Shawn Mullins at 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, Tn – Review

Shawn Mullins at 3rd and Lindsley - Nashville, Tn - Review

What an amazing voice! Shawn Mullins voice sounds the same singing into an sm-58 at 3rd and Lindsley as it does on his albums… perfect! He has one of the purest rock voices I’ve ever heard. It was surprising to see him without Clay Cook, Clay plays most shows with Shawn as I understood it, but this turned out to be a special treat. Shawn is truly a professional and captivated the entire venue. Everyone in the place got to know him and the songs a little better. I just can’t get over how good his voice sounded!

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Mattoon, IL – A Darker Persepective

Mattoon, IL - A Darker Persepective

Not indicative of the town itself, here are some of the eye sores (and a few that don’t hurt) in Mattoon, IL. Taken on Easter Sunday Morning.

The BBQ Hut - Mattoon, IL

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Blind Melon – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN – Review

Blind Melon - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN - Review

To put it mildly… I was skeptical. I have been a die hard Blind Melon fan since early high school and I honestly believed that Shannon Hoon could not be replaced. Perhaps he never truly will be, but Travis Warren, the band’s new singer, was amazing last night in Nashville.

These songs are too good not to be played and I’m not sure there can be anyone better to sing them than Travis Warren. This guy can sing! His voice filled the Cannery Ballroom with ease and carried these (notably hard to sing) songs like a pro.

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Secret Chiefs 3 – Nashville, TN – City Hall

Secret Chiefs 3 - Nashville,  TN - City Hall

Secret Chiefs 3 – the opener for the Les Claypool Fancy Band… very strange, very cool! No one does music like this band. Nobody.  Got this shot with my Contax Zeiss 135mm f/2.8 lens.

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It’s nearly impossible to define what this band sounded like.  Parts were extremely heavy, resembling death or black metal.  The addition of 2 violins and a sitar made things very interesting.  Dark melodies and rhythm pounded through City Hall, it was quite a show!

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Les Claypool at City Hall – Nashville

Les Claypool at City Hall - Nashville

The Les Claypool show in Nashville was amazing! The man is a genius. He makes playing the bass look effortless. They made us turn the cameras off right before the costumes came out, but I managed to get a few shots. He changed into a few different masks throughout the rest of the night. The monkey mask scared my girlfriend a little bit. That was when he came out during the percussion solo and played this crazy stick with a bass string on it with some sort of whammy bar up top… anyway, it’s the instrument he used on the south park song, one of his own creations. Kinda creepy the way he burst onto the stage during the percussion solos and busted out this freaky instrument in a monkey mask. Awesome, nonetheless!!!

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Beautification Nashville

Beautification Nashville

Priceless shot Amanda and I discovered while driving through some of the less traveled parts of downtown Nashville.

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Percy Priest Lake – Lovers Sitting on the Rocks

Percy Priest Lake - Nashville,  TN

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Tennessee State Capitol Building – Downtown Nashville, TN

Tennessee State Capitol Building - Downtown Nashville, TN

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Yonder Mountain String Band – City Hall – Nashville, TN

Yonder Mountain String Band - City Hall - Nashville, TN

The Yonder Mountain String Band — City Hall in Nashville, TN. February 22, 2008

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