Benefit shows. If you’ve been a musician for more than about 30 minutes, chances are you’ve been asked to play at least one. If you’ve been gigging regularly for over 35 years, like me, you’ve probably given up trying to count the number of requests you’ve received. Now, let me point out right up front that […]
For the last few months, I’ve been seeing the name ‘Charlie Worsham’ pop up in music circles and social media. So, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and checked out his August, 2013 release Rubberband on Warner Bros. Records. Not only did I immediately hear/see what all the fuss was […]
A selection of my favorite images from the October 4, 2012 show at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. As with the Eden’s Edge photos from the previous post, this Little Big Town set was part of the Rascal Flatts “Changed” Tour of 2012. The full gallery of images can be viewed […]
Back in about 2007, when my son was in the Music Business program at Belmont University in Nashville, he met a trio of musicians that were relatively new to Music City and needed some demo recordings. He did a few sessions with them over a period of a couple years and shared some of those […]
After a few months of distractions in other areas of life, I realized I haven’t posted anything about the last couple shows I’ve shot. So, here’s the first installment of Operation Catch-Up 2012. You may have read an earlier post of mine, 10 Years and 180 Degrees Later, about returning to DTE Energy Music Theater to […]
The Mayan calendar seems to come to an abrupt end in late 2012, so why not celebrate the end of times with a summer music tour? Specifically, the Last Summer on Earth Tour.
Little Big Town – November 18, 2011 – Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN As you probably know by now, my son works in the music business in Nashville. He has toured as sound engineer for several country music acts including Chris Cagle and Joe Nichols. Currently, he is approaching his one-year anniversary with Little Big Town, […]
But like any photog worth his salt, I couldn’t just sit through the warm-up act with my camera gear sitting idly by. The opener was a singer-songwriter from Atlanta named Sonia Leigh.
Once again, I had the opportunity to hang out with my son and the rest of the Joe Nichols band and crew during a recent show in Ohio. Sure, I enjoyed visiting with everyone and shooting the concert. But I was also asked to shoot a few artist endorsement photos with several of the band and crew and various pieces of gear that they use.
When I started my last blog post “Avon Calling”, I had no idea it would end up where it did. So I ran out of room for some of the other text and images that I wanted share from Thursday night’s Joe Nichols show in Avon, Ohio. Don’t worry, this post will be like lunch the day after Thanksgiving – lots of unrelated leftovers that are still good after the main meal.
OK, I’ll admit it. This is going to be another post about me and a recent Joe Nichols show. But the angle may be a little different than what you might be expecting. And of course, I’ll throw in some visuals along the way, for those who get bored with all those silly words.
This year, Father’s Day was extra-special for me. I received a gift no amount of money could ever buy. Of course, 4 years of tuition payments to Belmont University didn’t hurt.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be granted the only photo pass for shooting Earth Wind & Fire at The Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. This was my first time shooting at the venue and the first time shooting EW&F. I had a few things working in my favor for this show: 1. There would be a […]
It’s funny how certain events can impact your life on many different levels. A moment can be memorable for a specific reason at the time of occurrence, and later turn out to be a pivotal event in ways you never dreamed possible. Confused? I don’t blame you.
Joe Nichols – Whiskey Dick’s – November, 2009 – Images by Jon Diener On a beautiful Indian Summer day in November of 2009, I made the 2.5 hr. drive to Columbus to hang with my acquaintances in the Joe Nichols entourage and shoot their live show. The venue was a small club there called Whiskey […]
Justin Moore – Erie St. Theater – November, 2009 – Images by Jon Diener Here are select images from the Justin Moore show I shot last November at the Erie Street Theater in Toledo, OH. All of the images were shot with a Nikon D300 using two lenses – the 28-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm […]
OK, I know that in the last post, I said that was the end of the story. And quite honestly, I thought it was. Last Thursday evening, I received an email from someone asking if they could use one of my Joe Nichols photos for a magazine. They had received a link to a small […]
So, before we continue with the final installment of the series, let’s go back to the beginning for a second. At the end of Part 1, I outlined the all the “baby steps” I had worked out to get me from home to Fremont, Fremont to Nashville, Nashville to Minnesota, and Minnesota to Detroit. But […]
If you’ve been following along with the previous five installments, then you’ve heard plenty of nuts and bolts facts about places, events, and experiences. But what I’ve failed to communicate thus far, is the intangible side of things – my thoughts and feelings. After reading my posts, several friends have commented about how much fun […]
howtime had arrived at the Minnesota State Fair. The seats were filling up. The weather was perfect. Chris rolled the pre-recorded audio montage opener and the band members began taking the stage. At the conclusion of the short intro piece, guitarist Dan Agee seamlessly launched into the pick-up notes for one of Joe’s signature tunes, […]
After arriving in Nashville on Sunday morning, Chris and I headed to Panera to get fueled up for the moving activities of the day. Then, it was off to the U-Haul facility to pick up the rental truck, where I had to endure the unpleasantness of being told I would essentially be BUYING the truck, […]
So the tour bus heads for Nashville from Fremont, OH – about an 8 hour drive. I hang out in the front lounge area of the bus with some of the other guys for a bit, and then head for my bunk. And by bunk, I mean a coffin with a sliding curtain on the […]
Well, somehow the planets all lined up, or maybe it was the ducks in a row. Whatever. I got the green light to hang with the guys from Joe’s tour. So early on the morning of August 29th, I picked up Chris at Detroit Metro. He was flying in from Philly after doing sound for […]
Since my son has been doing sound this summer with Universal South recording artist Joe Nichols, we were looking forward to seeing the show at the nearest venue on the tour – the Fulton County Fair in Wauseon. As it turned out, we ended up hosting an informal barbeque for the band and crew at […]