Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach, the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys. ©Ed Rode

Listening to The Arcs this morning! They are an American garage rock band formed by Dan Auerbach, the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys. I shot this image a couple years back at one of their performances. #thearcs #rocknrollstyle #danauerbach #nashville #livemusicphotography #concertphotos #songwriter

RIP Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver
Billy Joe Shaver standing on the cliff where he was inspired to write “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal”. Photo © Ed Rode

More terrible news for 2020. Legendary songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has passed from a stroke.

Was lucky to spend some time with him over the years. He was one of the first songwriters to join my songwriter essay project back in the early 90’s.

Best known as the songwriter of Waylon Jennings’ 1973 album ‘Honky Tonk Heroes, Billy Joe enjoyed a long and tumultuous career. Willie Nelson called him “the greatest living songwriter.” You can receive no higher praise in my book!

Here is a portrait I shot of him standing on the cliff where he was going to commit suicide before a lucky strike of lightning nearby brought him to his knees. He then wrote the first lines to one of his greatest hits “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal”.

“Hey I’m just an old chunk of coal but I’m gonna be a diamond some day
I’m gonna grow and glow till I’m so blue pure perfect
I’m gonna put a smile on everybody’s face
I’m gonna kneel and pray every day last I should become vain along the way”.

Happy Birthday Kix!

Happy birthday to my old buddy Kix Brooks! I always loved the energy he brought to the stage. This is one of my favorite photos of him. #brooksanddunn #countrymusic #nashville #concertphotography #kixbrooks @kixbrooks

I spent a little time on tour with them in the early 2000’s. This is one of my faves. Photo © Ed Rode
Ronnie and Kix down in the Texas desert. Photo © Ed Rode

Tiger Woods!

Tiger Woods Portrait © Ed Rode
Tiger Woods Portrait © Ed Rode

Watched the CBS rerun of last years Masters win by Tiger Woods Sunday. Still moving. Prob the best sports comeback of all time. I dredged up a couple of my Tiger shots. #tigerwoods #golf #goat #portraitstream #portrait_shots

One of the prettiest swings of all time. © Ed Rode

John Prine

John Prine shooting pool at the Melrose Billiards. Photo: Ed Rode
John Prine shooting pool at the Melrose Billiards. Photo: © Ed Rode

Just heartbroken over the passing of the legendary songwriter John Prine. I remember our first photo shoot together, at the Melrose Billiards in Nashville. Not many folks knew he was quite the snooker player. I grew up playing snooker in my grandfathers basement. We bonded pretty quickly.

Cigarette in hand he methodically cleaned my clock. Lesson learned. Godspeed JP.

John Prine Photo: © Ed Rode
John Prine
Photo: © Ed Rode
My last portrait of John Prine, taken in 2019. Photo: © Ed Rode
My last portrait of John Prine, taken in 2019. Photo: © Ed Rode

Kenny Rogers

So saddened to hear of the passing of Kenny Rogers. We became friends over the years and used to have wonderful conversations about portrait photography. Not many folks know he was a talented lensman himself. Goodbye old friend!

#kennyrogers #portraitphotography #countrymusic #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite