Courtnee Fallon Rex encore

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While organizing images for my forthcoming book, I came across another image of the lovely Courtnee Fallon Rex that I just had to post. None of my subjects are professional models, but Courtnee is, in addition to being a singer/songwriter, and a fine instrumentalist on accordion and ukulele. She passed through Asheville earlier this summer, and is now back in Seattle. Such a talented person.

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Busker of the day – Stephen Ray Lester

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I’ve photographed Stephen before, when he was part of the group Ain’t Nothing Much, but not as a solo artist. He is getting ready to leave Asheville for greener pastures in Los Angeles, so I figured it was now or never. We did a short photo shoot in my Flatiron Studio Monday afternoon and got four images I really like. I’m showing this one because it’s horizontal, and the last three images I’ve posted here are verticals. And I like it. Stephen is a remarkable banjo player. Of course, he has the usual bluegrass repertoire, but what sets him apart are the long instrumental jams he has written and likes to perform while busking. And now for a public inside note: Oteil, if you see this, you need to look Stephen up and play banjo (or bass) with him. You two are cut from the same cloth.

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Jared Tyler stopped by for coffee and a picture

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Jared is one of the best guitarists I know. Put a stringed instrument and a slide in his hands and prepare to be blown away. If he lived anywhere but Tulsa, Oklahoma, he’d be famous. Jared was in Asheville recently while touring with Malcolm Holcombe, and stopped by my Flatiron Studio for a photo shoot.

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Busker of the day – Sumer Zachary

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You can often find Sumer Zachary among the musicians and other buskers on Pack Square in downtown Asheville, but she is a little different. Sumer performs the ritual of reading Tarot for interested passerby. Take a few minutes to sit at her table, and she will go through her deck of cards and tell you something about yourself.

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Buskers of the day – Mike and Kelsey

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Finally got a dog past the layers of security at the Flatiron Studios. Mike Quain and Kelsey Robins are Hearth and Highway, from Fayetteville, Arkansas. They are touring around the country in their van with their instruments and Ese, an Australian Shepherd. Ese enjoyed the ride up the elevator and posed with them in my studio this afternoon.

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Busker of the day – Billy Scribbles

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I saw Billy Scribbles busking in front of the Flatiron sculpture as I walked to my studio today. It’s a hot August day in Asheville, so Billy was ready for a break after an hour. He came up to the fifth floor for a portrait that shows a little wear and tear, not to mention a bit of carpal tunnel on his wrist. This is not to be confused with car pool tunnel, which he gets when he drives his friends down Tunnel Road.

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Busker of the day – Teso McDonald

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If you’ve seen Teso McDonald busking, more often than not you had to look up, because he was likely playing in a tree. But no more. Teso tells me that since a recent conversation with one of Asheville’s finest, he has been grounded. He did make it up to my fifth floor Flatiron Studio for a portrait.

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Midnight at Funaholics Unanimous

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For those who ask, what was Transformus like, it was a humongous theme party centered on art, sensuality, freedom, fun, and fire, not necessarily in that order. This is a surrealistic view of what it was like with a little impressionism tossed in. If you can’t hear the electronic dance music, at least you should be able to feel the heat. I’m pretty sure this campsite was called Funaholics Unanimous. (If not, please let me know and I’ll update.) Located in the Valhalla neighborhood, this was one of the livelier dance and drinking spots at the festival.

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