Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Photos From Last Saturday's Beach Boys Concert In Boone, NC


July 22, 2015

Tour Dates For Upcoming Martin Stephenson Return To The US (tour put together by yours truly)

Sept. 2nd- Barm Jam, Charleston, SC with Danielle Howle
Sept. 3rd- Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Sept. 4th- Catawba Coffeehouse, Mt Holly, NC, with David Childers
Sept. 5th- Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, VA (Martin will be attending, and hopefully playing)

Spread the word,
July 21, 2015

Bobby Richardson Photos, Charlotte, NC, July 19, 2015

Bobby Richardson
NY Yankees Great
Charlotte Knights game
Charlotte, NC
July 19, 2015
all photos 2015 Daniel Coston

July 21, 2015

Lee Sexton and Hello Stranger Photos

Lee Sexton
Hello Stranger, featuring Dale Jett
Swannanoa Gathering
Swannanoa, NC
July 20 and 21st, 2015
all photos 2015 Daniel Coston

July 21, 2015

New DVD Featuring My Photo(s)

Underhill Rose's new DVD, featuring my photo on the cover. Go to www.underhillrose.com for more info.
July 21, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

One More Old Dragon Laid To Rest

Hello All-

Some of you may have read in other places that for a long time, I've been emotionally unable to look back at my 1999 photos of Elliott Smith, and have them scanned and preserved. There's a myriad of reasons for that. Elliott was an amazing singer and songwriter, and above all else, a nice, quiet and shy man that did not deserve the way that he is now remembered. No matter what you, or I think happened.

Two nights ago, while I was working on other projects, I decided to turn on my film scanner. While I scanned all of Elliott's photos, I worked elsewhere on other projects. Why didn't I think of this sooner,  you ask? Good question. Maybe I just wasn't ready to. In looking through the folder of photos, I realized that it also contained a remarkable series of photos that I did in 2003 with Vic Chesnutt. At some point, I thought that I should work on both sets of photos, put them together, and forgot about it. Now, they're both preserved digitally. Finally.

Some people spent years, or lifetimes checking off their "I really should" wishes on their to-do list. I've had a few, but they've taken some time to check them off. But now, that list is nearly finished. What's next? We'll see. All we can do in the long run, hopefully, is to keep checking off said boxes, and move to another adventure.

Here's to further adventures.
July 8, 2015

Happy Birthday David Pasquale

Hello All-

So I'm in Swannanoa, NC yesterday and listening to Tom Paxton do a lunchtime show. He closed his show by playing "Rambling Boy". The song made me think of my travels, and of my childhood friend David Pasquale, whom I wrote about at this time last year. I then realized that today (July 8th) would have been David's birthday. It's a good thing that I had a camera in front of my face, because it hid the sight of me getting choked up.

Happy birthday David, wherever you are, from one rambling boy to another. Safe travels, and see you all on the road.
July 8, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Jefferson Hart: Of Music And Baseball

For many years, Jefferson Hart has been involved in a number of bands in the Triangle area, and stays busy with a number of projects. However, if you’re a friend of his on Facebook, music is something that you don’t hear about very often. What you’re more likely to hear about is Hart’s other passion, baseball. Specifically the Baltimore Orioles, and baseball history. As a longtime baseball fan, collector and historian, and former ballplayer and sportswriter, seeing Hart’s posts is a wonderful rarity. A music fan that also follows baseball, who knows who Brooks Robinson and Dave Davies are, and holds them with equal regard. 

With the Orioles and Yankees (my longtime favorite team- yes, I know, nobody’s perfect) currently fighting for the lead in the American League East, it seemed like a good thing to ask some questions to Jeff about baseball, and where the two interests meet.

Daniel Coston: When did you first get into baseball?

Jeff Hart: I remember first playing in a horse pasture when I was about 6. From there, it was backyard ball with neighborhood boys who were old enough to already be in organized leagues. First World Series I really paid attention to was the '69 one. O's vs. Mets. At first, I was thinking I'd pull for the Mets as I liked their uniforms and hats, but the kids across the street made a good case for the O's (the two Robinsons and Boog, etc.), so I went that way.

