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NOVEMBER 22
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS + RICHARD YOUNG (Kentucky Headhunters)
share a joke backstage at the George Jones Tribute Concert, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.
Fortunately I was there to catch this, being the only photographer backstage, otherwise Jimmy would have been overlooked, as would the Headhunters, William Lee Golden, Trisha and Garth, Charlie Daniels, Kathy Mattea, Jim Halsey, The Oak Ridge Boys and many other waiting performers.
There will never be another George Jones Tribute like this. It was an historic Nashville moment.


93 year old, Little Jimmy Dickens had been in hospital prior to the show, he attended the event to honour his his friend George.
Jimmy is a professional, he thanked me for photographing him, so did Trisha and Garth (Brooks) and William Lee Golden.
The shortsightedness of the publicity firm handling the event alienated photographers and lost the opportunity to record a classic moment in Nashville's music history.

I had a full access pass, as guest of William Lee Golden. No other photographer was assigned to him or his group or apparently to any other artist off stage. "Live" on stage photography is done by lots of proficient photographers snapping for agencies and media, but I prefer to be behind the scenes with the artists or on stage for that unique trusted perspective. Backstage, artists are dressed and primed for performance. There is an energy and comradeship between performers and stars gathering for such an event, that is precious and memorable.


I was thrown out of this event by the irate plump publicist, my lanyard All Access Pass ripped off my neck. This publicist blocked photography of his own clients and was reported as unprofessionally rude to local media, who were only allowed to photograph from the sound board and "strictly" nowhere else. So other than a few of my pictures, where is there a record of the friends of George Jones who gathered to honour the legend for the last time other than on stage and one official group pose? When I checked with an associate at the PR company, I was told they never got any. And that is sad.

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
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OCTOBER 15

WILLIE NELSON
Palace Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky


Mickey Raphael is on harmonica.
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LINDA RONSTADT
New Victoria Theatre, London - November 1st 1976


I took this picture during the taping of The Old Grey Whistle Test.

I was the resident, indie photographer for 103 shows

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OCTOBER 9

JOHN LENNON
should have been 73 today


I took this picture on May 23rd 1968 at Club Dell'Aretusa in the famous 'trendy' King's Road, in London.
This was John's first public appearance with Yoko (3 days into their relationship).
I did not photograph them together as John was still married. I think that's why he asked me to take this picture.

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OCTOBER 1

JOHN DENSMORE - The Doors drummer
at Howlin' Books, Nashville signing his new book, 'The Doors Unhinged'


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SEPTEMBER 24

Photography/ art direction/ design by Alan Messer


client: Back Porch Records
12 page songbook, 6 panel digipack + 12inch vinyl

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SEPTEMBER 21

EQUINOX MOON
Long Hungry Farm


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SEPTEMBER 12

Remembering JOHNNY CASH 10 years gone
(Feb 26th 1932 - Sept 12th 2003)


I took this photograph in 1987 at John and June's home at 200 Caudill Drive, Hendersonville, Tennessee
John died September 12th 2003.

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Last night I went to the Hendersonville Memorial Garden and took this photograph at 9.30 pm


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SEPTEMBER 11

12 YEARS ON>>


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Beyond the politics, it is about people.
It's about mothers and fathers, sons and brothers, sisters and daughters, friends, lovers, husbands and wives.
It is about 2,792 lives that were lost and those who remain, bereaved, to live without.

Peace To All People.
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SEPTEMBER 10

LUCINDA WILLIAMS - Memphis


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Lucinda's band is smoking hot and those songs are just amazing. She has lived every line, from heart wrenching to happy.
She rocks!
In the 2nd image Lucinda is performing Neil Young's, 'Keep On Rockin' In The Free World' for her Memphis encore.

more Lucinda pictures
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TOMAS YOUNG - 33 years old
Iraq War victim - Kansas City - 8.27.13


War is not pretty buddy!
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SEPTEMBER 3

TOMMY WOMACK
Courtyard Concert at Nashville Public Library


Excellent songwriter
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AUGUST 31

DAVID FROST
April 7 1939 – August 31 2013

Sadly DAVID FROST has died at 74. I met him a few times during the '70s. I went to his London home once and photographed him and we used to meet at London TV studios. He was a charming wonderful man, his career is well documented, but the man I knew was forthright, generous and genuinely excited by life. Frost introduced me to Rudolph Nureyev so I could take a picture (it became a classic). Somewhere I have pictures of David Frost, but mostly I have my fond memories of this remarkable man.
An English original. R.I.P
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AUGUST 31

WEBB WILDER
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville


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AUGUST 27

Remembering
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
who died August 27th 1990


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AUGUST 26

CROSSING BRIDGES
Crossing the Ohio River on the Kentucky line en route to Kansas City to photograph
Tomas Young, Iraq war victim, who is weakening from his wounds.


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AUGUST 23

TONY JOE WHITE
Bringing on the swamp groove at the Frankln Theatre, Tennessee


"I was blinded by the blackness of her black silk stocking - She was an undercover agent for the blues"

"Steamy windows coming from the body heat..."

