Wednesday, June 28, 2023

New Exhibit Opening In July

At last, it's nearly here. My new exhibition will be at Dilworth Artisan Station throughout the month of July, with an opening party on July 7th from 6 to 8pm. My thanks to Trudi Norris and everyone else involved in the show. Spread the word, and see you there.


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

NSMA 2023 Photos

Back from the NSMA Convention Weekend in Winston-Salem. Looking for photos from the convention? Go to to check them out. See you there, and see you on the road.


June 27, 2023

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Mr. Cash, Twenty Years Today

 Mr. Cash, twenty years on.

Twenty years ago today, I photographed Johnny Cash perform a tribute show for his wife, June Carter Cash. It is still a day that is nearly impossible to describe. The emotional weight that the room possessed, more powerful than any sport or concert I have ever been to. The way time seemed to speed up and slow down. The sea of people that filled, and spilled out of the Carter Family Fold. My own emotion of finally witnessing someone that I had waited a lifetime to see, and finding myself in the position of documenting it all for his families. Even now, it still seems beyond real.

Within weeks of the show, my photos were published by Rolling Stone, Time, Lost Highway (Cash's label at the time) and many others. What has meant the most to me is both the Cash and Carter families have embraced my work from this day, and Mr. Cash's final show on July 5th of that year. On my worst of moments, I remind myself that on those two days, I did a good job that still means something. My photos are still on the walls of the Carter Fold, and I have never forgotten how much that place, and the people that run the Fold still mean to me.

Last month, I was parking my car when I noticed that someone had left a message on my cellphone. Not recognizing the number, I listened to the message to see who it was. "Hi Daniel, it's John Carter Cash," the son of John and June Carter Cash. I'd first learned about from a comic book about his family that I purchased when I was eight years old. I called him back as fast as I could. John Carter asked if he could buy some of my photos for a lyric book of his father's work that will be out this fall. He again told me how much my photos of his dad mean to him. As I finished the call and began to text my wife, I realized that I was crying.

Yesterday, I found myself riding some of the same route that I had taken to the Carter Fold for those shows. I decided to tune to a bluegrass station that I'd listened to during those trips. Switching to AM, my car randomly landed on a distant station, and the crackly sound of Johnny Cash singing "I Walk The Line," one of the songs that I saw him perform twenty years ago. I hear you, Mr. Cash. You are still here, showing us the possibilities of life and legacy, and I am still listening. Forever changed by the days I spent around you, and the photographs that documented those fleeting moments.

June 20, 2023

Monday, June 12, 2023

RIP Scott Schinder

I first met Scott Schinder in Austin during the 2000s, during my many SXSW travels. We got back in touch in 2020, as we put together the Strangers On A Train CD for our beloved Left Banke. Scott was my co-producer on the CD, and wrote the liner notes.

Scott, I was looking forward to working more with you. Someday, someday. RIP Scott. Tell the Left Banke guys, Gary Brooker and all of our friends that I said hello, and see you in the stars.  

June 12, 2023

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Happy Birthday Sandra

Any many more.

You know.


June 6, 2023

RIP George Winston

 I had the good fortune to photograph George Winston on a couple of occasions. George would not allow photos to be taken during his show, but he would allow you to photograph him while he ran through soundcheck. You could jump on stage, stand behind him, whatever you like.

Both times, George came in last-minute, combed his hair for the photos, and got to work. One time, George commented that he wished that his shirt wasn't so wrinkled. I promised him that I use the piano to cover it up. One of my happiest emails to my late, much-missed mother in law was when George used some of my photos on social media.
Safe travels, George. Now you, and the music live forever.

June 6, 2023

Friday, June 2, 2023

Exhibit Update

Just a reminder that my photos will be at Theatre Charlotte this weekend, and next weekend. My show at Dilworth Artisan Market will go up on the walls after the 10th of this month.

See you all soon, and see you on the road.

June 3, 2023