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Photos: Sun Kil Moon – Live @ SXSW 2014

Sun Kil Moon - 3/16/2014 - SXSW 2014

Along with Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Mark Kozelek (aka Sun Kil Moon) ranks among my all time favorite songwriters. He’s as prolific, demanding, and as interesting a personality as Young or Dylan, and like those two legends, Kozelek does whatever the fuck he wants and makes whatever music he wants. I’ve always respected artists who follow their art, their vision and their truths, and no one will claim Kozelek has done anything but that throughout his career.

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Photos: Kacey Musgraves – Live @ Life is Beautiful Festival 2014

Kacey Musgraves - Life is Beautiful - October 26, 2014

I love music of all types and genres. But if I had to pick one genre that I feel closest too and understand best, its probably what is termed ‘alternative country.’ Alt-country traces its roots back to the late 60’s and early 70’s when artists both inside and outside of Nashville turned their backs on country pop and created something that was way more shit kicking then anything before it, and also truer to the roots of the genre. Fifty years later, artists like Kacey Musgraves are keeping the tradition of excellent left of mainstream country music alive. (more…)

Photos: Outkast – Live @ Life is Beautiful Festival 2014

Outkast - Andre 3000 - Big Boi - Life is Beautiful - October 25, 2014

I admire Outkast. Not so much for their music (which i think is fine), but rather for the genius marketing move on their recent reunion tour; they became the first act to ever route their tour exclusively around headlining slots at music festivals, ultimately hitting 40 around the world. Impressive shit (and lots of bank for Big Boi and Andre 3000, presumably). (more…)

Photos: Jackson Browne – Live @ Way Over Yonder Festival 2014

Jackson Browne - Way Over Yonder Festival - September 27th 2014

I like to think of myself as an edgy dude; someone who understands, advocates appreciates music left of the mainstream. I also have no shame in admitting that I love artists like Steve Winwood and Jackson Browne (whose late 70’s album Running on Empty is one of my all time favorites). But I love Jackson Browne for much more than his music; I have had past one on one and group setting encounters with Browne and he’s as gracious, down to earth, and sincere as he plays in his songs. I’m an all around fan. (more…)

Photos: Valerie June – Live @ Outside Lands 2014

Valerie June - Outside Lands Festival - August 9th 2014

Hailing from Memphis, TN, Valerie June may be one of music’s most promising Americana artists. Her 2013 album release Pushing Against a Stone perfectly blended folk, blues, soul and gospel and became one of the albums I played over and over last year. I was super excited when i learned she was set to play the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park, CA on August 9th, 2014. (more…)

Photos: Steve Winwood – Live @ The Honda Center, Anaheim

Steve Winwood - Traffic - Honda Center - October 7th, 2014 - Live

I am a big fan of Steve Winwood. I love his singing with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic is one of my favorite bands of the late 60’s/early 70’s, and I even have a soft spot for some of his cheesy 1980’s output. For this 2014 tour, including this Anaheim, CA tour stop on October 7th, Steve Winwood performed as opener for another one of my favorites, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. (more…)

Photos: Bumblefoot – Live @ Life is Beautiful Festival 2014

Surface Rising - Bumblefoot - Life is Beautiful - Scott Dudelson

Who is Bumblefoot, and how did he get such an awesome name? I was asked that by a couple people at the Life is Beautiful festival in Vegas. I don’t really have the answer to the latter question (read it on wikipedia, but his real name is Ron Thal – not as cool). A fellow photographer at the Life is Beautiful festival did let me know that Bumblefoot is a former guitar player from the recent era Guns N’ Roses incarnation. Based on the fact he was standing in front of me and performing in a band called Surface Rising, i am assuming this is what Bumblefoot has been up to since leaving Guns N’ Roses. (more…)

Photos: Butch Walker – Live @ George Harrison Tribute at the Music Box

Butch Walker - Music Box - George Harrison Tribute - Best Fest - Scott Dudelson  - September 28, 2014
In the late 1990’s Butch Walker was best known as the singer of one-hit wonder rock outfit Marvelous 3. They had a pretty good single with “Freak of the Week” in about 1998, but the band went quiet after that. But Butch Walker in the last decade has had quite a career revival. (more…)

Photos: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Live @ Way Over Yonder Festival 2014

Chris Robinson - Live at Way Over Yonder Festival

Chris Robinson will always been best known as the singer and focal point of The Black Crowes. And that’s great, the Black Crowes had some really good years (the one’s with Marc Ford on guitar being the best for my money). But post-Black Crowes, Chris Robinson has not gotten the attention he deserves because he’s still got it going on, and his new outfit The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is one hell of a band. (more…)

Photos: The Presidents of the United States of America – Live @ FYF Festival 2014

Presidents of the United States of America - Presidents of the USA - FYF Festival - Concert Photo - 2014
OK, i haven’t thought about them in years, you haven’t thought about them in years, but it turns out The Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA) are not only still a band, but at FYF Festival they showed they are a genuinely awesome band.
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