'Rainy Night in Georgia' and the standard,' Polk Salad Annie'

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AUGUST 21

WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN
Visiting the Pensacola Museum Of Art in Florida, the day before the opening ceremony.

 

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AUGUST 20

PERCY SLEDGE
Rehearsing in Muscle Shoals, Alabama for the new "The Gospel Of Percy Sledge" album
release


He sang the classics too
,"When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Take Time To Love Her"
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AUGUST 17

JOHN CARTER CASH
and SARAH BRASHER PEASALL played some classics tonight at Douglas Corner.
Here they are singing, Jackson

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AUGUST 13

TOMPALL GLASER
(September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013)


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Tompall and his sweet wife, June at their Nashville home, 2006
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AUGUST 12
PETER MESSER (May 28 1918 - August 12 2006)

Dearly loved and forever missed.


Seven years ago the phone rang at 5 am in my hotel room in Jackson, Tennessee, it was my sister in law telling me that my father had just died.
This morning I am naturally awake under the Tennessee sky.

My father lived 88 years. He will never be forgotten and can never be replaced.

Living a long and good life is a talent that requires strength and the fortune of good health, family and relationships.
My father was a true English gentleman, much liked by all who met him and dearly loved by his family. My father was so proud of his family, of his wife (my mother) and of his children and his six grandchildren were his delight.
Peter means the rock. My father was a strong and determined man, who endured a war, 57 years of marriage, one daughter, three crazy sons, too many cigarettes and then, in later years, ill health, with a perseverance and a wife so resolute, that neither would let go until it was time.
Mother fought hard, long and strong and held him to the end.
I will forever miss his advice and wisdom, his silly jokes and some sayings that will hopefully remain in our family for generations to come.

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AUGUST 8
Goodbye "COWBOY" JACK CLEMENT

Music legend Jack Clement died today of cancer. He was 82.


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AUGUST 7

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RODNEY


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AUGUST 5

VERN GOSDIN
Today would have been his 79th birthday.

[Aug 5, 1934 - April 28, 2009]

'Time Stood Still' - 1984
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JULY 29

Phil Brown and Paris Delane
Mando Blues Show - Omega Lab Studio, Nashville.


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JULY 27

WS HOLLAND


Johnny Cash tribute show - Lobelville Main Street Music Park, Tennessee
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JULY 26

Sad to loose JJ Cale.
He was Anerican original


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JULY 17

KIX BROOKS and SHERYL CROW
American Country Countdown - Nashville


KIX BROOKS interviewed SHERYL CROW on American Country Countdown
Sheryl speaks about music, motherhood, relationships, Johnny and June, health and more.

 


SHERYL CROW + NIKITA PALMER + KIX BROOKS

 


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JULY 5

THE ROLLING STONES - DAILY TELEGRAPH UK


I was 18 when I took this picture. The concert is both memorable and historic.
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JUNE 25

COOPER - Motown Suite
The debut album released by Violet Fire as a vinyl LP

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JUNE 6

IN STEP was released on June 6th 1989.
Photographing Stevie Ray Vaughan was wonderful, not only am I a SRV fan, but he was also a lovely man.


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MAY 28

On May 28th 1978, my father's sixtieth birthday, he drove me to Gatwick Airport where I boarded a flight to Dallas Ft Worth,
where I would buy a white bicentennial Chevrolet Impala and drive to Nashville where my new apartment at 1605 16th Avenue South awaited.
I had jobs lined up and got to work immediately.

I have lived in Nashville thirty five years today, where I have been fortunate to have taken many professional and personal pictures and to have met many wonderful people. Nashville has progressed over the decades to having the finest fresh locally grown organic and biodynamic real vegetables and foods. Today would have been my father's 95th birthday.

Alan, Nashville, Tennessee - May 28th 2013

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MAY 18

The celebration continues!
[born on April 23, 1938]


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MAY 2
GEORGE JONES FUNERAL




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APRIL 29
CELEBRATE THE WILLIE WAY

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY

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APRIL 26
The great, GEORGE JONES died today.


This photograph was taken at a recording studio in Nashville, Sept 1982
A cornerstone of Country Music, George Jones was the real deal.
The king of broken hearts has gone.

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APRIL 1

Walked past the stage at 3rd and Lindsley during The Time Jumpers set.
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MARCH 20
HOWLIN' BROTHERS launch new album, Howl, at Nashville's Station Inn


I have seen this band playing their arses off on freezing mornings at farmers markets to sweltering hot summer days.
A favourite with many and always hard working and full of joy. So pleased that our friend, John Porter is now managing them. HOWL on >>>>

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MARCH 6

ALVIN LEE died today at 68.


I was a big Ten Years After fan and was delighted to meet, photograph and video document a concert with Alvin,
Eric Burdon and Tim Hinkley in Austin, Texas, May 25th 1996.
This is a screen capture from the video.
©1996 photograph by Alan MESSER
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JANUARY
New CD cover [UK only]


Released on Universal Music Ireland
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WEB GALLERY TO ORDER COLLECTOR PRINTS
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