Posted in Music, tagged acoustic guitars, gibson j200, guitars, photography, songwriters, steve earle, stock photography, texas, townes van zandt on January 1, 2011 |
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This photo of my beloved 1970′s Gibson J200, converted with the photoshop plugin, fractalius, is to pay tribute to the great American songwriter Townes Van Zandt. On this day in 1997 Townes died. Townes was considered by many to be one of the greatest songwriters ever, if not the greatest. I had the opportunity to see Townes play on a number of occasions and through friends in Nashville, met the man twice. Throughout his performances he would often share silly jokes, guaranteed to fill the hall with laughter. In his performances, he would also play a cover song or two by Hank Williams or the great Texas bluesman Lightning Hopkins. I’ve heard it said that Townes spent his summers in the Colorado wilderness with his horse Amigo and his summers down in Texas. Townes’ songs flow, flawlessly, as if he pulled them out of the sky while they floated by. “Sky Songs” I believe he once called them. His timeless music follows me on every road trip I take.
Please click here for Townes singing “Pancho & Lefty”, one of his most popular songs, and here for Steve Earle’s “Fort Worth Blues” which was written for Townes when he died. If you ever have a chance, check out the DVD “Be Here To Love Me Today” about the life and times of this true great Texas songwriter, it is superb.
Here’s to Townes!
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This will most likely be my last post for about 2 weeks. In a day or two I will begin meandering around Ontario to capture some fresh images. The above image was literally taken right at the end of my driveway on a cool summer morning. The image below was captured on Highway 129 in the Algoma Highlands north of Thessalon, Ontario. It is an old slide image, shot on Fuji Velvia 50, recently scanned and tweaked a little with Nik Software’s Viveza.
When hitting the road, I find a selection of great music always makes the miles roll by a little easier. Along for the ride this time will be the latest offering by the world’s greatest country band ever, Jason and the Scorchers Their new record “Halcyon Times” also has a special guest appearance by Dan Baird You may remember Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites. When the Georgia Satellites folded Dan Baird released a solo record “Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired” which is one of my all time favorites. Check out his new band Homemade Sin. Dan Baird and Jason Ringenberg are both great songwriters that have stood the test of time. I will also take along a selection of John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, The Ramones, The Pogues and the Scorpions “Sting in the Tail” record (hey, its my 3 year old daughter’s favorite band).
See you soon!
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As photographers, I find it interesting that we have arrived here from many different walks of life. While I have always been fascinated with nature, initially I wanted to be a singer/songwriter. I would spend countless hours composing songs and recording demos. I would travel to Nashville, Tennessee on numerous occasions while chasing my dream and was pleased to meet three fine songwriters; Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle in the process. A fellow songwriter from those days, Stacey Earle, regularly performs around North America and Europe and has produced several inspirational albums.
Eventually, I decided to shift gears in pursuit of photographing all that inspires me in nature. The photographs (adjusted with Nik Software plugins) in this post are of my 1970′s Gibson J200 that was purchased from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. Anyone interested in great vintage instruments should check out Gruhn Guitars
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