NELSON and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON at Tootsies in 1982.
Willie borrowed a guitar to play, "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground".
This was really the last day of Tootsies that has continued under new management.


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OCTOBER 20

Fly, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 17
JOHN CARTER CASH
and the Endless Circle Band - Douglas Corner, Nashville


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OCTOBER 14
TOM PETERSSON (Cheap Trick)
sitting in with AUDLEY FREED and Friends at the 5 Spot, East Nashville


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October 14
#TBT
LUCINDA WILLIAMS music got me hooked when I bought a 12” Vinyl Lp “Ramblin’ On My Mind”
by an obscure female blues singer, based solely upon the vibe of the packaging. I was raving about this album to everyone I knew.

A few years later, after midnight on January 29th 1983, my friend Sharon Ely brought Lucinda and her then bass player boyfriend over to my warehouse home/studio on Broadway. We became instant friends, a friendship that has matured and endured several relationships.

Lucinda is notably a great artist. A gifted writer who never fails to impress me with her vocal abilities.


This picture taken at my house was used for Lucinda's 1998 “Car Wheels On a Gravel Road” promotion.

Lucinda Williams gained respect, worldwide recognition and a several Grammies, for her forthright determination not to be sucked into the demands of music business cliches by sticking to her guns truthfully defending and honouring her artistic and female rights which resulted in a cult following.
Her songs are poetic essays evoking social commentary, sensuality and the politics of religion and relationships.
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OCTOBER 13
HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY CHRIS FARLOWE


ATOMIC ROOSTER: Chris Farlowe + Ric Parnell (drums) + Steve 'Boltz' Bolton (guitar) + Vincent Crane (keys - hidden)
Harrow Pop Concert, Wealdstone Football Grounds - 15th July 1972
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OCTOBER 12
"Soul Man" SAM MOORE IS 80 TODAY!


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OCTOBER 10
Me in New York
© Photograph by Renée Monrose


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OCTOBER 9
JOHN LENNON would have been 75 TODAY!


This was John's first public appearance with Yoko (3 days into their relationship).
May 23rd 1968 at Club Dell'Aretusa, King's Road, Chelsea, London.
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OCTOBER 9
HUDSON RIVER VALLEY, NEW YORK


From the train
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OCTOBER 6
NEW YORK CITY



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OCTOBER 3 / 6:15 pm
JEFF POPPEN (The Barefoot Farmer) arrives at his Biodynamic Conference - Long Hungry Creek Farm
More pictures>>


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 3 / 12:30 pm
RCA Studio A - 50th Anniversary Celebration
This parking lot has seen a lot of history. Many famous musicians have parked here.
I smoked a cigarette with Waylon here (amongst other places!)
HISTORY WAS MADE.

The RCA Victor building (now on the National Register of Historic Places)
was saved from demolition by investor Aubrey Preston and the efforts of Ben Folds one year ago.



L-R: Mike Kopp + BEN FOLDS + Sharon Corbitt-House, Trey Bruce, Aubrey Preston and his dog + Mike Curb

STEVE CROPPER on stage whilst across the alley as this celebration took place, another multi million dollar building is being erected.
T he construction crew didn’t even have the respect to hold off during the speeches or music. “We’ve all got a job to do”. SO DO WE!
Cropper, an important part of musical history, has an office at RCA.


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SEPTEMBER 30
JASON and THE SCORCHERS

"I can't help myself, When I help myself to you ..."


Warner Hodges + Jason Ringenberg
Music City Roots, Tommy Womack Benefit
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SEPTEMBER 30
TOMMY WOMACK Benefit
NATHAN WOMACK proudly watching his DADDY, Tommy Womack, rock the Music City Roots show benefiting and honouring

Tommy's road to recovery after his car crash last June.
Beth Womack is glowing with joy at her husband's performance and recovery.
380+ Facebook "LIKES" !


TOMMY DANCING WITH JOY on stage with his band DADDY, back on his feet, playing standing up.
The Nashville / Bowling Green community is strong and supportive,
unfortunately the medical profession is still reaping huge profits.
It was an incredible night of high velocity Nashville and Kentucky rock acts, all are Tommy's friends
(he jammed with most of them) and the house was packed at The Factory, Franklin.
ROCK ON TOMMY >>


L-R: Paul Griffith (drums) + Dave Jacques (bass) + Lisa Oliver-Gray (vocals) / Tommy (guitars + vocals) + Will Kimbrough (guitars + vocals)

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SEPTEMBER 29
THE KILLER IS EIGHTY
I first met Jerry Lee with Johnny Cash in 1977, it was my first trip to Nashville. What an introduction.
My brother David Messer promoted a concert at London's 'Royal Festival Hall' and a tour a few years ago, "but that's another story".
Jerry Lee Lewis is still rocking and selling out shows on his farewell tour. Go Cat Go>>


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SEPTEMBER 29
JERRY DOUGLAS and FRIENDS
before their fantastic Nashville Public Library, Courtyard Concert show

L-R: Jerry Douglas, Viktor Krauss, Christian Sedelmyer + Todd Lombardo


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SEPTEMBER 28
CSA pickup - Nashville
JEFF POPPEN (The Barefoot Farmer) is proud of his fabulous biodynamic green beans.
Everything Jeff and his crew grow on the Long Hungry Creek Farm is delicious and really healthy.
300+ Facebook LIKES


Nashville, Tennessee
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SEPTEMBER 26
RAINY NIGHT in NASHVILLE
I can stand the rain (when we need it) Perfect!


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SEPTEMBER 26
East Nashville


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SEPTEMBER 25
WEBB WILDER rocks The Basement East, Nashville


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SEPTEMBER 25
WW in BG by AM

Roots rocker, WEBB WILDER has a new album released today
on Landslide Records. I shot the cover in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Webb Wilder is the quintessential "Southern" rocker, musicologist and a cool dude.

 


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September 24
DAVID OLNEY
Always fun to see who is sharing the stage and who is sitting on bar-stools. Great to see so many friends at this rocking gig.
"You never know" with David!


5 Spot, East Nashville
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SEPTEMBER 24
#TBT << << This Thursday I am revisiting the early 1960's with a new picture.

When I was seven (1958) I bought my first camera, a KODAK BROWNIE 127 in Boots (The Chemist) in my hometown,
Westgate-On-Sea. I spotted this camera in the window, I think it was One Guinea (twenty-one shillings).
I had to have this camera, but I didn't have enough money, so the shop set up a lay-away for me. This was not done in those days, but I made the deal and would bring in my pocket money every week till it was paid. It took several weeks of anxiety and excitement till it was mine. I began to take black and white photographs. The film, processing and printing was costly too for a boy on pocket money, but I was on a mission.

