Last week, I interviewed JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers. The Songfacts interview will be published shortly, along with a few of my favorite photos from the show at Asheville’s Grey Eagle on February 10, but until then, here are a few of the favorites that didn’t quite make the official article cut. (I’m a writer, not a photographer, so don’t expect too much. I was just fooling around trying to get a few photos to go with my interview.)
This is our first summer in our new place in the country, and it’s even more beautiful than I expected it to be. I love the quiet of it, the wildlife, the way the storms play pinball off the mountains with the thunder, the way every walk down the driveway shows me something new. I wish I could share the smell of the honeysuckle and the berry bushes, and let you listen in on the birds and cows in the morning and the foxes and coyotes late at night, but I can’t, so these photographs will have to do instead.
Last night, Beloved and I caught the Hank and Cupcakes show in the Sol Bar at New Mountain. It was a working date; he was running sound and I was interviewing them, but it was still, as always, a fantastic show. This made the fourth time I’ve seen them in as many years, and every time, they damn near blow the hair off my head with how good they are. I was running on two hours sleep, ready to drop, barely coherent during the interview, kept upright by insane amounts of caffeine and the weight of my Docs on my feet, and as soon as they took the stage I was widefuckingawake and stayed there until they were done. If music is the sonic equivalent of sex, these guys leave your legs shaking and your chest tight and holy fuck, you’d give anything for a glass of water if you could just manage to walk to the kitchen to get it.
Anyway. It was fun, and I took a few pictures, just goofing off with Beloved’s camera. A couple might end up with the official interview once it’s up, but here are some I kept to share with you all here.
And seriously, if you see that these guys are playing anywhere near you, GO.
It’s been one of those days that leaves me stuck for words, tangled up in wishing for a little break from all the sad things going on. So here, again, are some recent photos of sunshiney things and clouds and bugs and other such things that make me slow down and remember that things can be ok in increments, even when the rest of life is not.