I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph a lot of amazing artists. Shooting live music is one of the most challenging forms of photography as you do not have much control over the shooting conditions. The light constantly changes and your subjects rarely stay still so when you do get a good shot it feels very rewarding.
Here are a few that I am especially happy with and I hope that you like them too.
Country singer Ian Burns approached me recently to take some promo photos and shoot the cover for his forthcoming CD that he is recording.
We shot a few locations including at his property, Anthill Golf Club and a few of the local back streets.
Ian couldn’t resist having a photo with one of his big boy toys.
We were nearly run over whilst shooting this shot – no one around until Ian starts walking down the road!
And this one was one of my favourites from the shoot.
You can often find Ian performing around the Camden/Picton area so make sure that you check out your gig guide and especially keep an eye out for Anthill Golf Club gigs.
Saturday night at Rooty Hill RSL, the home of country, and thanks to Total Country, was the first performance of the Grew Up ‘Round Trucks tour which is the outcome of Jayne Denham and Travis Sinclair teaming up together. They have performed together in the past but this is their first joint tour. These two artists have been dubbed the two biggest country rock acts that cheer on the truckies.
Opening the night was Travis Sinclair and he is no stranger to the trucking industry as he did grow up around trucks and still drives them in between gigs. I’m pretty sure he said that he is carting yoghurt around these days!
Travis Sinclair has released three albums to date; Diesel Boy (2011) and Rhythm of the Highway (2008) Rush (2005) and the crowd were treated to a few songs from each one including one of my personal favourites “Kick the Kenny” along with “Midnight Run“, “Diesel Boy”, “Heavenly Body, “Boundary Rider”, “Eating up Bitumen”, “Flag” and “Rockin the Rig”. The set also included some classic covers including everyone’s favourite Slim Dusty’s “Light on the Hill” Steve Earle’s “Hillbilly Highway” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Independent Trucker”.
Although I was first introduced to the music of Travis Sinclair by my truck driving neighbours about 6 years ago you don’t have to be a trucker to like his style of music. Whilst his music has a distinct style and is largely based around life on the road it still appeals to a much larger audience with it’s catchy lyrics and a beat that is hard not to like.
To the delight of the crowd, Travis was also joined on stage by his son Wyatt-Silas for a song.
Fans of Jayne Denham were treated to an energetic performance by Australia’s answer to Gretchen Wilson.
Jayne Denham does not hold back. Six weeks ago she broke her foot during a performance and despite only just having had the plaster removed this week she was still bounding around the stage in her usual energetic style.
To date Jayne Denham has released 3 albums; Sudden Change in Weather (2008), Shake this Town (2010) and her latest Renegade (2013). Whilst the major of the set were songs from Renegade including the title track “Renegade”, “Beyond these City Lights”, “Cowgirls MIA”, “This is Rodeo” and “Addicted to Diesel” there were also a few classics from her previous albums. A Jayne Denham audience would have left disappointed if she hadn’t of performed “Trucker Chicks”, “Shake this Town”, “Chick Ute”, “Country Girl with a Rock N Roll Heart” and “Mad Professor” from her first two albums.
The stage was certainly full of action for “This is Rodeo” with six dancers from the Barker Dance Studio in Glenbrook joining her on stage to perform a choreographed dance routine.
Jayne Denham also did a rousing medley as a tribute to some great aussie performers including the Divinyls‘ “Boys in Town”, Jimmy Barnes‘ “Working Class Man“, and ACDC’s “Black is Black”
For the encore Jayne Denham was joined on stage by Travis Sinclair and some younger members of their families to perform the lovely song “Grew Up Around Trucks” which is also on her latest album.
The crowd at Rooty Hill was a little smaller than I had expected but then considering that it was a long weekend, school holidays and the NRL grand final weekend I think that they did quite well and no one that was there left disappointed!
Both Travis and Jayne were supported by the same talented band for their sets and the line up was Jake Sinclair – guitar, Andy Payne – bass, Glen Farina -guitar, Paris Jefferees– drums, and Penelope Somerville – fiddle.
The tour will continue with a gig at the Blazes in Tamworth on Thursday, January 22 with more to come in the next twelve months.
As published in the Get Shot Magazine
There was no mistaking Gary Allan as he walked onto the stage right on time at 9.45pm in his designer ripped jeans, boots, tee shirt and leather jacket. But it wouldn’t matter what he had worn or when he walked out on the stage, the crowd were there in numbers to hear the award-winning outlaw singer-song writer live in Australia for the first time since 2008.
I always wonder how artists that have been as successful as Gary Allan has been decide upon the songs for their set list. With so many hits to choose from including 26 Billboard singles and new music to showcase it must be a difficult job to decide what to play.
Gary Allan had a set list of 21 songs including the opening song “Tough Goodbye” from his Set You Free album (2013). Other songs in the set included “Feeling Like That”, “Right Where I Need to Be”, “Man to Man”, “Pieces”, “Smoke Rings”, “Get off the Pain” and “It Ain’t the Whiskey”.
Included in Gary Allan’s set were stripped back acoustic versions of “Songs About the Rain”, “Radio”, “California”, “Every Storm”, “Bones”, “Man of Me”, “Airplanes” and “Bullhorn”
The crowd was kept happy when Gary and the band returned to perform “Runaway”, “Best I Ever Had” and “Dark Whiskey” during the encore.
Not only does Gary Allan have a longer than usual set list but he performs with an eight piece band of highly talented musicians.
Gary Allan was well supported by the Mavericks and Blackjack Billy. Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts certainly know the artists that will be well received in Australia and I personally hope that they continue to bring artists of this calibre out to Australia.
Gary Allan is worth seeing live and if you are quick you can still catch him in Australia again on the 1st October 2014 at the Palais Theatre St Kilda, VIC and they are also performing at the Deni Ute Muster being held on the 3rd/4th October 2014 in Denilquin