I was lucky enough to get a call from my friends and harmony-heroes The Secret Sisters who were in need of album artwork and press materials for their excellent, Brandi Carlisle-produced album (listen to album here). In an attempt to get something a little more personal, we went on-location at the sisters’ grandparents farm (now home to Laura) and in a couple of hours that afternoon, I think we got some work to be proud of. No budget for hair, makeup or design – just the three of us. Below are a few personal favorites.
I can’t get specific about the project right now, but please enjoy these photographs I took of some lovely dishes created by a few talented, stay-at-home chefs. I’m not a food photographer per se, but I’m improving.
Sake miso sea bass on soybean puree topped with roasted pepitos:
L: Matar paneer (Indian) R: Vegan lasagna
Seafood Boils (seasonal offerings):
Boozy watermelon, chia seeds and lime zest:
L: Red Beans & Rice / R: Italian French-a-letta
Philly cheese steak with garlic parmesan fries:
Bill Monroe, the man who invented bluegrass music, finally had an estate sale almost 20 years after his death. I joined WPLN/NPR reporter Blake Farmer and photographed the morning of the event. Read/listen on NPR or read/listen on WPLN, with a few photo gallery extras.
Canceled checks signed by Bill Monroe… electric bills, the IRS, Master Card and the like.
Carly Turner of New Orleans and her purchase – a picture that once hung in Bill Monroe’s den:
I had the chance to photograph a recording session recently in Sheffield, AL and witness David Hood in his natural habitat. Mr. Hood is a charter member of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section / The Swampers, he co-founded the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and fathered a human named Patterson Hood (The Drive By Truckers). He has also played on albums with Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, Simon & Garfunkel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Taylor, Cher, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Buffett, Levon Helm, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, Linda Rondstadt, Steve Cropper, Klaus Voorman, Albert King, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Duane Allman, Glenn Frey, Julian Lennon, Frank Black, Jason Isbell and many others. He’s clearly good at what he does and yes, I’m bragging a little that I got to watch him work in North Alabama… you would, too.
Here are but a few recordings on which David Hood plays bass:
Tell Mama – ETTA JAMES (1967)
I’m Your Puppet – JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY (1967)
I’ll Take You There – THE STAPLES SINGERS (1972)
Kodachrome – PAUL SIMON (1973)
Loves Me Like a Rock – PAUL SIMON (1973)
Thank God For Kids – THE OAK RIDGE BOYS (1982) (a persona fave)
Old Time Rock n’ Roll – BOB SEGAR (1984)
Also in on the session was the talented Dylan LeBlanc, recording a few tracks of his country songwriter-father James LeBlanc.
Here’s what I got:
Dylan LeBlanc (below)
The visually pleasing studio bathroom sink:
Around downtown Sheffield, AL:
If you live in Middle Tennessee and haven’t yet traveled the back roads of Bedford County, do the right thing and pack some Lunchables™ for an afternoon drive. Your Instagram feed with thank you.
Here’s a rather great Normandy, TN (Bedford County) family who’s living the dream in a charming, restored 19th-century farm house.
If you live in Nashville, then you know that traffic is bonkers. And while I’m no historian, I do believe the blame can be squarely laid on 650AM WSM radio.
WSM’s first transmission was on October 5th, 1925 and a few years later, the station constructed their massive radio tower (actually two towers stacked on each other, bottom one inverted… seen below) which allowed a larger audience for it’s radio show ‘The Grand Ole Opry’. As the program’s popularity snowballed, so did the city’s population of musicians and singers. From there, an industry was born and the subsequent 80-something years of musical success in the city is the reason why I’m in standstill traffic in Green Hills at 10:30am on a Tuesday.
I don’t resent them for it, though, and it was a privilege to be invited as the official event photographer for their 90th birthday party. Happy birthday, dear WSM.
A selection from their party/live broadcast/open house at the base of the historic radio tower:
Last month I had the privilege of photographing/devouring a few of Nashville’s most beautiful dishes, thanks to New York Magazine‘s / Grub Street‘s “Most Visually Exciting Dishes in America” project. Beautiful dishes indeed, and made by incredibly gracious chefs. Quite the perkful assignment…
Ruby Red Shrimp, Gem Lettuces, Buttermilk, Herbs by Rolf & Daughters
Asparagus, Woodlands Mountain Ham, Whipped Brown Butter, Caviar, and Toasted Bread Crumbs by Josephine
Little Lemon Cake by Catbird Seat
St. Augustine Golden Crab, Grilled Celeriac, Field Garlic, Spring Herbs by Husk Nashville