Stranger Things & A Smile For Days Gone By.

Everyone who watched Season 3 of Stranger Things I’m sure had their own nostalgic reactions. It’s an absolutely beautiful and well done series. Looking back, remembering the absolute best of our childhoods. Jumping on your bike and finding the other kids around town to play basketball. Riding in the far back of the vehicle, the one with no seats or seatbelt. I think we all experienced the ‘keep the door open’ rule. smiles

Stranger Things has also been special to many of us around Atlanta since the series is filmed here.

The sentimentality of time gone by was powerful this season. Not so much a longing for the past. I’m right where I belong and couldn’t be happier. No desire to go back and do it again. It’s something I feel inside. Mostly recalling or conjuring of mental images from my past. That feeling of joy from life gone by. A somatic empathy for the characters and their relationship’s with one another. All those people and moments that uncontrollably made a smile come to my face.

It wasn’t a desire of how I wished things had gone or for things to change. Just a smile of memories from days gone by. A smile and a hope that my friend is doing well.

This was back in college before the iphone even existed. El’s likeness brought me to think of a wonderful friend. For a time, she was certainly very dear to me. Here’s a picture so you know what I mean. Tiffany on the left, Millie Bobby Brown (who played El) on the right. I believe Tiffany was 19 and I was 20 in these photos.
*I also just realized MBB is 15 years old. She wasn’t even born yet when I took these pictures of my friend… 15 years ago. This life slips by us faster than we ever realize.

And yes, I can certainly appreciate the irony of a photography major with only blurry images. 😉

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Spencer Bohren passes away

I met Spencer several years ago in Silverhill, Alabama. A small, one red light town, where he was performing at Blue Moon Farm with a handful of other musicians in the round. Each musician would play one of their songs while the others harmonized or added their own little melodic bits.

The farm has been a special place to a lot of people. Everyone who came would add money to the hat for the musicians to split. They’d bring a potluck dish, a lawn chair, and a cooler.

I was fortunate enough to record several of these shows over a year, including a couple with Spencer. His performances were nothing short of hauntingly magical.

Spencer Bohren vinyl. “Hey Chris… STAY OUTA JAIL”

He was always kinda and genuine. A soul that can never be replaced. He passes away June 8th, 2019 in New Orleans.

Night Is Falling
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Music legend Dr. John passes away

One of the first concerts I photographed professionally was the 2008 new years concert of Dr. John at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, Alabama. This was 6 months after graduating college. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph and film a lot of amazing music since this.

Dr John. passed away June 6, 2019 of heart attack. He was 77 years old. Through his extensive musical career he won 6 grammy awards. Rock and Roll hall of fame. 30 studio albums and 9 live albums. One of his most well known songs was Right Place, Wrong Time.

Going back looking at photos of this show from almost 12 years ago. I spotted this gem too. Kristy Lee, another amazing musician. I think she played an opening set? Keep an eye out for her, she plays here in Atlanta time to time too.

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The Death of THE Wookiee

April 30th, 2019 was the last day on earth for the one and only original Wookiee. Peter Mayhew was best known as the actor who played Chewbacca in five Star Wars films. The original trilogy (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mayhew died of a heart attack at his home in Boyd, Texas at age 74.

Lucas said Mayhew was “the closest any human being could be to a wookiee: big heart, gentle nature and I learnt to always let him win”

I’ve had the opportunity to meet the wookiee on a few occasions. He was always a very kind individual. In this image I snapped in 2008, we see Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), a daydreaming wookiee Peter Mayher, and on the end a rare convention appearance of David Prowse (Darth Vader).

This is particularly special because Jeremy Bulloch doesn’t attend large conventions like this anymore, and David Prowse doesn’t attend (nor sign) anything.

I backed a kickstarter project back in 2013 for an individual who was documenting the life of Peter Mayhew, particularly surrounding the time of Peters knee replacements so he could appear in the new Star Wars movies. I backed “ART FROM SCOTT HARBEN 11″ x 17″ Metallic print drawn exclusively for our Kickstarter by Scott Harben (Lucasfilm Artist,) signed by him and Peter. Limited to only 10 prints!”
It took nearly 6 years for this artwork to make it to my door. It’s a pretty neat piece of work with a special story. I like to think of it as “The last battle of the wookiee”. RIP Peter Mayhew.

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Radney Foster in Atlanta

Radney Foster played a gig in Atlanta a couple months back. Musical legend doesn’t begin to describe this man. He’s one of a kind and I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him and to record one of his sets.

It was a bit daunting. I originally came to record Eric Erdman’s set as he opened for Radney. Eric is another amazing artist I’m lucky enough to call my friend. (Find his album on his site: Between the time I was able to get access to the room and the beginning of Erics set, I had a whopping total of about 15  minutes to sling all my gear out, get an audio feed, and start recording. Before Radney come on, I was able to ambush him in the green room and ask if I could also record his set. He was gracious enough to not have security escort me out, and agreed to let me film!

Below are a couple pieces from Radney’s set. The first being a reading that is guaranteed to have you laughing, smiling, and crying all in a 12 minute story. Short of a Mike Rowe narration, this is one of the best readings I’ve ever heard. It’s called “Bridge Club” from the collection of Radneys book “For You To See The Stars”.

The second one I’m able to officially release is a reading and the accompanying song, both titled “Sycamore Creek”.

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Nick Branch @ the Frog Pond

Last week while going through video of CJ Watson, I cut together a couple songs by Nick Branch as well. Another amazing musical talent and great guy.

CJ was such a guitar beast, check out his fun addition playing his guitar behind his head in this video!

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The world is a little quieter and a little sadder with the loss of this extraordinary musician.

CJ Watson was an amazing musician, absolutely amazing, and the world is a little quiter and a little sadder without his voice.

I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful artist a few years ago. He was kind, warm, and genuinely brought a smile to every ones face. I was fortunate enough to record a few of his songs during a performance at The Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. On stage we had Sergio Webb, Randall Bramblett, Beverly Jo Scott, Nick Branch, CJ Watson, and Jeff Gilkinson

I can’t help but chuckle when I think about him singing “I Found Jesus”

Devil Prayed For Mercy

More To Love

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Abe Partridge ~ The Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Killing Floor Blues

Abe Partridge is a variety of music I don’t think I’ve heard anywhere else before… and I like it!

I was down in Mobile, Alabama a couple months ago and had the opportunity to film Abe playing an opening set at The Steeple. If you want someone with an interesting life story, this is your guy. I’ve got a couple songs that Abe was gracious enough to let me release. Here’s the first of those. “The Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Killing Floor Blues”.

Love In The Dark

Abe Ptraidge’s 403 Freakout

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