I was very excited to have a lengthy review and photo essay published in Mother Jones covering the Americana Festival in Nashville (The Romney Tapes went live the day after I confirmed the assignment!) This is the first time I’ve written a long-form (ish) piece about music, and it’s probably harder than making the pictures, certainly more nerve-wracking to see it published. Anyway, I’m proud of it and pleased to see it given a great editorial home, and also expose new people to the amazing music that I experienced at the Americana Music Festival.
There was so much to see that many of my favorite images didn’t make it to publication, so here’s a more personal look at what I heard and saw. -JB
The Ryman Auditorium, lit for a TV broadcast.
Shovels and Rope, Grimey’s Basement
Mary Gauthier, Station Inn
Mike Mills sings “The Songs of Big Star”
Orchestra, “Songs of Big Star”
Robert Ellis, Cannery Ballroom
Buxton, Grimey’s Basement
Luella and The Sun, Americanarama V at Grimey’s
Chris Masterson of the Mastersons, Americanarama V at Grimey’s
Kinky Friedman, The High Watt
Rodney Crowell and Band, Station Inn
“No Parking” at the Station Inn
Tags: Americana, Americana Music Festival, Americanarama, Big Star, Buxton, Chris Stamey, Grimey's, Kinky Friedman, Mary Gauthier, Mastersons, Mike Mills, Mother Jones, New West, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Ryman Auditorium, Shovels and Rope, Station Inn