Monday, September 30, 2019

Photos From Last Week's Events Are Now Online

Photos from Saturday's Women Who Lead luncheon can now be seen at the link below. Check out photos of more events from the past week at See you there, and see you on the road. 

October 1, 2019

Jade Bird/Flyte Photos, Charlotte, NC, September 29, 2019

Jade Bird
Visulite Theater
Charlotte, NC
September 29, 2019

September 30, 2019

The Last Few Days

Friday, photos of Tony DiTerlizzi at the Mint Museum, Wine Women & Shoes at the Charlotte Convention Center, Inspire The Fire gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Kevin McDonald at the Charlotte Comedy Festival, and Lenny Federal and heavy friends at the Comet Grille. Saturday, photos of Oprah Winfrey dropping a million-five on the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead luncheon, one engagement party, one 60th wedding anniversary party, Storybook Ball for the Ronald McDonand House, and the RunningWorks gala. Sunday, recovering from Friday and Saturday, then photos of Jade Bird and Flyte at the Visulite, and Bombadil and Skylar Gudasz at the Neighborhood Theatre. My thanks to all for the ongoing adventure. Where are you going, boy? See you there, and see you on the road. 

September 30, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

RIP John Cohen

Hello all-

John Cohen was, and will always be hugely influential in my work. His photos, his films, his travels. He, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and others laid the path of discovery through photography and travel that many of us, myself included are still trying to catch up to.

I first met John Cohen in 2003, in an exhibition of his work in Greensboro. I introduced himself, and told him that I was trying to do now what he had done back then. He sighed, and said, "Good luck, man". There was more honesty in that statement than anyone I've ever discussed the subject with. And again, as the years go on I continue to appreciate the candor in that answer.

Thank you, John,
September 26, 2019

New Interview With Me For The NC Arts Council Website 

September 26, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Earl Scruggs Show Opening, Shelby, NC, September 21, 2019

Carolina Calling show opening
Earl Scruggs Center
Shelby, NC
September 21, 2019
All photos 2019 Daniel Coston

Come by and see my show, now open until December 31st

September 25, 2019

Jim Brock Photo, Charlotte, NC, September 19, 2019

Jim Brock
Charlotte, NC
September 19, 2019
Photo copyright 2019 Daniel Coston

September 25, 2019

Caamp Photos, Charlotte, NC, September 24, 2019

Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, NC
September 24, 2019
All photos copyright 2019 Daniel Coston

September 25, 2019

Rhiannon Giddens Photos, Charlotte, NC, September 23, 2019

Rhiannon Giddens
McGlohon Theatre
Charlotte, NC
September 23, 2019
All photos copyright 2019 Daniel Coston

September 25, 2019

Drive By Truckers Photos, Charlotte, NC, September 21, 2019

Drive By Truckers
Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, NC
September 21, 2019
All photos copyright 2019 Daniel Coston

September 25, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Thank You To All Involved Yesterday

Wow. Yesterday, photographed a yoga benefit for Brittany Bogues, then drove to Shelby for a panel talk and opening of my new exhibit on North Carolina musicians. My sincere thanks to everyone involved for an amazing day. I'm still putting it all into words and emotions. Then drove back to Charlotte photograph the Drive By Truckers, whom I have now been photographing for 20 years. Love to all who have been part of the adventure, here's to what comes next, and see you on the road.
September 22, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

My New Show Opens Tomorrow!

This Saturday! The opening of Carolina Calling, my new exhibit at the Earl Scruggs Center. Photos of North Carolina musicians such as the Avett Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Arthur Smith, Link Wray, James Taylor, Link Wray, Joe Newberry, Chatham County Line, Darin Aldridge & Brooke Aldridge, Temperance League, and many more, as well as a few other photos from my collection. Hope to see you there. See you soon, and see you on the road.
September 20, 2019

Playlist For Earl Scruggs Center Show

My new show at the Earl Scruggs Center, which opens tomorrow, has its own playlist. Thirty songs from various North Carolina artists that have ties to myself, or the show. Spread the word, and hope to see you there.
September 20, 2019

