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Santa Paws by RescuedMe at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

RescuedMe is an organization to provide education, prevention, intervention, and adoption services to ensure that lost or abandoned dogs enjoy long, healthy life. Last week a lot of lucky pups got to have their photo made with Santa.  Many dog treats were used in the coercion of these photos 😜 Thank you to the folks at Maker’s Mark for helping make this event happen. And as always, Jackie and co at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern Justin DriscollHello, my name …

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He Is Legend – Riffs & Dogs – New Brookland Tavern 11/21/2022

Wilmington, NC’s Hometown heroes closed out the first run of their tour at The New Brookland Tavern on Nov 21, 2022. They are supporting their new masterpiece “Endless Hallway” – their first post-covid record following 2019’s White Bat. They blasted into the set with White Bat and kept it rocking all the way through.  They played an eclectic set spanning their whole career. As we all know I am a gear nerd so I chatted up lead …

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Touché Amoré Fillmore, Charlotte NC 11/13/22 + Vinyl Snags

Touché Amoré came through The Fillmore, Underground in support of The Menzingers. Great show (see set list below). I also got to snag some new vinyl I was very interested in. Lament Demos – on clear vinyl + gold and pink splatters Dead Horse X – Black and silver splatter SET LIST Come Heroine New Halloween Rapture Feign Reminders Posing Holy Limelight ~ Flowers to You Justin DriscollHello, my name is Justin Driscoll. Originally from New Jersey, …

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NOW I AM KNOWN – Peter Mutabazi Book Cover

Covid had just started and I was basically out of work. The World had shut down. I received a cold call about doing photography work. They mentioned foster care and it sparked my interest. I had no idea what journey this phone call would lead me on. I showed up to Peter‘s house for our first shoot. See, Peter just does not foster one child. He always has a house full. The chaos of a house …

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Touché Amoré Vinyl Discography

As I have stated before… I am not sure how I got caught sleeping on Touché Amoré. They flew under my radar for too long. However I fell in love with them almost immediately.  I was able to catch them at Furnace Fest 2021 and then a week later, opening for Thrice at the Underground. I know I am not the only one in the vinyl community who gets bitten by the bug. It’s in my genetics. …

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FURNACE FEST 2022 – Back to Birmingham

With only a few weeks before FF 2022 I was blessed with another photography pass. First I must say in all my years of being around the music industry this is the most well put together production I have been a part of. It’s also very communal. Hardcore music is not everyones cup of tea. Though it’s commonplace to me, the mainstream market is oblivious to this type of music. I really like this photo …

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Beam Suntory Dinner Pairing at Dot Dot Dot

Another amazing cocktail dinner pairing with Beam Suntory at Dot Dot Dot. Lead by owner Stefan Huebner and Beam Suntory rockstar Kevin Creasy! And let’s not forget the amazing DotDotDot staff that made it all happen! The menu included… Welcome Cocktail –  Roku Gin, sweet Yuzu cordial, lime and elderflower.Paired with….Amuse-Bouche – tuna sashimi, wasabi, peach peppers, puffed rice and ponzuTasting – Suntory Toki Japanese Highball – Suntory toki, carbonated water and grapefruitPaired with….Salad – Mizuna, Satsumaimo, Sesame …

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Pretty Reverend Machine

First off I would like to thank Ken, Tim, Zak and the whole Reverend Guitars family. They have been taking care of my crew since 2017. Such an amazing company! Shortly I will be happy to announce a new music project. For this project I needed a solid, specific guitar. It needed to hold tune and sound good in drop B tuning . This is often a hard task unless you play baritone specific guitars. …

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Be vewy vewy quiet I’m Hunting Hollywood – a year long saga

2004 – I remember being at a red light and our spaz of a merch guy jumped out of his car and threw a CD-R in my Jeep window. He shouted “Mandatory auditory listening” and he sped off.  It was a burned pre-release copy of Wilmington, NC’s own HE IS LEGEND.  I had mp3’s of their original project The Uriah Omen. I also had their debut EP entitled “91025” released on NC’s Tribunal Records. But this was …

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Les Paul Standard Project with Planet Tone Pickups

For the record, None of my guitars are stock. I play aggressive music in drop tunings. I always replace my stock bridges, humbuckers and tuners. Humbucker I had been hearing great things about Planet Tone pickup co. After a few phone chats and emails with their staff I settled on the “Defiance” humbucker. “The Defiance humbucker offers a tasty mid range, and big bottom end for high power, high gain tone. Perfect for heavy styles …

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