Coston: Which team did you first root for?

Hart: Orioles from '69 onward.

Coston: Did you play Little League baseball? High school? College?

Hart: I played from age 10 to age 18. That included high school in Garner all three years. We beat a Charlotte team in '78 for the State title at Crockett Park for the State 4A Championship.

Coston: What came first, baseball, or music?

Hart: Baseball came first, but I was always a radio listener. I got 45s for Christmas from about age 9 to 13. A a great era for music, circa '70 to '74.

Coston: Growing up, did you feel any pressure from friends to be into either baseball, or music? Instead of both?

Hart: Was never any pressure. I just followed my heart. I was convinced I'd be a major leaguer until my senior year in high school. I was benched for a power hitting 2B guy and it broke my spirit. Had I sought out more advice, I really should have tried to walk on with a college or try out for some minor league team. From there, I turned immediately to music as my real #1 passion. Baseball is still close behind, but there was a decade or so that I let the game go.

Coston: How often do you follow baseball, and the Orioles these days?

Hart: Every day. I have satellite TV purely so I can see the O's on MASN each night. And I read the blogs every day of the off season.

Coston: What music are you working on these days?

Hart: Mainly playing live with my band (Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts of the Old North State) and Sad Magazine (I'm on bass). Kinksmen play about twice a year. Danny Gotham and I do have a baseball themed cd in the works. May be out by the playoffs.

Coston: Do you find that some people are surprised that you’re a big fan of music, and baseball? 

Hart: I think they're surprised I love the O's. I'm such a fan that people often assume I'm from there since in NC, it's been mostly Braves and Yankee fandom dominating in my youth.

Coston: What has been your favorite baseball and music crossover?

Hart: Not sure if I can really name any other than having friends in music who are big, big baseball fans. The Baseball Project may need another listen from me, but it didn't floor me as I'd have hoped on first spin.  

Coston: Coolest baseball players you have ever met, and coolest musicians that you ever met. Tell me about them.

Hart: Catfish Hunter visited my school the winter he signed with NY. His high school catcher married my science teacher. It was a huge day at North Garner Jr. High. I still have his signature somewhere. The other big one was Gayle Sayers at a meet and greet at a hardward store a year or so after he retired. I did see Brooks Robinson at his statue unveiling in 2012. Still my biggest baseball hero. But I didn't get to "meet" him. But hearing his speech and seeing the other O's Hall of Famers on hand was incredible. Musically, I got to open for folks like Roger McGuinn, Richard Thompson, Robert Earl Keen, Dave Davies and Warren Zevon. All were big, big thrills. Thompson was the nicest. Him and Glenn Tilbrook. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Just Three More Book Signings, And One Book Talk Left!

Mast General Store Tour, Summer 2015

Winston-Salem, NC, July 4th, 11am-4pm
Boone, NC, July 10th, 1pm-5pm
Valle Crusis, NC, July 11th 11am-4pm

Book Talk, Plaza Midwood Library, Charlotte, NC, 6pm-7:30pm

See you on the road,
July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rolling Stones/Avett Brothers Photos, Raleigh, NC, July 1, 2015

Rolling Stones
Avett Brothers
Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
July 1, 2015
all photos copyright 2015 Daniel Coston


Beach Boys with Peyton Manning, Greeneville, TN, June 28, 2015

Beach Boys
with Peyton Manning
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Greeneville, TN
June 28, 2015
all photos copyright 2015 Daniel Coston
you can see more photos on Mike Love's Facebook page

Another Phrase That I Need To Work Into A larger Piece

A long night of short knives.
July 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Merle Haggard Photos, Charlotte, NC, June 30, 2015

Merle Haggard
Belk Theater
Charlotte, NC
June 30, 2015
all photos copyright 2015 Daniel Coston

Mod VI and Bondsmen Reunion Photos, Charlotte, NC, June 27, 2015

Mod VI
CLT 60s Rock & Roll Reunion
Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, NC
June 27, 2015
All photos copyright 2015 Daniel Coston

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