The Pier. Not sure it will be here next time I’m in town. (at Vinoy Park)
Mom with her new earrings and necklace made by Robyn! (at Crescent Lake Neighborhood)
Mothers Day record shopping purchases, a Spiller CD the @superchunk RSD single! (at Daddy Kool Records)
Mother’s Day herb shopping! (at Dolin’s Garden Center)
Home on the hill. (at The Garden Walk Bed and Breakfast Inn)
Point Park (at Point Park)
Sublime Doughnut dessert! (at Cypress Street Pint & Plate)
Last Thursday night I performed at Smith’s Olde Bar with 8 other amazing singer-songwriters, largely based here in the Atlanta area as part of the We are the 9 Songwriters Showcase. This is a relatively new monthly showcase here in town, pioneered by Justin Trawick and hosted by Juliana Finch, in which you take 9 songwriters, let them collaborate with a buch of people they just met and then throw them on stage to play around 30 tunes in front of a fun groups of friends and fans.
The nervous energy just bubbles because of the nature of the event, and the folks in the audience seem to get just a tweaked and excited to be a part of it as the musicians are. There’s tons of telegraphed body movements signaling the next chorus and eyes peering over guitar necks to determine chord changes, which only only adds to the fun and nervous energy. Plenty of smiles, backslapping and hi-fives we’re on display.
For this shoot I used my Nikon D90 and my 70mm-200mm f/2.8 lens. The room is constantly pretty dark so I cranked the ISO up higher than I’d like, but I don’t mind the shots being a little gritty at times.
Really looking forward to shooting the next one in June. Check the Smith’s website for the dates!
Turns out the Good Graces are big in Calgary. Fire up the tour bus! Thanks to the CJSW crew for spinning our new record. We’re #23 with a bullet! (I added the bit about the bullet.)
Seriously though, how cool is that?
Jeffry Butzer played a fantastic mix of surf and garage, but lights be dammed he faced the drummer for most of the set towards the dark area on stage.
Next up with Night Driving in Small Towns, which I have to admit, I have an unhealthy songwriter crush on. Colby and Andi write the most heartbreaking lyrics and pare with a sunny beat that just melts my heart. Dang it you guys! They played a great mix of songs from their two main records Serial Killer, and their latest, Closure.
I briefly stepped backstage to tuneup when they kicked into my absolute favorite tune, February.
“i can hear my upstairs neighbor putting down a crying baby everybody starts a family i can’t even pay my heating”
That line just slays me everytime. Andi stood in the good light, and many pictures were taken.
The Good Graces were up next so the camera was handed off to Robyn. Giant lens in hand she shot the Good Graces for me. I do believe she’s getting good at this!
This was the first time I had a chance to shoot at the Drunken Unicorn with my Nikon D90 and my new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and it did not disappoint as long as people were standing in the light!