2015 Music Recap w/ Favorite Photos


In 2015, John Brandon of San Fermin, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Colm Querney, Kellindo Parker (who plays with Janelle Monáe) and Al Kooper (who plays with Bob Dylan) were among some of the musicians I photographed who sent me personal messages to let me know they appreciate my work. It’s a great feeling to have the artists themselves find your work. And though I didn’t hear from her, even Mariah Carey probably saw my work on the Village Voice.

One up and coming band, Secret Weapons, found my photos and reached out, inviting me to come check out their show. After seeing them a few times and getting to know Danny and Gerry, it was great to hear they signed to a label before the year was out. Congrats fellas.

In the same period, I’ve gotten my work published (even if it was just once) in more places, including in and on Noisey, Pancakes & Whiskey, Fangoria, ReverbNation, Rockin’ On, Open Ears, the Sundance Institute and who knows where else.

It helps that I’ve been seeing a lot of music. Although I don’t have an auditor, I try to keep track of what I’ve seen in a year. Returning to the Newport Folk Festival and seeing a ton of great music in Fort Adams State Park was one of the highlights. I look forward to going again in 2016.


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The Lone Bellow on WNYC’s Soundcheck



Earlier this week, during my lunch break, I went down to The Greene Space for WNYC’s Soundcheck show featuring New York-via the South-band The Lone Bellow conversing with host John Schaefer and performing songs from their new album Then Came the Morning. The album from Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist and Kanene Doheney Pipkin is a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of The National and was produced by Peter Katis. It was released in January on Descendent Records and has a solid 77 at Metacritic. The trio will be performing at some festivals this summer including a couple of my favorites, the Clearwater Festival in New York and the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. I hope to catch one of their full sets soon as the WNYC set was just a few songs long. Video of that performance and a few more of my photos are after the jump.


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