Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Welcome, George King

Yesterday, my cousin Paul and his wife Danielle gave birth to their first son. They've named him George, after our grandfather. Some of you know how much my grandfather influenced my life, and still does. In the middle of this uncertain world, I take heart in knowing that there is another George King in the family, and that he has an amazing life ahead of him. Welcome to the world, George. First drink at the Town Pump is on me. Someday.

-Daniel
June 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

RIP Terry Quirk

RIP Terry Quirk. Thank you both for all the music and moments. Be good to somebody today. Peace to all, and hold on the dream. See you there, and see you on the road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XOd6Uajh-4

-Daniel
June 2, 2020

RIP Jimmy Capps

Jimmy Capps
NC Music Hall Of Fame
Kannapolis, NC
October, 2014
Photo copyright 2014 Daniel Coston
Thank you, sir.

-Daniel
June 2, 2020

Bunnies In My Yard, Charlotte, NC, May 26, 2020

Bunnies In My Yard
Charlotte, NC
May 26, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston










-Daniel
June 2, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Sam Tayloe Livestream Photos, Charlotte, NC, May 31, 2020

Sam Tayloe
FB Livestream
Charlotte, NC
May 31, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston






-Daniel
June 1, 2020

Randy Clay Band, Scallywag's, Badin Lake, NC, May 31, 2020

Randy Clay Band
Scallywags
Badin Lake, NC
May 31, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston
















-Daniel
June 1, 2020

The Last Days Of The Double Door Inn

As I photographed the last few nights of the Double Door Inn, as 2016 turned into 2017, I realized that the photos were becoming its own project. The story of the venue, which I would write again later in 2017, were one thing. The photos were telling their own story, which is now collected in The Last Days Of The Double Door Inn.

The familiar spaces and faces. All of the character that we knew so well. The music, and the good times. No need for words, it's all there. I intended to put this book together in 2018, but life got in the way, until life for most of us came to a halt earlier this year.

While it is strange for me to release this book in the middle of so much turmoil, perhaps it shouldn't be. For many of us, the Double Door was the place that the world needs more than ever. No lines, no division, just people, laughter, music and fun. We all could use our own Double Door Inn right now. Let us celebrate the past, and remember that a dream lives on, as long as there are those that are willing to dream of it.

Welcome back to the Double Door Inn.


-Daniel
June 1, 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday Events

Sunday, photos, music and looking out over Badin Lake at Scallywags Restaurant. Drove back to Charlotte via Monroe, listening to Big Band music. Then, over to Sam Tayloe's house for photos of his FB live show. Ah, photography, travel and music. I remember it well. Oh, and my Last Days Of The Double Door Inn photo book is now available. Here's the link, but more tomorrow. Love to all. Peace, my friends. See you there, and see you on the road.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999101927?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

-Daniel
May 31, 2020

My New Book, The Last Days Of The Double Door Inn, Is Now Available!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999101927?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860 

More soon, thank you all,

-Daniel
May 31, 2020

Peace

Live it, enjoy it, share it.

Imagine, it's easy if you try.

-Daniel
May 31, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

When It Rains, It Pours Books

Remember that writing burst I had last week? Well, it just kept going. In the last week, interviewed Russ Giguere of the Association for a magazine article, put together a book of photos from the last days of The Double Door Inn, and wrote 58, count 'em, 58 essays for another possible book project. So yes, three books in one week. Wow, and whoa.

And yes, I just announced that I'm releasing a book of photos of the Double Door from its final shows. Updates and links coming soon.

How is everyone? Miss you all. Stay healthy out there, and see you on the road.

-Daniel
May 28, 2020

Mike & The Ravens Interview, Big Takeover Magazine, 2012

“Logistics, mostly,” replies noted writer, producer and musician Will Shade, when asked why Pillar To Post, the new album from Mike & The Ravens, will be their last, after 50 years together. “Getting all six of us in one place for an extended amount of time has become very difficult. Especially since we rehearse, arrange and record in the studio. The band does not rehearse ahead of time. [Guitarist] Steve [Blodgett] might bring in some demos that he’s written beforehand, but the band learns the songs and arranges them in the studio, and finally records them. This takes months, which entails both [vocalist] Mike [Brassard] and I leaving our respective homes for up to half a year!” 

Formed in Pennsylvania in 1960, Mike & The Ravens put together a raucous sound that pre-dated garage rock and punk by half a decade. Their adherence to all-original material caught the ears of fans throughout the Northeast US area. After breaking up in 1962, the band did not reconvene until Shade put them back together some forty years later. “I found a live tape of them playing at Rollerland in 1962,” remembers Shade. “They sounded like an R&B Ramones. They played fast as hell. They didn’t so much perform songs, as get them over with. I told them that’s what I wanted.”

When asked how the band has been able to do this again with the original lineup, Shade responds, “Through sheer good luck! And since most of them abandoned music, they didn’t succumb to the clich├ęs, like drug and drink. They formed when Eisenhower was still President!” 

For their new album, “The band was far tighter then they’d been when they got back to record their first album, Noisy Boys! The Saxony Sessions, in 2006,” adds Shade. “For that album, some of the members hadn’t touched their instruments in decades. Not only were they up to running speed on this album, they also knew what was expected of them.

When asked to describe the band, founding member Steve Blodgett responds, “Lots of pent-up energy and frustration. A total of 320-plus years. Everyone likes to joke around. The line between joking around, and rock and roll is pretty thin. We know each other very well.”  

More records from the individual bandmembers are in the works, adds Shade. “It’s been a real sonic adventure and spiritual odyssey. I used to be frightened of aging. But I remember standing in the studio with Mike. We were listening to the Johnny Burnette Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, and both of us were jumping up and down, playing air guitar. I wasn’t a guy in my 30s, and Mike wasn’t a guy in his 60s. We were both teens being transported by the spirit of music. I see guys out in the studio working harder and longer hours than any 20-year-olds I’ve seen. I’m absolutely in awe of their willingness to jump off a cliff, with no idea where they’re going to land.”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

David Childers Photos, Mount Holly, NC, May 2, 2020

David Childers
Home concert
Mount Holly, NC
May 2, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston

























-Daniel
May 24, 2020