Photo credit: Dave Brainard
A sold out ballroom, hard drivin’ Red Dirt Americana and a PBR tall-boy crowd can only mean Turnpike Troubadours are back in town. Their 2nd gig in Raleigh was as fine as the first, packing The Southland Ballroom to capacity. Kicking off with Every Girl, jumping right into Gin and Smoke and Lies, they kept the house rockin’ and the beers flowing all night long. Thanks to Southland Ballroom and Marianne Taylor for bringing them back to town!
American Aquarium’s B.J. Barham opened the show with a solo acoustic set filled with humor and wit and the most depressing (his description, not mine) songs you’ve ever loved!
Gallery: Turnpike Troubadours Gallery: B.J. Barham
All photos: Dave Brainard
Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road kick off the 2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Dave Brainard
The news it out – Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road have the top spot on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart – for the third week in a row! I certainly want to add my congratulations to the mix, but more than that I’d like to say thanks. I’ve followed Carolina Road for a good while now and they’ve introduced me to some amazing talent and musicians. I first ran across Lorraine some years ago at an indoor festival she sponsored in Raleigh. The line up that weekend was amazing with IIIrd Thyme Out and Rhonda Vincent among the headliners. It was there that I first saw (a very young) Steep Canyon Rangers and met Jan Johansson. It was at a Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road show at the old Six String Cafe that I first heard Josh Goforth play the fiddle. The list goes on . . .. So, congratulations again, Lorraine, but more importantly, thanks, for leading me down musical paths I may not have traveled on my own! Appreciate ya!
When I finally made the decision the publish a blog, I thought long and hard about what content to choose to populate the page. As a photographer, I have a sizable archive of shows to choose from. Then I decided not to use any of it. I want this to be about going forward. Before going on though, I’d like to give a few shoutouts. Thanks to Tom Bishop, owner of Autosport Gallery, Jamie Katz, the Communications and Programs Manager for PineCone, Jim Carson, Editor at Late Model Digest, Marianne Taylor, the Triangle area’s Empress of Americana and promoter extraordinaire, Raleigh Music Industry and Judy McDonough, publicist for the IBMA and Merlefest. These folks and organizations gave me work, access and outlets for my photography. Without them I wouldn’t be here. Thanks to all!
I plan to use this space to review shows, interview prominent local musicians and showcase photographers. Here’s to the future – Check back often to see where it takes us!
I’m a photographer in Raleigh, NC. I enjoy all types of photography but tend to gravitate towards music and concerts – specifically Bluegrass and Americana artists who play the Raleigh-Durham area. While shooting the IBMA World of Bluegrass in September, I had the opportunity to sit in on a business meeting where the topic was how better promote the Bluegrass genre. The discussion turned to bridging the gap between Bluegrass and Americana music. I believe that (at least in the Raleigh area) there is a very short bridge to span and the two genres can coexist and blend and still maintain their traditions and integrity. There are those who believe the gap should be maintained and that Bluegrass/Americana must remain pure. I believe they will. There will always be traditionalists to maintain the standards, but music must evolve. There’s room in my heart for it all, and I’ll cover the traditional and the evolutionary. Let the games begin.