Religious experience with The Resonant Rogues

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Well, not really, tho it does kinda look that way. I shot a recording session earlier today for The Resonant Rogues in the Church Studio at Echo Mountain Recording here in Asheville, which not surprisingly happens to be in an old church building. Rogue bassist Craig Sandberg is pictured above listening intently to a recording being played back in his headphones. Craig was isolated from the other players behind a plexiglass barrier where I noticed the reflection of the huge stained glass window that is on the back wall of the former sanctuary. It would be fair to say that Jesus photo-bombed Craig here. The other Rogues pictured below are Sparrow Pants on accordion. Keith Smith on acoustic guitar, and Drayton Aldridge on the fiddle. (More stained glass reflections on Keith’s guitar below.)

 

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Abby the Spoon Lady – queen of the Asheville buskers

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Last week, Abby Roach, better known as Abby the Spoon Lady, posed for me in my Asheville studio with her performing partner, Chris Rodrigues. Abby is irresistibly charismatic, with or without her spoons. There is a nobility in her face and character that I tried to capture in a portrait.  I left the pic of Abby above pretty much exactly as the camera captured it, but couldn’t resist shopping the pic below  and converting to black and white. Chris is certainly no second fiddle in this musical partnership, but Abby is a unique performer, and it is virtually impossible to take one’s eyes off of her whenever she plays.

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Outlaws before the shows

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I got lots of shots last weekend with the Outlaws in Florida. So many, in fact, that I could drag this out for weeks, posting one every day or so, or just post a shitload in a day, Netflix style. Since I probably lack the self discipline to keep posting every day for who knows how long, this will be an epic post containing nineteen images, so get ready to rock n scroll. All these images are from Clearwater and Orlando, and they are all either in rehearsals, sound checks, or other moments before the shows. I’m posting at least one shot of each person in the band and crew.

In case anyone wonders why I may have more shots of one person than another, it’s because I only spent two days with them, and good pictures are creatures of opportunity, good light, and circumstance. This is an old-school black and white presentation. Hope you like ‘em. I’ll post some color shots from the shows in a few days. Henry Paul is shown above sound checking in the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

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Sound technician, Travis Gearheart, is the master of the mixing board, and arguably, the most important guy at a sound check.

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The Capitol Theatre is a really really nice place.

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Chris Anderson and Steve Grisham doing their thing.

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Neither Randy Threet nor myself receive any compensation from the very nice folks at Geezer Sound Company.
But we both have their tee shirts.

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Drummer David Dix rejoined the band for the two 40th anniversary shows.

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Dave Robbins at the keyboards.

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I’m not sure why Randy wanted to pose like this, but he did. This is an example of why I don’t like white styrofoam cups.

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Steve Grisham looking good and sounding great.

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Henry Paul and his trusty Gibson acoustic.

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Monte Yoho perched in his usual spot doing his usual thing.

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Henry Paul IV grabbing a bite before a show, and showing the effects of occupational guitar tuning disease.

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Joe the bus driver showed meticulous attention to details and Christmas decorations.

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Trey Robbins prepares to begin unloading the equipment trailer in Orlando.

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It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Supergrits. At the Plaza LIVE Orlando.

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Tour manager Doug Hunter keeping an eye on things.

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This is why I like sound checks. I cannot walk around the stage and poke my camera in Chris Anderson’s face during a show.

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Randy Threet doing something strange and wonderful to his his bass guitar.

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Dave Robbins has the coolest little cup holder just to the right of his rig.

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Merry Christmas

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Joe, the very cool bus driver, had us all decked out for last weekend’s run to Florida.
Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Outlaws rehearse for the 40th anniversary shows

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Dave Dix joined the Outlaws for their 40th anniversary shows in Florida this weekend. I’ll be posting several shots from the shows in the next couple days, but here’s a preview that will have to suffice until I get home and prepare the images. The band is rehearing at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater a few hours before the first show. Steve Grisham and Dave Robbins were there too, but they were standing outside my camera’s field of view.

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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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