At The Birchmere: Sam Bush and Del McCoury

19 11 2012

My friend Nancy and I had a great time at The Birchmere in Alexandria last night and I had a great vantage point to get these shots of legendary bluegrass musicians Del McCoury and Sam Bush. We’re usually seated mid-way back in the venue but this time we got spots to the right of the stage, not more than 20 feet away from the performers!

Nancy Dunham is a freelancer writer/editor and was covering the performance for a music publication. Thanks to Nancy’s generous invites, I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing and meeting Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on August 15 (see photos here) as well as John Hiatt on Sept. 21 (see photos here) and Kathy Mattea on September 26 (see photos here), both performing at The Birchmere.

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A night at the Grand Ole Opry

10 11 2008

I was archiving and quadruple backing up my digital photos this past weekend and came across images I shot in Nashville last fall. Michael and I were there in October 2007 to photograph a client’s convention (International Municipal Lawyers Association).

We had an evening free and Michael bought tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, which was actually held at its original home, The Ryman Auditorium. We lucked out because that night’s great roster included Opry staples—Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, ‘Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Del McCoury Band, and Jack Greene; and contemporary talent—Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, and Restless Heart.

We had a great time and it was neat to see some of the older talent that I grew up listening to (Mom and Dad are long-time country music fans). I particularly enjoyed Bill Anderson’s performance because I remember hearing his songs while I was growing up. He has definitely aged well. And they don’t call Little Jimmy Dickens little for nothing! He was a tiny bundle, singing and tossing out jokes, clad in a purple rhinestone suit and huge white cowboy hat.

The Grand Ole Opry show is sponsored by Cracker Barrel and Martha White and airs on the radio as well. (I think we must have heard the words, “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store,” about 200 times that evening. That, and, “mmmm….mmmm (followed by a description of something edible, which just made us hungry. Here’s an idea: serve those “buttery good buttermilk biscuits” during the performance…just a thought).

I used a long lens and set the ISO of my “film” to about 800 and got some pretty decent images, even from our almost-in-the-nosebleed section seats! After the show, Michael and I walked down Music Row and ran into Jack Greene, whom we recognized from the show (how could we miss him in his rhinestone jacket?). He graciously signed an autograph for Michael.

The Hearing Loss Association‘s Conference 2009 is being held in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, and I most likely will photograph the conference for them. The speaker for the Opening Session is Vint Cerf, Ph.D., widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet.” The hotel is amazing (we popped in to see it while we were down there). It has nine acres of indoor gardens, waterfalls, and an indoor river with a Delta flatboat!

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