JUNE 20
2018

       
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2018 is my 50th year as a photographer and my 40th year in Nashville

NEW + UPdated pages
MUSIC + PICTURES DAY 62
Albums - CD/LP
MAY 5
Videos MAY 25
Gigs 2018 JUNE 18   iPhone pix 2018 JUNE 11   Scenes_2018 JUNE 18
Johnny CASH JAN 20  June Carter MAY 24  Stevie Ray Vaughan AUG 27  Steve Earle JAN 7
60'S
JAN 8   70'S JUNE 12  Nashville Musicians MAY 12  Press JAN 8
The Barefoot Farmer
MAY 30  William Lee Golden MAY 14   Waylon JUNE 11
Alan bio click   Snaps of me click


JUNE 16
MICKEY RAPHAEL - NASHVILLE CATS
MICKEY RAPHAEL played a wonderful short set of three songs fronting his own band with Duane Eddy on guitar,
concluding the Nashville Cats interview at The Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville
Fellow Texan, Mickey Raphael has played harmonica with Willie Nelson for forty years, his own music is superb.


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JUNE 14
JACK PEARSON - BIRTHDAY GIG
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
Great trio with Joshua Hunt - drums and Charles Treadway - Hammond


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JUNE 12
JON HISEMAN (COLOSSEUM) DEAD AT 73
I have great memories of Jon Hiseman and Colosseum. A superb drummer, musician and a lovely man.
My sympathies to Jon's friends, bandmates and family.
This picture is from The Royal Albert Hall, London - July 2nd, 1970 (also on the show were Steppenwolf).
Today I will play my very worn LP, Valentyne Suite, as a toast to the great Jon Hiseman. R.I.P.


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JUNE 6
AMISH HORSE DRAWN PLOUGH
Ethridge, Tennessee


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JUNE 5
SPOONER OLDHAM'S 75th BIRTHDAY CONCERT
Shoals Theater, Florence, Alabama


SPOONER and DAN PENN sound check

DAN PENN - Dark End Of The Street
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JUNE 2
CARLENE CARTER
Love In Bloom Festival - Franklin, Kentucky
(A Tribute to Johnny and June)

The wind blew and the heavens opened as Carlene sang about love, parents and Johnny and June.


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JUNE 2
CARLENE CARTER
Johnny and June Cash memorial dedication.
First United Methodist Church, Franklin, Kentucky

CARLENE CARTER listening to Mark Stielper delivering an eloquent account of Johnny and June’s wedding, that she had attended, fifty years ago at the First United Methodist Church
There were tears of joy as we were all swept up in a true life romantic love story.


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JUNE 1
JOHNNY CASH EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY
The Gallery On The Square - Franklin, Kentucky

as part of the LOVE IN BLOOM festival

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Prints always available for direct sales

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MAY 28
TODAY IS MY 40th 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 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, photographing many notable musicians in my studio, won a Grammy

and was probably shooting a session every day and printing most nights.
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 “music” photographer for 50 years and a Nashville resident for forty years.
I am as passionate about photography today as when I bought my first camera at seven, sixty years ago.

My father would have been 100 today..

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MAY 25
JESSI COLTER and WAYLON JENNINGS
Nashville, 1977

This is one of my first Nashville photographs from 1977 (a year before I moved here) at The Nashville Palace.
Waylon and Jessi were real country legends and super cool people.
Today is Jessi Colter's 75th birthday.

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MAY 17
GUY CLARK
DIED 2 YEARS AGO, May 17th, 2016.

Guy was the renowned Texas troubadour songwriter, storyteller, avid smoker, mentor, a great dear friend to many and a luthier.
Here is J.T. Van Zandt building a guitar in Guy's basement workshop, 2.13.10

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MAY
JOHNNY CASH ICON 2 - new album cover
Universal Music have repackaged the 2014 compilation using my photograph.
My pictures are now the front and back covers


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MAY 15
JUNE CARTER CASH
June 23 1929 - May 15 2003

more pictures
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MAY 12
WAITING FOR A TRAIN


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APRIL 30
JOHN PRINE
The Basement East, Nashville
Sellout hometown gig (more pictures)


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APRIL 29
HAPPY 85th BIRTHDAY WILLIE NELSON
Born April 29, 1933
in Abbott, Texas


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APRIL 28
HAPPY 91st BIRTHDAY BILL WALKER
Johnny Cash would begin his tv shows with "Hello Bill Walker"

Bill Walker was Johnny Cash's musical director when we first met in 1977. It was Bill who introduced me to Cash.
This picture is Bill with his beloved wife and partner, Jeanine in their Franklin, Tennessee home.
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APRIL 24
WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN
The Oak Ridge Boys
BMI, Nashville


The Oaks were to have played here on this splendid roof deck overlooking downtown, but the promoter was concerned about rain.
We went to the roof anyway, made some pictures and enjoyed the view and acoustics.
The concert took place in the lobby.
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APRIL 2
WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN
The Oak Ridge Boys


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APRIL 1
JEFF POPPEN - THE BAREFOOT FARMER
Easter Day + Birthday on the farm


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MARCH 26
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANA ROSS
Born March 26, 1944

Photographed at EMI House, Manchester Square, London - September 1973


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FEBRUARY 21
BILLY GRAHAM - R.I.P.
A long life well lived.

I met Billy Graham several times with his close friend, Johnny Cash.
Beyond Billy Graham’s evangelistic fame, he was a genuinely wonderful man, husband and a true friend to his friends.
Driving in the motorcade to a Crusade site was almost presidential.
This picture is from a Billy Graham Crusade at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina - May 1987


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FEBRUARY 5
SHAWN CAMP
+ PHIL CUNNINGHAM
The Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London


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JANUARY 8
AT&T "BATMAN BUILDING"
Nashville’s Artic blast has moved on after a week of Southern Winter, frozen pipes and lovely brisk fresh air.
Now we can turn down the heat and enjoy the rain-mist.


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JANUARY 6
STEVE EARLE
rules at City Winery, Nashville

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JANUARY 1
BELMONT - Nashville
Southern freeze. Some much needed real winter.

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