1. Avett Brothers - “Traveling Song” (from Live Vol. 2)

2. Squirrel Nut Zippers - “Got My Own Thing Now”

3. Mayflies USA - “Thinking Out Loud”

4. Lou Ford - “So Far Gone”

5. Chatham County Line - “Chip Of A Star”

6. The Old Ceremony - “Papers In Order”

7. John Howie & Tift Merritt - “One Paper Kid”

8. Spongetones - “The One That Gets You”

9. Pinetops - “Birds Of Grey”

10. Time Sawyer - “Sea Green Eyes”

11. Tift Merritt - “Supposed To Make You Happy”

12. Volatile Baby - “50 Miles Of Elbow Room”

13. Carolina Chocolate Drops - “Done Got A Ramblin’ Mind”

14. Benton Flippen - “Susanna Gal”

15. Backsliders - “Throwin’ Rocks At The Moon”

16. Sammies - “Coming Out Wild”

17. Superchunk - “Late Century Dream”

18. Merucry Dime - “Jessica”

19. Comas - “All Over The School”

20. Chatham County Line - “Speed Of The Whippoorwill”

21. Roman Candle - “You Don’t Belong to This World”

22. Avett Brothers - “At The Beach”

23. David Childers - “The Prettiest Thing”

24.Mandolin Orange - “Hard Hearted Stranger”

25. Carolina Chocolate Drops - “Georgie Buck”

26. Rhiannon Giddens - “Didn’t She Dance”

27. Avett Brothers - “Pretty Girl At The Airport”

28. Jack Lawrence and Dow Watson - “Florida Blues”

29. Chatham County Line - “One More Minute”

30. Avett Brothers - “Salvation Song”

Sunday, September 15, 2019

For Jan Barley

This evening, my mother in law, great friend and fellow traveler Jan Crane Barley left this place for her next adventure. Earlier this year, she was given three to six months to live. She lived eight, and got as much out of every day, as she did throughout her life. She was also giving all of us more time to prepare for living without her. While I and others will never be the same, we are greateful for every day that she spent with us. She spent 85 years on this earth, an adventure of more than a lifetime. The fact that so many, include myself, only wish that she could have more, fills volumes of books that Jan herself spent her entire life writing.

She was born in 1934, in the middle of the Great Depression. She was the oldest of three children. When her beloved mother died in 1947, she was forced to live with other relatives. She began writing articles and other pieces throughout high school and college. She wrote for various newspapers throughout Ohio. Always restless, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, and began astronaut training. In the middle of training, she met and married Morris Barley. She was set to go twice the speed of sound when she discovered that she was pregnant. Later, she became the first enlisted officer to give birth at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, to the woman that would later become my wife.

She and Morris would eventually be married for 60 years, and raise two children. Jan continued to write for a host of clients. Newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and many more. She began to travel the world, places she came to love as much as Ohio. She published her first book in 1996, on children’s authors in Australia and New Zealand. She became a trusted mom, aunt, grandmom, mother-in-law, friend, book club member, Burns Night organizer, and so, so much more. She was family, no matter how you came to know her.

I came into her family in 2000. I have since acknowledged that being an independent videographer that really wanted to be a music photographer doesn’t always inspire confidence in potential in-laws. But in Jan I found a friend, champion, and fellow writer that understood the quirks and inspirations of the craft. When Jan told me that she had always wished that she could have pubished a book of her travel journeys to England and Scotland, I offered to publish it through Fort Canoga Press. I believed that the book should exist, and the story should be told. She encouraged me to keep going through all of my adventures, and I was more than proud to be part of her story, which will continue on from this day. And I am so lucky that she was, and will always be part of mine.

Some of you will know that I often travel with a blue therapiggy, named Blinker. My wife began making these seven years ago, and I love being able to take something she created all over the world. But it is for Jan that Blinker’s outgoing persinality emerged. Emails, phone messages and Skype conversations. Blinker loved to share with Jan all of the things I loved. Music from Vashti Bunyan, or Rudy Vallee. Photos from recent travels, or new perspectives on life. Blinker just loved being a happy child with Jan, and sharing his life with her. And perhaps, I did, too.

As of this moment, Jan, you belong to the ages. You are free. Freed from the pain of the past, and recent days. All of those places you loved, you are there now. At the 1939 World’s Fair that you so much wanted to attend. Broadway, and all of those quiet places in your beloved England and Scotland. Every place that inspired you, and gave you joy. You are there. With road dust on your boots, smiling as you explore the road without end. And while those of us back here will always miss you, please know that you will always be with us, in the sky that surrounds those that will continue to love you, and the memories that will continually fill our future.

You are here, you are everywhere.

I love you, Jan.

Safe travels,

September 15, 2019