Fast forward a few years, I am at a local boarding school, probably 11 or 12 years old, when I ruin the camera on a school hike by falling in a stream (creek). Plastic cameras don’t like water! So I had to buy another.
The camera that replaced it was a 1962 35mm metal Halina Pet, which I bought at Henry's in Margate High Street.
I used that Halina till I started work in 1967 and bought a Nikkormat with £100 my late grandfather had left me.
Last month I was in Margate and thought I would see where that old shop had been. To my amazement it was still there and even more amazing in the same window on the same shelf where I had found the Halina was this Brownie 127.
I just had to have it. I bought it for £9.99

I tried to them the story, but the salesman had seen it all, “Yes, we’ve been here since 1932” he said gruffly. I think he was the same man who sold me the Halina, he was young and vibrant then. To me it was an emotional moment of deja vu, to him just another sale. I am still enthused by photography. The digital era has produced mirrorless cameras which are fabulous and give me the same sense I had with the Kodak film. I now take hundreds of photographs every week, back then it was 12 exposures and then about a week to get the pictures back as "Enprints".
I am still that same boy with a camera.
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SEPTEMBER 24
#TBT <<

WEST BAY, Westgate-On-Sea, Kent - England
I lived with this view from 2 years old. My first memories are walking to this beach with my Mother and Grandmother.
When I was seven I bought my first camera, a Kodak Brownie 127, in the town, we had moved to a different house in Westgate by then.
The high tides and beaches inspired my first photographs as did my family.
One month ago I was walking barefoot with a new camera 57 years on.


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September 21
LEONARD NORMAN COHEN (born September 21,1934) is 81 today.
His music has brought me much joy for many years and is played in my home frequently.
I met Cohen backstage at the Juno Awards, O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada - March 21 1993.
A most genial man, we spoke about the Isle of Wight festival and I took this photograph.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEONARD COHEN


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September 19
DUANE EDDY backstage at the Les Paul 100th Birthday Tribute show
Musicians Corner / Centennial Park, Nashville
"Mr Twang" is a most affable man, another amazing Americana Festival sho, which also featured guitarists:
Derek Wells, Guthrie Trapp, John Jorgenson and organised by bassist, Dave Pomeroy


Americana Festival - Musicians Corner / Centennial Park, Nashville
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September 18
ALABAMA'S - Southern Drawl - released today.
Cover, package and media pictures by me.


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September 17
RY COODER
playing with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites - 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville
Fabulous set. Ricky Skaggs is the best he's ever been and looking trim and full of enthusiasm.


Americana Music Festival
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September 17
ABIGAIL WASHBURN + BÉLA FLECK
prepare for their amazing set at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville
(preceded by DARRELL SCOTT with the amazing Kenny Malon )


Americana Music Festival
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September 17
The new ALABAMA album, 'Southern Drawl' will be released, tomorrow.
I shot the cover and all the package and media pictures.


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I shot the new album for ALABAMA, 'Southern Drawl' to be released, September 18th
Includes the new single, Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet,


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September 13
DAVID RAWLINGS + GILLIAN WELCH
attending Henry Diltz / Pattie Boyd's slide shows at The City Winery, Nashville
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presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery.


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September 13
HENRY DILTZ
is one of my favourite photographers and a lovely man.
Thoroughly enjoyed his slide show, presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery.


City Winery, Nashville
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September 12
12 years ago on September 12th 2003 we lost JOHNNY CASH.
I called him John, he was a well dressed man of many names. A man of songs of faith and family.
An iconic American original who is now legendary. The world knows him as Johnny Cash, those us who knew the man
know he enjoyed life and walked tall where ever he roamed. There will never be another like him. The body has left,
but his music and writing remain to be discovered by generations to come.
JR Cash was an American, an artist, a friend to many and a jolly good fellow.


Branson, Missouri - 1991
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September 11
Today seems appropriate to repost this:
We all know where we were 14 years ago, some think they know what happened and who did it,
but beyond the politics and the media mayhem it was left to people, to real people with friends, families and those left
to clean up the mess to rebuild lives and buildings, and to those who went to war for what they believed was right and either,
died, were maimed, were mentally wounded or survived.


GROUND ZERO site - August 2002 (early morning)
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September 8
My old friend and renowned BBC presenter, BOB HARRIS signed his new book to me,
'Still Whispering After All These Years'
Bob and I met when I was the self appointed freelance Old Grey Whistle Test photographer during the 70's.
I got an exclusive with the author reading some paragraphs about me to me! Rock On >>>


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SEPTEMBER 6
MARGATE HARBOUR, Kent - England
I grew up by this coast, it inspired my first photographs.
There is now a wonderful restaurant, where I had a magnificent meal of fresh fish and local vegetables. Next door is a pub with local ales, colourful local people and some damn fine spicy veggie sandwiches.
When I was a boy this was just a place for fishermen. There was a Cockle Stall to the right of where I am standing, where my grandfather would buy me a saucer of cockles for sixpence. He is long gone and so is the original stall,
but the same family generations on, still have a stall with fabulous local oysters, cockles, whelks and mussels.


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JULY 27
IAN McLAGAN DEAD AT 69
My first published music photograph was the Small Faces on the roof of Immediate Records, New Oxford Street, London, 1968.
I worked several shows with Rod Stewart and The Faces and other events.
Mac shone on "Stay With Me", a great stage number.
69 is just too soon to go! He was a lovely man, always fun and a wonderful keyboard player.


Last night I was sorting through live show prints, including the "Ooh La La" (1973) debauched launch party.
Here's a taste of STAY WITH ME - Those shows were great!
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JULY 23
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS
moments before they rocked Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley at their record release for, "Meet Me In Bluesland"


L-R: Fred Young, Richard Young, Greg Martin + Doug Phelps
Popular on Facebook
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JULY 21
ROBIN WILLIAMS would have been 64 today

If you know someone with Depression, take time to listen. Watch the signs.
Look closely. Robin has gone, but he or she is here.


This is a compelling photograph. The eyes are sad, full of wisdom, of experience, they had seen much in 63 years.
We laughed hysterically at his jokes, admired his acting, his TV appearances and military entertainment missions.
He was amazing, fabulous, the top of his game, but Robin Williams imploded. I never met him, I was in the same room with him once.
We all thought we knew him.
Look closely at this photograph. Look closely at your friend, your loved one.
Depression is not funny and may wear a cloak of many colours.

Photograph by Peter Hapak / Time
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JULY 21
PHIL "MANGLER" KAUFMAN
(infamous road mangler) had a motor bike accident.
I saw him a few days ago and he was in fine form.
Latest news is that he is recovering in a Nashville hospital.
Until the next time Mangler, we all love you.

My Facebook post has over 390 "Likes" and 60+ shares!


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JULY 18
REEVES GABRELS - Main Street, Scottsville, Kentucky
Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends (power trio) rocked Main Street on a wonderful hot summer's night.
No wonder David Bowie and The Cure work with this American original.

click for more pictures
Check out the UK tour with dates promoted by my brother David Messer


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JULY 18
RICKY SKAGGS BIRTHDAY

Opry House, Nashville
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JULY 17
JOHNNY CASH + JUNE CARTER CASH
Cash Cabin, 'Press On' session - November 1998
Before I used silent shutter cameras, I video taped the 'Press On' recording sessions.
Classic. stories were told as friends gathered, June wore fine outfits each day, John Carter produced and musicians like, Rodney Crowell
and Marty Stuart played on the sessions.
The day before this session for "Far Side Banks of Jordan" Johnny had been in intensive care at Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital.
With resilience and a cup of extra sweet coffee he was at his wife's side to sing his part, that's how he rolled.
It was an emotional moment and as usual, music and history were made. Reviewing footage can be a bit emotional.


