Close encounter at the Christmas Jam

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Is it just me, or was Stephen Spielberg in the room?

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Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam

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The Warren Haynes 26th annual Christmas Jam took place in Warren’s hometown of Asheville last night. Following stellar sets by the Hard Working Americans and Jason Isbell, Warren Haynes, Jack Pearson, Paul T. Riddle, Mike Barnes, Oteil Burbridge, and Danny Louis performed a three song Marshall Tucker Band tribute. Of course, Paul T. Riddle was the original MTB drummer.

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The openers pay attention

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Members of the opening band are paying attention as BlackHawk does a sound check a couple nights ago, near Winston-Salem, NC.

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Monte Yoho on the bus

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While Paul Riddle is an old acquaintance, Outlaws and BlackHawk drummer, Monte Yoho, is one of my oldest friends. We go back forty years.  I caught this casual portrait of Monte on the band tour bus last night near Winston-Salem, NC. That’s Chris Anderson relaxing in the background. Look closely in the mirror and you will see a slovenly old guy taking a picture.

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Paul T. Riddle – an old acquaintance not forgotten

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I’ve been meaning to post this shot of drummer Paul Riddle for several weeks. I hadn’t seen Paul since 1975, when he was playing with the Marshall Tucker Band until he came to Asheville to play a show with Barry Waldrep’s Smoke In The Kitchen band. He’s still crazy nice after all these years. And well preserved too. I was amazed at his youthful appearance and surprised to find out he is three years younger than I am. So that’s how he does it.

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Izzy and a harmonitrompe

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Singer/songwriter Isabel Stone, known as Izzy to her friends, posed for me in my studio a couple days ago. Although she is primarily a guitarist, she brought a harmonitrompe that belongs to a friend as well as her guitar. I’ve seen a gazillion guitars, but the harmonitrompe was a first for me. It’s a very rare brass reed instrument that looks like a small intricate trumpet. Since my studio is in an office building, and it was during the business day, she did not play it. Gotta be considerate of my neighbors. Anyway, in some situations, I’m a sucker for a good photo prop, and this was one of those times.

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Nosedive from the fifth floor

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Here is a new portrait that I made this afternoon in my fifth floor Asheville studio of the songster known as Nosedive.

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Another day on the sidewalk in Asheville

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I noticed the light and the composition of this sidewalk scene earlier today, and just needed to wait a bit for someone interesting to walk into it. Being Asheville, I didn’t have to wait long. Very Cartier-Bresson of me. That’s an inside reference for the other photographers who visit my site. (If you’re a photographer and don’t know Henri Cartier-Bresson, it’s time to do your homework.) The woman did not pose for me. She was posing for her daughter standing next to me, who got a shot with her cell phone. But I was there first, so I had dibs. The daughter wasn’t having much luck, so after I got my shot, they handed me their cell phone and I took a few more.

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