Music is at heart of so much of what we do. It is how we communicate, it moves us, it has the power to bring us back to moments long past, it almost is everything. These days people walk around with their earbuds in, maintaining their own space and time as we all travel through our days, often side by side. Sometimes this is seen more regularly in the big cities during the hustle times where it makes sense to shut out the sounds of chaos around us and sometimes we just need to create some space for ourselves to function. And, sometimes when we unplug we are lucky enough to experience music being created in front of us, live.
I’d done a shoot previously for Vaden (on guitar), who is so talented that he is able to collaborate with others so frequently it is hard to keep up with all of his projects, and now I was going to get to hear even more of his sounds. These three were getting together for some upcoming shows and they needed some images to promote said shows. Do you know what this means?! It means I get an hour of live music all to myself while doing what I love which is taking photos! Sweet!!!
The Yodelin’ Countrybluesman and I had a little time before the other two members of the trio arrived to the shoot, so I was able to get my head around how amazing this location was for what we were creating together. I had a much longer commute that day, about 20 minutes north of town, than Vaden….as he just had to walk out his front doori as this was his front yard. The dirt road, the barn, the tall grass….perfection for photos (not so much for the photographer with a paralyzing fear of snakes!). And, some of the images of him from this shoot are among my all time personal favorites.
It wasn’t long before the Do Rights arrived, Derrick on bass and Wyatt (I’ve decided not to use their last names, so you’ll have to trust me when I tell you that Wyatt’s full name is one of the most perfect names for a badass banjo player ever and I actually asked him if that was his real name!). Let the show begin!! I have zero musical ability, so my respect for musicians always grows when I am given the opportunity to hear them, but to also watch them. I suppose the joy they exude when playing is a bit like how I feel when I am in the zone behind my camera.
I wanted to give each of them the opportunity for some individual shots, which also allowed me to hear them individually. And, since I was “directing” this show, when it was time for the trio to play, I had them play….over and over and over.
And, play they did. Vaden Landers and the Do Rights likely don’t know just how right their shoot was for me. As I mentioned, Vaden is a busy man and often on tour, maybe somewhere near you and if that is the case, I highly recommend you going to see him play. And, I encourage you to take a listen to the album these three talented musicians were creating when we did this shoot: https://papavayblues.bandcamp.com/album/vaden-landers-the-do-rights-ep
Cheers to a 20 minute commute and a free show!