Video edit screen image, low quality
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JULY 16
#TBT - This Thursday I am revisiting 2010
to celebrate PETER JONES
editor, mentor and friend to many, who died this week.

Peter lived an amazing 85+ years. He was editor for the English pop magazine, Record Mirror and later Beatles Monthly.
A highly respected music journalist who worked hard, played hard and provided opportunities for other writers and photographers.
Many of us Record Mirror staff and contributors from the 60's are still friends. Peter Jones was an English original. R.I.P.


Peter's 80th birthday party, Wanstead, England - Feb 23rd 2010
[The black and white image insert is a compilation of Dezo Hoffmann and other staff photographers]
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JULY 15
PETER JONES R.I.P.

Peter Jones was editor of the Record Mirror and later, Beatles Monthly.
He was my first picture editor, who kicked my sixteen year old arse into professional shape and guided me on the road to be the photographer I am
today. Peter gave me my first magazine covers and many editorial features.
He was a true journalist, dapper big hearted Englishman and a trusty friend to many.
With sadness, eternal respect and thanks.


This picture is from Peter's 80th birthday party, Wanstead, England - Feb 23rd 2010
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JULY 14
BASTILLE DAY


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JULY 13
ROGER McGUINN (The Byrds) is 73 TODAY
Lovely man. We've met several times. Here's a moment from 1990 when the THE BYRDS were recording in Nashville
for their 4 CD Box Set. I flew down from New York (where I lived at the time) to photograph them.


My friend, John Jorgenson was on this session and played bass on
LOVE THAT NEVER DIES

McGuinn has his Rickenbacker that made that classic jingle-jangle sound we all loved.

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This picture was also the poster forLOVE THAT NEVER DIES
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JULY 11
TOMMY WOMACK is back
(One month ago he was in a bad car accident on the way to a gig)
beaming with joy, as Tommy Gun ends the first song, "London Calling"
at Nashville's Basement East
WHAT A SET ... WOW!

Tommy Womack (guitar/vocals), Jonathan Bright (guitar), Brad Pemberton (drums), Joe Blanton (guitar /vocals) and Mike Rutherford (bass)
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SAT JULY 11
Today I am the guest on Alamo Jones "The Voice In Black" show
on SiriusXM Outlaw Country

1.00 - 5.00 pm Central/ 7.00 pm - 1.00 am UK
We talk about my Country albums and photography of:
Cash, Waylon, Willie, Lucinda Williams, Tanya Tucker, Steve Earle, Merle and George, Joe Ely, Joe Sun, David Allen Coe, Vern Gosdin and more.

Acessible ON DEMAND to replay outside of these times.

Me with host, ALAMO JONES after the taping at Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, Nashville.


Photo by Wexler (audio engineer)
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JULY 8
STEVE FORBERT
was a delight at Nashville's City Winery


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JULY 7
CHARLIE DANIELS - “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
DYLAN/CASH, Nashville Cats free Concert - Country Music Hall Of Fame


L-R: John Deaderick (keys), Pete Finney (slide), Charlie (mandolin), Steve Allen (guitar) + partially hidden, Charlie McCoy (harmonica)
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JULY 7
JASON RINGENBERG - Country rocker!
sang "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
DYLAN/CASH, Nashville Cats free Concert - Country Music Hall Of Fame


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JULY 7


DYLAN / CASH, Nashville Cats concert the Hall of Fame
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JULY 7
DYLAN/CASH free concert event today in Nashville at the Hall of Fame


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4th of JULY
Nashville


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JULY 2
JOHNNY CASH
<< This Thursday let's go back to July 1988.

Bob Guccione, Jr. asked me to photograph JOHNNY CASH for the summer edition of his magazine, SPIN.
Getting John to pose in a swimsuit took some convincing, but he was always open to fun and so we shot a session early
in the morning and I couriered the unexposed film on a noon flight to New York. The film was processed, edited and the feature ran.
This was before digital, before email, before electronic file sharing.


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JULY 1
VAL DOONICAN - Irish Singer, dies at 88
I worked on the The Val Doonican Show at BBC TV, Shepherds Bush, London.
Val had a lovely relaxed manner, a generous Irish gentleman who would sit in a rocking chair wearing his trademark sweaters
and sing his songs. I greatly enjoyed his company, he was always the consummate professional.
I took my sister to meet him once, when she was a young girl.
R.I.P. dear man, you were loved by many.
Here's some footage from the show. It is poor quality, but enough to give you a flavour


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JUNE 29
BUDDY GUY - Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
Damn right, THAT was a good show. 78 years young, the genial showman and working it.
An American original who knows what it's like to have nothing and respects the acceptance of his music. Love this man!
More pictures on Gigs 2015


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JUNE 27
BRIAN WILSON - The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel, Whites Creek - Nashville
The surroundings are lovely, good vibrations flow, the night was beautiful with cool temperatures on this summer's night.
Folk singer Rodriguez sang as the sun set behind the stage, camera phones snapped and our anticipation for Brian Wilson, who's story is fabled,
who's songs are indelibly etched into our music collection, God Only Knows, we love those songs. Anticipation built as the stage was set with his
white grand piano. But Brian Wilson failed to raise my emotions or entertain me. He seemed to be a burned out musician who with great stage
experience may now be happier in a studio. His old bandmate Al Jardine did what he could. Blondie Chaplin was another rather boring performer.

The Brian Wilson Band is sadly just another “Tribute” band with an original voice at the helm.
I left before the end of the show. Yes, he sang Beach Boys hits, but his band was boring, efficient well versed musicians no doubt, but it did not rock.
I loved the BEACH BOYS, I have seen them several times in the 70’s, photographed them and met them all.
I once photographed the whole band in London for their Czech travel visas.
Maybe Brian Wilson would be more suited to an intimate small club. He is unpretentious, a professional gifted iconic American musician.
May GOOD VIBRATIONS continue to reign.
“I'm gettin' bugged driving up and down this same old strip, I gotta finda new place where the kids are hip …”


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JUNE 27
CHRIS SQUIRE - renowned YES bass player, dead at 67 - R.I.P.
YES were bloody brilliant! A part of my youth and culture.
I photographed them in 1969 in Wardour Street, London, when they played The Marquee.
[L-R) Peter Banks, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford, CHRIS SQUIRE and Jon Anderson


Listen to, Roundabout from FRAGILE with one of the most distinctive bass lines
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JUNE 27
ECHINACEA


Whites Creek, Tennessee
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JUNE 24
The Zombies/ Alan Parsons Project and more
View 2 classic ZOMBIES 60's hits, SHE'S NOT THERE + TIME OF THE SEASON
In 1995 I was art director for an indie label, Transluxe, that put out: The Zombies GREATEST HITS, GREATEST RECORDINGS.
We used all Dezo Hoffmann photographs.


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JUNE 23
Remembering JUNE CARTER CASH, born June 23rd 1929
I took this picture at breakfast at Johnny and June's Jamaica home, Cinnamon Hill, January 1999.


