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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Light and lines

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I do love the soft available light I get through the window in my Asheville studio.
I also like the lines in this portrait of guitarist Michael Hunter holding his beautiful Telecaster.

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Neither a ginger nor a red head

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Call me a sucker for unusual hairstyles and tattoos. There’s no shortage of either in Asheville. Last summer I was walking by a tea house on Lexington Avenue with an open window and counter that looks over the sidewalk, and I took a picture of this woman relaxing and watching the goings on outside. I don’t remember whether it was her hair or her tattoos that caught my attention. Maybe it was her eyes. Anyway, she allowed me to take her picture and I’ve been meaning to post it for months.

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Malcolm Holcombe & ghosts of Elvis and more in RCA Studio A

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I’m back in RCA Studio A in Nashville for the recording and filming of a live in-the-studio Malcolm Holcombe DVD. There’s more than a little music history in this studio. Elvis, Waylon, Willie, Roy Orbison, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Dolly Parton have all recorded here. Malcolm is singing a duet with Maura O’Connor above, as Jared Tyler and Dave Roe look over their shoulders. Below is a view from the control room looking into the studio. Man, do these folks ever sound good!

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Those People

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Here’s a group of street musicians who call themselves Those People. This is the largest group of folks I’ve photographed so far in my small 5th floor studio in Asheville’s Flatiron Building, which makes me wonder… just how many people can I fit in there at one time before the landlord reads me the riot act?

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