Billy Joe Shaver – Southland Ballroom (Raleigh, October 13, 2014)

A lot of singers mellow as they wind down the years, relying on past hits and covers to fill any new album that may come along.  Not so Billy Joe Shaver.  At 75 he’s doing what he’s always done best … Continue reading

Lynda and Pattie – Living Up To Traditions!

Lynda and Pattie are having a busy summer.  They spent a week in June teaching fiddle and songwriting to a lucky group of students at PineCone’s Bluegrass Camp, they’ve been to Nashville, played festivals as far north as Pennsylvania, appeared … Continue reading

Steep Canyon Rangers

I first saw The Steep Canyon Rangers 10 or 11 years ago at a Raleigh festival hosted by Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road.  Though not the headliners they are today,  they impressed the crowd with an up tempo and lively … Continue reading

A Night at the Opera House With Mandolin Orange

I truly believe there are forces in the universe that guide and nurture.  Call it Divine Intervention,  fate or what have you – I’ve learned not to question.  Whatever they be, the Muse of Traditional Music was having a good … Continue reading

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Justin Townes Earl

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Justin Townes Earl ain’t no kid and he ain’t walkin’ in nobody’s shadow!  Watching his show at Southland Ballroom I got the feeling that this guy’s going to get what he wants.  Things are going to be his way, both on and off the stage.  He’s intelligent, witty and engaging and he has the confidence and talent to thrive in the industry.  His “between song patter” is all from the Ego, but when the music starts the ID takes over.  He plays with a style that can’t be taught – straight from the core.  At times it’s hard to tell if Justin Townes Earl is playing the music or if the music is playing Justin Townes Earl!  Maybe he has an old soul.  Maybe Hank Williams and Billy Holiday have taken up residence with his spirit. Maybe he made a deal at a crossroads somewhere.  Whatever.  Rarely do the cosmos align to produce such a talent.  Maybe I’m the luckiest photographer in Raleigh for having experienced it!

Thanks to Southland Ballroom and Marianne Taylor for bringing him to town!

Dave Brainard

Gallery: Justin Townes Earl

All photos by Dave Brainard