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JUNE 21
ALABAMA - Fan Concert
I photographed the band ALABAMA performing to their fans at their Fan Club Museum. FANtastic show, FANtastic audience.
They played a new song "Southern Drawl" which is the title of their new album, still in production. I shot the cover.
Randy Owen introduced me to the fans. Teddy Gentry (bass) played me two of the songs later in his car, before I headed back over Monteagle in my
Bavarian car with the warmth of Southern hospitality and some damned fine music stirring my emotions and giving me cold chills on this 95+F/35+C
Summer Solstice day. Thank you Jeff, Randy and Teddy, you and your crew rock.


Ft Payne, Alabama
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JUNE 21
Father's Day
My father would often look at his father's portrait (on top of the shelf), now I look at his.
The generations have produced two more fathers in our family and six grandchildren.


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JUNE 20
Remembering CHET ATKINS, born June 20th 1924
This portrait was taken at my South Street studio in Nashville, 1981. Chet Atkins, whom I photographed several times,
is renowned for his guitar style that influenced many, was an RCA Records executive, producer and a lovely man.
He died June 30th 2001, aged 77.


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JUNE 18
JACK PEARSON
One of the most enjoyable shows this week. Jack, who played in the Allman Brothers, is one of my favourite guitar players,
incorporating style, tone and taste. I sat in front of his amp. Perfect.
Joshua Hunt on drums is just superb, as is Charles Treadway on keyboards.
Jack played an amazing two sets with his trio. So many tunes, each with it's own space and time, each is a musical journey.
There are no flashy jumbothons or egos, just some damned fine playing from one of the nicest, bad-ass players on the planet.

Notably 2 great songs, "My Old Friend" and "Always"

The Station Inn, Nashville
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JUNE 18
VIVIAN MAIER exhibit opening - Sherrick & Paul Gallery, Nashville
There were wonderful photographs, photographers, some pretty dresses, white wine, San Pellegrino, art / photography conversations
and me with my Fuji.


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JUNE 17
KEITH RICHARDS - Rolling Stones, LP Field, Nashville, 37213


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JUNE 16
BOBBY KEYS TRIBUTE show - Mercy Lounge, Nashville
The Stones were there, lots of musicians and friends, old and new!
L-R: Tim Ries (Stones), Jesse keys and Karl Denson (Stones), Dan Baird (Bobby Keys Band) + Robert Kearns (bass)
Great show, proceeded by a slide show and my SUFFERING BASTARDS promo video


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JUNE 16
BOBBY KEYS TRIBUTE at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, Rocked!
The Stones were there, lots of musicians and friends, old and new!
\My video was shown before the SUFFERING BASTARDS took to the stage
Here are two pictures of Bobby when he used to play here often.



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JUNE 14
BEKKA BRAMLETT - Listening to Tim Carroll
at the Performing Artist Co-Op, East Nashville


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JUNE 14
Remembering RORY GALLAGHER who died 20 years ago, June 14th 1995.

Rory invited me to this concert, after we met on the Whistle Test set, and let me stand on the stage.
One of my favorite guitar players and a lovely man too. I have many Rory Gallagher album that I play often,
but mostly I remember his generosity of spirit and open friendliness. He rocked.


Hammersmith Odeon, London - 1973

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JUNE 10
MUSIC CITY ROOTS (TV Show) - Franklin

Warner Hodges is a Nashville "guitar slinger" (literally)! He and his compadres,
the mighty Dan Baird on bass, Brad Pemberton on drums and Jonathan Bright on guitar, ROCKED their set.



L-R: PAT BUCHANAN - guitar, BILL LLOYD - guitar/ vocals + KEITH BROGDON - drums (Mike Vargo - bass/ not shown)
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JUNE 6
JOE ELY playing with JOEL GUZMAN - The City Winery, Nashville

I first met Ely at Chip Young’s studio in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in ’77, when I photographed him recording, ‘Honky Tonk Masquerade’
and took some posed pictures. Also in the studio was, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, who became one of my closest friends (years later).
Jesse introduced me to Stubb’s and that’s story for another time, but I am forever thankful to have met these men.
Joe Ely is not only a great songwriter, but a classic storyteller, artist, jolly good fellow and the quintessential performer.


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JUNE 5
JON HENSLEY who was only 31, died on Monday.
I met Jon, who was working with Shooter Jennings, at Nashville's City Winery.
His untimely tragic death has left his family and friends and music community devastated.
Jon's funeral was today in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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JUNE 4
#TBT - ELTON JOHN
BBC TV “Top Of The Pops” - 1972
My picture of Elton, dressed as a cat was used in the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 40th Anniversary Edition, 2014 expanded book
for, “Honky Cat (Live at Hammersmith)” There may be another of mine too of Elton wearing feathers.


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JUNE 2
Staples, Telephone pole, Concerts past.
Before social media posts, there were real POSTS with STAPLED FLYERS
Nashville, Music Row - 7.00 pm

Amazing, Over 80 'Likes' on Facebook

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JUNE 2
Nashville
Good to see this man on my street this evening, we had not seen each other in several years.
He used to tell me some wild stories of women, whiskey and more.
iPhone snap walking back from FED EX as I did not have my camera after a very busy day.


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MAY 30
WEBB WILDER - Phoenix Theatre, Bowling Green, Kentucky

I caught up with the gracious Webb Wilder backstage during the interval of his sold out solo show at The Public Theatre of Kentucky.
Spending a few minutes discussing music history is not enough. He is a big man with a huge repertoire that kept his audience riveted for two sets.


More solo shows WW, you are a grand entertainer. Kudos to the Kentucky Blues Society for promoting this series.

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MAY 29
Jazz diva STEPHANIE ADLINGTON
"Fly Me To The Moon"


Gray's on Main, Franklin
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MAY 28
#TBT - Today marks my 37th year in Nashville.

On MAY 28th 1978 (my father’s sixtieth birthday) he drove me to London’s Gatwick Airport where I boarded a flight to
Dallas, Ft Worth. There I bought a white bicentennial Chevrolet Impala and drove it to Nashville where my new apartment on 16th
Avenue (Music Row) awaited. I had jobs lined up and set to work immediately.

The 80’s were boom years, I racked up hundreds of album covers, photographed many notable musicians, won a Grammy
(album packaging) and was probably shooting a session every day.
I was introduced to Johnny Cash in ’87 (we had met briefly in ’77) and a lifelong friendship and hundreds of photographs ensued.
I have been a professional photographer for 47 years. It can take a long time to be oneself. The past few years have been amazing.

I am shooting more pictures than ever and commercially have just shot five album covers.
There is more to tell, but let’s save that for another day.
Today would have been my father’s 97th birthday.


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MAY 28
Trying out a new camera on this GORGEOUS Nashville day!


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MAY 27
NASHVILLE
Trying out a manual 35mm Zeiss lens. It may be too heavy for street photography, but excellent optics.
I love street photography. I take hundreds of pictures every week, plus my commercial work.


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MAY 25
MEMORIAL DAY - USA
Remembering TOMAS YOUNG who gave his life and his future as a young American for his country.
A young man who went to war, but the war was wrong. He was shot and paralysed five days into his Iraq deploy. He was 24!
A documentary film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, Body Of War brought Young to the public forum with criticism of the Iraq War and it's motives.
He was proud of his uniform, of his fellow Vets and army buddies. A loving son, brother and husband.
Tomas Young died from his wounds ten years later on November 10th 2014, he was 34.


