It occurs to me that another and slightly less self indulgent use for this blog may be to give some shout outs to various friends, mentors, colleagues, heroes, etc. who have made an impact on me. These will appear in no specific order, just as I feel like writing a little bit about them. One thing I will say though is that if I write about them, you should definitely go check out their work.
So today’s shout out goes to my friends Joe Taylor and Sean O’Bryan Smith. I met them when I was the house photographer for Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse. It was one of those nights that I was reminded just how happy I am to be a photographer. As was often the case, I arrived at the roadhouse knowing nothing about the band that was playing. Though I could have easily looked up their work on the internet, I usually waited until after a show to find out more about whomever I just saw. So on this night it was the Joe Taylor Group. I’m not a music writer, so I won’t attempt a show review here, but within the first few minutes I was very impressed. The southern tinged fusion jazz blusey rock, was delivered with impeccable style and soul (gosh that does sound very much like a music review).
So do yourself a favor and drop down a Youtube rabbit hole, and check out my buddies Joe and Sean, or better yet, go purchase their new cd “Sugar Dust in the Devil Wind” I promise you it does not suck.