Skinny Lister – San Francisco

Last month, I photographed Skinny Lister during their current United States tour. Will Varley opened at The Independent in San Francisco.

Photo Gallery Here.

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This was my third time seeing Skinny Lister. Before the show, I asked people at The Independent how they had become fans. Many people had similar experiences to my own. We had seen Skinny Lister perform as an opening band or at a music festival. One person saw Skinny Lister play during the 2012 SXSW in Austin; the played on the sidewalk.

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I first saw Skinny Lister in the Summer of 2012 during the Vans Warped Tour. I photographed about 30 bands that day. At a festival known for unusual performances, Skinny Lister was different. I wanted to see them again. In 2016, I saw them in San Francisco. I photographed their show and wrote an article.

Despite the dark venue, I took some decent pictures.

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When I saw them last month, I wondered if I this would be my last time. I have good friends who have moved and we don’t see each other any more. Skinny Lister is a British band and I live in California. I am grateful that they keep touring, because they are so much fun, but I realize that they are a long way from home.

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During the West Coast leg of the tour, Will Varley opened. (I included a few photos in the slideshow.) When Will began playing, the audience became quiet and listened. He had an incredible voice and stage presence that is difficult to explain without using a cliche… so I won’t.

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Skinny Lister is touring the East Coast of the USA during April. Though the band will probably return despite my fears, you can’t see this band enough… even at the risk of becoming a cliche fan.

February 19th in Reedley

One month ago today, I spent the morning in Reedley, California with my children and some of our good friends. We visited four generations of their family. The oldest is about one hundred years older than the youngest.

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February 19th is the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. More than 100,000 Japanese Americans were “relocated” to camps during WWII. Some of my friends’ family were removed from their homes and sent to camps. Aunt Thelma, who is almost 102 now, was one of those people.

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I met Aunt Thelma four years earlier at a weekly card game. I realized that she was short, but she was full of life. Life’s circumstances had not appeared to diminish her enthusiasm for life.

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Thelma helped raise her niece and nephew, so Thelma is closer than an aunt.

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All the relatives seem closer when they are around Aunt Thelma. (I feel closer when I am around her too.)

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Even my son wanted to discuss Thelma’s energy afterwards. He explained that usually young people visit old people to make them feel better, but this time it was different. It seemed that all the younger people visited the old person so that the young people could feel better.

It seemed that way.

For more photos, see the gallery.



Weekend Warrior Tour

Last Friday night, I traveled to my old home town to photograph¬†Brad Paisley‘s Weekend Warrior Tour. In addition to photographing Paisley, I also photographed Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. I reviewed the concert for Stereo Embers Magazine,¬†so this post will mostly include photos with links to photo galleries.

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In the concert review, I mentioned that Paisley included a visual tribute to Salvador Dali on one of his album covers. The Time Well Wasted cover was inspired by Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory.” The Dali album also included a duet with Dolly Parton and, for surrealism, excessively corny outtake tributes to Hee Haw.

 (bryan farley)Paisley is married to the actress and author Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Kimberley wrote the best-selling book “Where the Light Gets In” that discusses how her family struggled with her mother’s rare form of dementia. When Brad Paisley performs, it is easy to forget that he is part of a family too.

 (bryan farley)When I grow up, I want to sing like Dustin Lynch. In 2012, Lynch’s released his first single “Cowboys and Angels.” He seems as if he has always been singing.

Here are photos from his concert.

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If any performer has ever looked as if they have walked off Springsteen’s Born in the USA album cover, it was Chase Bryant.

Photo Gallery of Chase Bryant’s performance.

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Lyndsay Ell, who was born in Canada, opened the show. She had enough stage presence to fill the entire arena. She joined Paisley for a duet during his set, and as she left the stage, he said, “there’s the future.” We need more allies like Paisley and more musicians like Ell.

Photo gallery of Lindsay Ell

Photo gallery of Brad Paisley