Mouse over / War is not pretty!
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MAY 23/ 11.08 pm
BELLS BEND FARM SQUARE DANCE
The children are adorable and there were some lovely healthy women with pretty dresses.


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MAY 23/ 10.30 am
I found THE COLOR RUN whilst shopping at the Farmers Market.
Within seconds my cameras and me were covered in coloured sparkling material. Is it safe? Apparently Corn Starch based, with dyes
(see info below). I had an amazing time, but the clean-up was intense! Hope my cameras recover
!


The Color Run - Safety Data info”
“The color is a cornstarch base and is dyed with food grade dyes. It is even Gluten free. smile emoticon Here is a list of the ingredients in our color: Blue Thank – FD and C Blue 1 Lake Low, Melojel Starch. Green – FD and C Blue 1 Lake Low, FD and C Yellow Lake 36-42 PCT, Melojel Starch. Pink – FD and C Red 40 Lake 36-42PCT, Melojel Starch. Yellow – FD and C Yellow 5 lake 36-42 PC, Melojel Starch. Our color has gone through extensive testing. In the Material Safety Data it says there could be some irritation since the color can form dust, but in all of the testing it states that there is nothing The MSD sheets show the Potential Health effects are as follows: Oral Exposure – Swallowing this material is not likely to be harmful. Dermal Exposure – Unlikely to cause skin irritation or injury. Inhalation Exposure – This material is a dust or may produce dust. Breathing small amount of this material is not likely to be harmful. Eye Exposure – Dust can cause eye irritation Symptoms may include stinging, tearing redness and swelling of eyes. Symptoms of Exposure – No data Other Health Effects – The material can form dust, which may cause skin or mucous membrane irritation. Symptoms may include redness, burning, and swelling.
Although they may cause respiratory tract irritation, nuisance dusts do not form scar tissue or affect the structure of air spaces in the lungs. Their effects on the tissues are potentially reversible.”

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MAY 21
JAUME PLENSA - HUMAN SCULPTURE
I attended the preview opening of Spanish artist, JAUME PLENSA, HUMAN SCULPTURE installation at Nashville's Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The work is truly fantastic. Señor Plensa kindly posed for me in front of two of his pieces.


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MAY 20
BÉLA FLECK and ABIGAIL WASHBURN
Nourish Your Mind, "On Being" with Krista Tippett - The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville

Inspiring creative interview to be broadcast on NPR.


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MAY 17
JEFF BECK - The Ryman, Nashville
No other living guitar player consistently excites me more. I have been a fan for forty seven years.
Best gig in town tonight, no doubt. And our "home-boy" Jimmy Hall was fabulous on vocals too. I had a great seat.
They encored with "Thrill Is Gone" as a tribute to BB King.
At 70 Jeff Beck, an English original, proves note after note that the Thrill is not Gone, he is having a great time and his band rocks. Bloody brilliant!


More pictures at GIGS 2015
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MAY 15

Remembering JUNE CARTER CASH who left this world, May 15th 2003.
This photograph was at Johnny and June’s home, “Cinnamon Hill”, Jamaica - January 1999

Some of my footage in this video. The opening scene is mine from Jamaica, plus some other scenes and Johnny and June recording.
KEEP ON THE SUNNYSIDE
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MAY 14

BB KING [September 16th 1925 – May 14th 2015]
R.I.P.

Exit/In, Nashville - March 1978
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BB KING
I first photographed BB KING at the old Exit/In, March 27th 1978.
Listen to "Worry Worry" from his classic 1965 album, LIVE AT THE REGAL
I played this record nearly every day.


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MAY 13
My photograph of STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN (1989) is part of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies
in Cleveland, Ohio and broadcasts.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ROCKS!


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MAY 10
A JOHN LENNON song on this AMERICAN MOTHER'S DAY
(we did ours on March 15th)
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MAY 9
Chestnut mare - Franklin - 7.50 am
She's so pretty and a mother.


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MAY 1976
BOBBIE GENTRY - "I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN" (EMI-UK)
This is my first LP cover which I photographed in Manchester Square, London forty seven years ago, May 1968, I was seventeen.
I have lost count of the amount of covers I have photographed, but I think it is over 600.
Currently I am working on three new album packages.
The yellow surround is a toilet bowl freshener package that I adapted to fit over my lens. The plastic was quite pungent!
I remember my excitement at getting my photograph chosen by EMI for this cover. I think I got £25 ($35).
Times and budgets have changed, but 47 years and hundreds of album covers later, I am still excited by each new album session.


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VERN GOSDIN
THE VOICE BOX: Vol 1, 2 and 3 - cover

Released May 2015 by Key Brothers Entertainment


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MAY 8
BILLY BURNETTE is 62 today - Rock on >>>


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BB KING
has announced that he is in hospice care. What an amazing life, let the celebrations begin.
Here's a picture of BB celebrating his 78th birthday in Nashville at the grand opening of his club. I think he celebrated in all his clubs

for several weeks. I went on the bus after the show and chatted.
I first photographed BB at the old Exit/In (Nashville) March 27th 1978.

Watch "The Thrill Is Gone" classic performance in Africa, 1974


September 30th 2003
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MAY 2
FERRELL'S - Hopkinsville, Kentucky


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APRIL 29


Celebrate the Willie way.


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On APRIL 28th 2012
I photographed the last BÉLA FLECK and the FLECKTONES show
in Louisville, Kentucky.
It was a memorable day on several counts
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Browns Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky
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APRIL 27
JONATHAN SCALES FOURCHESTRA played an amazing private show at Nashville's Rymer Gallery
Jonathan Scales - steel pans / Cody Wright - bass/ Derico Watson - drums
Guests included: Bela Fleck, Jeff Coffin, artist, Herb Williams and me.
Jonathan is an American originator who has taken his own road and turned the steel pans into an unique musical experience.
A musician named, Scales just has to be special! (see his statement below)


"BÉLA FLECK came out to see Jonathan Scales Fourchestra last night in Nashville!
If you know me at all, then you know this is definitely the greatest thing that has ever happened in my career! I was so inspired by his music that I chose to become a touring musician after seeing a show he did at my college. And here we are, 11 years later, .just a little moment in time to remind myself that the countless hours of work are actually paying off. And yes, we played my piece "LURKIN" which was written in honor of him.
After the show, Béla says to me "I'm the lurker today."
Life is but a dream.
(Special thanks to Alan Messer for capturing this moment in history)
And just like that, I have to pick myself up and keep pushing forward."
Jonathan Scales
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APRIL 27
THE HOG SLOP BAND - Bells Bend Farm, Nashville


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APRIL 25
The farmer's daughter - Franklin


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APRIL 25



Nashville
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APRIL 25
Chestnut mare - Franklin


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APRIL 25


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APRIL 25
2 guitarists who played with Elvis and many more
REGGIE YOUNG and PETE CUMMINGS at Puckett's before the gig.


Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
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APRIL 23
GEORGE JONES MUSEUM VIP OPENING
The museum and building renovation is really well done with a fabulous rooftop with a bar and restaurant which overlooks
the Cumberland River across from LP Field.
This is a great addition to Nashville that will undoubtedly do good business and ultimately honour George Jones.


