I pick and choose my concert photography nights more than ever but one band I will always be there for is J. Roddy Walston & The Business. The first time I met them was in 2008. I initially heard them via the late, great radio station WOXY.com (97X The Future of Rock’n’Roll). I got word they were playing a tiny bar in Charlottesville (Miller’s) that is legendary for being the start of Dave Matthews’ career. I know for a fact my wife Polly & I were the only two people in the bar solely to see J.Roddy as we sat amongst the usual day-drinkers and regulars. As the band tells the story, they may have accepted the gig based on the fact (or the misunderstanding of) that it was the start of the Dave Matthews’ BAND’s history, not just Dave being a bartender there as the band formed. Long story short, J.Roddy & The Business were told, after two songs, “turn down or leave”. As the bass player at the time (Zach) told me on the way out, “We don’t turn down for anyone.” They packed up and left, unpaid and probably hungry too. It was so rock’n’roll. Time machine to last night and here are my photos from the show with about 500 fans at the Jefferson Theater which is ironically located about 100 yards from Miller’s :: J. Roddy Walston & The Business photos at The Jefferson.
Batesville Market, the coolest country store in all of Virginia is back in business and they are hosting an exhibit of 16 of my photographs. When they invited me to do the show I took a cue from the new Batesville Market t-shirts with the “LOCAL” logo emblazoned on the front and decided to tailor the theme around my favorite recent portraits of local musicians, performers and friends. There will be a small, informal First Fridays opening from 4-6pm on January 2nd and the photographs will be up in the store throughout the month of January. Do yourself a favor and get out of town for a couple hours, enjoy the scenic drive into the country and grab one of their delicious fried bologna sandwiches and some homemade mac ‘n’ cheese!
I took a few photos of Opal’s new sword swallowing stunt (swallowing the sword and then bending over at the waist). The full set of the beautiful and talented Opal can be found by clicking on this link for the Flickr album.