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

A Christmas Tribute to Cash and Cline

A rare seated show at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom packed in a crowd ranging from 18 to 80 to see a tribute to 2 Country Music legends.  Canady Thomas, backed by Allyn Love’s masterful guitar and Roger Gupton’s solid bass covered … 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

Turnpike Troubadours

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.  … Continue reading