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APRIL 22
THE BASEMENT EAST OPENING
BEATLE BOB from St Louis attending The Basement East opening night, East Nashville
Love this new club. Mike Grimes what a night. Looking forward to rocking with my Eastside friends!
Wherever Beatle Bob may roam it will be the right place to be.


East Nashville
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APRIL 22
Clematis


from my neighbour's garden
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APRIL 20
TRISHA YEARWOOD + GARTH BROOKS at BMI, Nashville
attending a celebration for the life of music industry photographer, Alan Mayor, who died on February 23rd.
Alan was 65. A lovely man, I had known him for over three decades.



Nashville
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APRIL 19
Gold City, Kentucky
Rapeseed is used to produce genetically modified canola oil. Although very pretty, appearances can often be deceiving.
Finally my first rainbow photograph after several attempts over the years.


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APRIL 19
The Spring rains have caused farmlands to flood
in areas of Kentucky
and Tennessee


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APRIL 18
GOVERNMENT CHEESE RECORD RELEASE
for their new album, THE LATE SHOW (album pix by me).
Tommy Womack's guitar's await


La Gala, Bowling Green, Kentucky

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APRIL 18
J.D. SHUFFETT (driver) attending The Fireman’s Ball
SKyPAC, Bowling Green, Kentucky


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APRIL 18
ORGANIC LOCAL STRAWBERRIES


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APRIL 16
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD would have been 76 today.
I was hooked when I heard "I Only Want To Be With You" in '63.
I met Dusty and her brother Tom several times. I was very shy as was Dusty, but she had bigger hair.
Always a really pleasant lady, her music is historic. Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien / aka Dusty was an English original.
This 1968 photograph is on the set of Dee Time a weekly BBC TV show that I covered with (Beatle's photographer) Dezo Hoffmann.


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APRIL 15
WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN and his partner SIMONE
celebrating one year together at their Tennessee home.


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APRIL 15
NASHVILLE has too many tribute bands.
There are many good musicians here, some are original and creative and a lot of proficient session/ sidemen.
Tribute gigs are fun when the musicians have real careers, but the trend lately seems to be failed or weak songwriters, who formed local bands that never really got off the ground, but found a living playing supplementary"Tribute shows".
ORIGINALITY is they key. Be yourself not somebody else.


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APRIL 14
PERCY SLEDGE DEAD AT 74
There will never be another Percy Sledge, he was an American original. R.I.P.


I met him once in Muscle Shoals. Fond memories.
A
nd he sang a memorabilia version of When A Man Loves A Woman at rehearsals.
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APRIL 12
Organic Beetroot greens.


Nashville
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APRIL 12


Nashville
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APRIL 10
CHEEKWOOD - Nashville


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APRIL 10
After the storm


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APRIL 10
My brother from another JESSE "GUITAR" TAYLOR would have been 65 today.
Jesse would phone me at 11.55pm on my birthday and then laugh that now I would have to wish him happy birthday!


The Continental Club, Austin, Texas - 1993
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APRIL 9
My Birthday.
Thank you for the overwhelming volume of well wishers on Facebook.


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APRIL 8

As I end this 63rd year of my life I feel the pain of so many who can never be healed.
So many have died recently, dear friends, acquaintances and some I knew in passing.
This week has been physically most painful for me. I am now recovering from a fall with severe bruising and quite a lot of pain.
Simple things like picking something up off the floor, turning light switches on and off, sitting up, laying down, sleeping comfortably or closing a window are difficult
or restricted. I am using natural remedies and herbs to heal.
My father once said to me, “There is too much PAIN in the world”.


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APRIL 7
JOHN CARTER CASH + ANA CRISTINA singing, "Jackson"


Exit/In, Nashville
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APRIL 7
RAELYN NELSON - Exit/In, Nashville


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APRIL 5
From my garden


Nashville
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APRIL 4
AMISH FARM AUCTION - Scottsville, Kentucky
The muddy field resembled a civil war battlefield after a rainstorm
Happy friendly rural Kentucky 'folk'.



American boys drinking AW RootBeer.

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APRIL 3
CLEO
Something in the way she MOOS attracts me .... !
She's About A MOOOOOOver!


Bugtussle Farm, Kentucky
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APRIL 1
CYNTHIA LENNON 1939 - 2015
I met Cynthia Lennon at Abbey Road Studios during a cancer benefit, February 25th 2010. We sat and talked for a few minutes, I showed her my pictures of John and George which were in the auction. She was most friendly. Then we went outside so Cynthia could smoke. She came from that generation when it was fashionable to smoke. Cynthia Lennon died of cancer on Wednesday, she was 75.


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APRIL 1
Found en route to shoot a video and photographic session today.


Burns, Tennessee
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APRIL 1
GOVERNMENT CHEESE NEW ALBUM RELEASE TODAY
This album rocks!
(album photography by me)

Click here to buy
also available worldwide at iTunes and Amazon.


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APRIL 1
Ever wonder how FREIGHTLINER trucks were made!


Dickson, Tennessee
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MARCH 30
JOHN JORGENSON and his virtuoso QUINTET
played an amazing show at Nashville's City Winery



Guest: SAM BUSH - mandolin
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MARCH 28
GOVERNMENT CHEESE ROCK BOWLING GREEN!
playing an in-store promotion for the new album,
THE LATE SHOW.
Mellow Matt's, Bowling Green, Kentucky

More pictures


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MARCH 1988
JOHNNY CASH at the old Country Music Hall of Fame,
16th Avenue South / Music Row, Nashville
previewing the Johnny Cash Exhibit which opened March 22nd 1988


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MARCH 26
DYLAN / CASH Exhibit Opens
Nashville


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MARCH 23
FRAN SCOTT left this world today.
These pictures are from the last time I saw Fran and her loving husband, O.V. when I stayed at their home in Austin, Texas, 11.11.13.
Fran was an accomplished lady.
(Her son John wrote:) "Teacher and professor, philosopher, writer, poet, patron of the arts, humanitarian,
philanthropist, defender of the underdog, giver, friend, role model, inspiration, devoted wife and mother".
Fran had a smile bigger than Texas with optimism and encouragement for all and a heart of gold.


Fran's beautiful smile and gregarious hospitality will forever shine in her son, John.
Love is tender and fragile, True love outshines all and never fades.
Our lives are sweeter for knowing Fran, she lived a full and wonder filled life. Let us who knew her celebrate that good fortune.
R.I. P.


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MARCH 22
AL BUNETTA
John Prine's manager and founder of Nashville's, Oh Boy! Records, dies of cancer.
He was 72!


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MARCH 21
BABY SQUIRREL
Spring Solstice - Long Hungry Creek Farm


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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MARCH 18
FREE IN THE TELEGRAPH
My photograph of FREE from September 1970 was published by The Telegraph (UK) today.


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MARCH 16
ANDY FRASER (bassist with John Mayall and Free) DEAD AT 62
Here's a photograph I took of FREE in London, September 1970
Andy Fraser co-wrote "All Right Now".
Here they are on BBC TV’s “Top Of The Pops”, the bass line rocks!


FREE rocking a live set on Granada TV (UK), July 1970
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MARCH 15 (UK)

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MARCH 14
USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN
Nashville has a range of eclectic original music. Today I attended 2 fabulous concerts.
The music here ranges from professional 'cover" bands, to Country, to Bluegrass, to Classical, to Jazz, to Indian and more.


Sri Ganesha Temple, Nashville

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3.14.15
A day of Pi - OZ Arts, Nashville
A remarkable day filled with great music.

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MARCH 13
The funeral of GARRETT MILLER (29) - Leiper's Fork, Tennessee


Native American dancers.


BILL MILLER at his son's funeral.
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MARCH 11
BILLY BLOCK (59) dies of cancer
Billy Block was a pioneer of roots music presentation in Nashville, which became know as Americana.
Beyond The Billy Block Show, he was a husband, father, family man, writer, drummer and always a jolly good fellow.
Billy fought a long, brave and educated battle with cancer. His smile and enthusiasm touched many. We shall never forget.

R.I.P. dear man, positive spirit and beacon of light.


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MARCH 8
Sad news, GARRETT MILLER (29) Nashville musician
and son of Native American musician Bill Miller, died after being hit by a vehicle on I-65 (Brentwood).
We met just once on a day when two hearts were united and one was broken.
Lovely and talented young man.
R.I.P.
Here's a song by Garrett (click for video)



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MARCH 7
Michael Rhodes featured at Country Music Hall Of Fame, "Nashville Cats"


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MARCH 6
MUSIC CITY FINE ARTS GALLERY opening - Nashville
Looking forward to showing at this gallery.


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MARCH 6


Kimmie Rhodes - cowgirl boudoir, Austin Texas
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MARCH 5


Nashville
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MARCH 4
WILLIE NELSON PLAYS THE RYMAN
More pictures




Kevin Smith tuning his bass at the
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
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MARCH 2
KAREN CARPENTER would have been 65.
I met Karen at a press reception at the Inn On The Park, London, February 1974, with her brother Richard and took some photographs.
We had an instant rapport. I asked her out, but they were on tour. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we had dated.
I didn't cook in those days, I was 23 and very shy. Karen was 24.
Karen Carpenter died of anorexia on February 4th,1983.



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FEBRUARY 26
JOHNNY CASH would have been 83 today
John having fun on his bus at Mt Olivett Cemetery, Nashville during the shooting of "Let Him Roll" video.
To celebrate Johnny's birthday I am running a CASH SALE of 20% off on all CASH prints for one week
OFFER ENDS MARCH 6


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FEBRUARY 25
GEORGE HARRISON would have been 72 today
George asked me to shoot the Ravi Shankar concert for him at The Royal Albert Hall, London - September 1974
I hope that George enjoyed the set of 12 x 15 black and white prints I made for him and hand delivered to his Dark Horse Records.



London - 1974
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FEBRUARY 23
Goodbye TONY
"You go careful now"
We were friends for over four decades. Cancer has no mercy. 68 is too soon.
R.I.P. dear friend.


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FEBRUARY 23
Goodbye ALAN MAYOR

Nashville photographer dead at 65
Alan was a renowned event photographer on the Nashville music scene. He had suffered ill health in recent years.
RIP fellow photographer and jolly good chap.


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FEBRUARY 22 - 12.47 am
Goodbye FAMILY WASH
Tonight the blue neon sign was not lit, but the place was packed.
"All Things Must Be Washed (the last gig at the old Family Wash)"
featured The Sons Of Zevon rocking the popular East Nashville neighbourhood bar with classic covers.
With bitter sweet feelings and support for Jamie Rubin's move to a new local location, the place was packed.
Beers were drunk to toast, shepherds pies flowed from the kitchen, steaming hot on a winter's night.
Notably a great set by Keith Gattis who sang Freddy Fender's, "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"



East Nashville
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FEBRUARY 22
As a flock of Sandhill Cranes flew over, this Robin visited me in my garden.



Nashville
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1958
I was seven years old when I bought my first camera, a Kodak Brownie 127, on self arranged "layaway" at Boots in Westgate-On-Sea
Each week I paid installments with my pocket money. I just had to have that camera!


Kodak Brownie 127 film processed at Boots and printed.
I scanned the original 1.75 x 2.75" Enprint
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FEBRUARY 20
The Great Nashville Ice Storm of 2015!



East Nashville
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FEBRUARY 19
The Great Nashville Ice Storm of 2015!



Juvenile red-shouldered Hawk, Nashville

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FEBRUARY 19
SAVE THIS 300 YEAR OLD MAGNOLIA
PUBLIC MEETING WITH DEVELOPER at Sevier Park Community Center TBA.
The Colonial Bakery, Franklin Road, Nashville is being developed to build more condominiums.
Meet the developer to discuss plans already approved by the Metro Planning Commission.


"The meeting will focus on the proposed 4-story residential development on the back side of the property facing Elliot Street.
Four stories looking down on single family cottage style homes. Just like the front half of the site that is within Berry Hill,
the plans are moving forward without consideration of anything other than the developers agenda.
Please attend this meeting to ask again for better design and a say in the process." - Carol Ashworth
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FEBRUARY 19
The Great Nashville Ice Storm of 2015!
Ice creates wonderful shapes. Big water dripage with sharp points, meshed leaves and various sculptures.
Seen a lot of cliché pictures this week on social media, but who knows, I may "break the ice" and post one!



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FEBRUARY 17
Farm Pals


Whites Creek, Tennessee
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FEBRUARY 17
Nashville ice Storm
Don't think I will ride today, but I did cruise into the country in my El Camino

to photograph landscapes and then shot an album cover on a horse farm. Gorgeous creative day!


Nashville
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FEBRUARY 14
KENTUCKY THUNDER reunite for one night


L-R: Etta Britt, Sheila Lawrence, Jonell Mosser and Vickie Carrico
The last time they played together as Kentucky Thunder was in the same club for a musician's cancer benefit on March 19th 2013
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
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Bonnie Raitt / LOVE HAS NO PRIDE



The Kinks / Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It"
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FEBRUARY 14
Valentine's breakfast alone


Nashville
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GRAMMY NIGHT
In 1988 I won a Grammy for "Album Packaging" for a photo/ silkscreen
THE O'KANES - Tired Of The Runnin'
with Bill Johnson, a dear friend, who was the CBS art director.


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FEBRUARY 7
Goodbye TONY WALKER - "You go careful now!"

He introduced me to Bonnie Raitt's music in 1972 and to so much more.
Friendships grew, hearts were meshed and broken, many bottles of wine, too much beer, many smokes, much laughter and always music.
Cancer relentlessly keeps taking our friends and loved ones.
This song is in my head today.


London, 1970s
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FEBRUARY 7
Bye Bye JOE B. MAUDLIN (74)
Joe was always a charming lovely man and he was one of the CRICKETS. What a history!
Cancer takes two more today, too soon.

Video PEGGY SUE 1957
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FEBRUARY 6
DON HENRY, TOM PAXTON and JON VEZNER
Nashville writing session


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FEBRUARY 6
The old MAGNOLIA TREE outside the soon to be developed Colonial Bakery
will soon be destroyed for more Nashville condominiums!
The investors have not elected to include the tree in their architectural plans.
The Magnolia is Southern aristocracy with a tradition of being beneficial to the eco system.


Franklin Road, Nashville
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Red Maned Mare


Franklin, Kentucky!
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FEBRUARY 4
THOM BRESH backstage
The Staion Inn, Nashville



With Chris Scuggs

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FEBRUARY 4
TOM PAXTON, the great folk singer, performs a special concert
at Carter Vintage Guitars, Nashville


Previewing songs from his new album "Redemption Road"
along with songwriters, Jon Vezner and Don Henry, plus virtuoso Celtic guitarist/mandolinist Robin Bullock.

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FEBRUARY 4
HAPPY 67th BIRTHDAY ALICE
School's Out brother!


Bridgestone Arena, Nashville - October 15 2014
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JANUARY 31
Red Boiling Springs community meeting - SAY "NO" TO POULTRY CAFOS
Local resident in her mid 70's showing the view from her home.
She showed me the rash on her neck and spoke about the horrible smell and her stinging eyes from the CAFO chemicals.

The local residents of this small community are being squashed by big corporate factory farming.
They are polluting their environment, making them ill and destroying their home values. Red Boiling Springs is just one community in crisis.
Please help stop factory farming. You can start now by not buying their products that also harm you and your children.


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
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JANUARY 30
Rock Pigeons


Russellville, Kentucky
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JANUARY 28
Remembering JIM CAPALDI (Aug 2 1944 - Jan 28 2005)
Jim playing with Traffic on the 'Far From Home' tour- 1994


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JANUARY 26


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JANUARY 24 - 9.30 am
A touch of snow overnight


Grammy White Pike, Nashville, Tennessee
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JANUARY 22
TEDDY GENTRY (Alabama Band - bass) celebrating his 63rd birthday


Nashville, Tennessee
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JANUARY 20
ARLEN ROTH + GREG MARTIN (Kentucky Headhunters)
Slide Guitar Summit performance


The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee
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JANUARY 20
ARLEN ROTH, JACK PEARSON + LEE ROY PARNELL
Slide Guitar Summit performance


The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee
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JANUARY 17
REEVES GABRELS (formerly with David Bowie, playing with The Cure since 2012)
Digital album release party for "Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends"


The Family Wash, East Nashville
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JANUARY 17
JEFF POPPEN aka, The Barefoot Farmer and The Organic Band
Ri'chard's, Whites Creek, Tennessee


L-R: Jeff, James Chambers - drums, Kristina Cimino - hula hoop, Tom Baker - bass, Alan Powell - guitar
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JANUARY 16
PETER FRAMPTON playing with Nashville's, Sons Of Zevon 1971
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3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
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JANUARY 12
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN
A dear friend of many years and long standing member of the Oak Ridge Boys, since 1964.


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JANUARY 10
ROD STEWART is 70 Today.
Here's a picture I took of Rod at the Faces 'Ooh La La' debauched album launch at Tramps, London, April 5th 1973.
I shot several Faces shows, they were always great fun and rocking!


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JANUARY 8
DAVID BOWIE is 68 Today.
In 1978
I got an assignment to cover the opening night of David Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ U.S. tour.
A journalist, an RCA press officer and me, flew to from London to Philadelphia to get a front page story preceding the British tour. We arrived and were told that Bowie preferred not to be photographed performing and no other session would be set up.
I tried to meet with him to exlain the situation. Bowie probably didn’t know he was paying for our fun working trip.
His team gave us tickets!
I was assigned to get the picture, so I got my Nikon into the show by stuffing some parts and film into my cowboy boots and gave the rest of the components and lenses to my compadres. I assembled the camera "sniper" style and got the photograph.
It was published on the front page of Melody Maker.


The concert was excellent.
Beyond the fun I am a professional, I was hired to do a job, being relentless I got the picture.
LISTEN to the concert on YouTube
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JANUARY 8
ELVIS would have been 80 Today.
I never met Elvis. I first heard his music coming from an old 78 rpm windup HMV gramophone.
My mother would play “Heartbreak Hotel” on that machine whilst my brother, David and I danced around in the living room.
It was 1956. Our newborn baby brother Michael was too young to hold a spoon or a silver National.
When I saw this photograph of Elvis Presley hanging on the office wall of MCA Records, president Tony Brown, I just had to have it.
So Tony let me borrow the framed photograph, his gift from Rosanne Cash, who had apparently found this early publicity photograph
in an antique shop, somewhere in America.


For me he was never the "King", just an icon like Marilyn. Elvis is an older generation, he made a few cheesy films,
had a wonderful voice, but never fully became the artist he had the talent to be.
It's good to be a living King.
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JANUARY 6
Remembering EARL SCRUGGS who would have been 90 today
Scruggs left this world on March 28, 2012, he was 88.
This picture is from, The Carter Family III, Past and Present - A tribute to "Mother" Maybelle Carter at Lipscomb University


Nashville - 2.11.10
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JANUARY 4
Remembering PHIL LYNOTT who died at 36 years old on January 4th, 1986.
Thin Lizzy playing the Reading Festival, England - August 1974


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JANUARY 3
Sir GEORGE MARTIN is 88 today
The first time I met GEORGE MARTIN was in 1967 when he was interviewed on DEE TIME at BBC TV in London.
I was very shy in those days, I was sixteen and had just started working with Dezo Hoffmann (known for his early Beatles photographs).
I wanted to tell George Martin that I had every Beatle record.
A few years later I photographed him at his Air London Studio. We never spoke Beatles, nor again at Abbey Road in 2010.


DEE TIME - BBC TV 1967 - © Rex Features
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JANUARY 3
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS dead at 94
This is amazing, 2450+ "Likes" and 195+ "Shares" on The Kentucky Headhunters Facebook page.
So pleased I got these pictures before the irate publicist threw me out.
And a big thank you to William Lee Golden for the invitation and All Access laminate, because no other photographer was backstage. LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS was a true professional with a huge heart, a funny man with a legacy of music and friendships.
He thanked me for being there with my camera. Please visit my Facebook for more


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JANUARY 2
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS dead at 94
Beloved by all who knew him. 94 is a good innings.
Jimmy was the oldest member of Nashville's, Grand Ole' Opry.
R.I.P. dear little man with a huge heart.
Please visit my Facebook for more


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JANUARY 2
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS dead at 94
I photographed LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS many times over the past four decades (maybe five!).
He was a funny little man with a huge heart, vaudeville outfits and a soulful professional, known for his novelty songs.
All who knew him, loved him.
This photograph is from outside the Grand Ole Opry theatre. I had just taken a picture of Jimmy and Tanya Tucker.
Being 4' 11" has some advantage with big breasted ladies!! Jimmy and I shared a smile, then he was gone!
Please visit my Facebook for more


Here's a classic Country Music video, Jimmy Dickens - Sleep at the Foot of the Bed
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JANUARY 1
MILLER WILLIAMS died today, he was 84
In 1997 Miller Williams read his poem “Of History and Hope” at Bill Clinton's inauguration.
In his picture he is sharing the stage with his daughter, Lucinda Williams at The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville in 2006
They took turns with their songs and poetry.


Nashville, Tennessee - 3.22.06
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JANUARY 1
TOWNES VAN ZANDT left this world, January 1st 1997
Townes and JT.Van Zandt - Stubb's BBQ, Austin Texas - circa 1996
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No Place To Fall
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