HB Lowell George!

One of the greats celebrates his birthday today...time to celebrate!

 
 

LOWELL GEORGE
4/13/45 - 6/29/79

How about some Dixie Chicken to celebrate Lowell...

 
 

See lots more photographs of Lowell George in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Deadplus the 47 other musicians I honor along with my personal stories.

The photograph of Lowell and Mo Ostin is available in a Limitied Edition and Open Edition.
Check it out here.

Richie Hayward

Five years ago today, Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward lost his battle with cancer. This is a never-before-seen photograph I took of Richie at the LA Forum. It's an interesting perspective where his left arm and stick is in relation to his right hand on the cymbal, which looks like a stretch.And yet, he's super chill, grooving and watching me take his picture. I'm also loving Lowell George on the edge of the shot.

 
 

RICHIE HAYWARD
2/6/46 - 8/12/10

I picked a cool video that features Richie more predominately than most drummers usually get. And I like that they played full songs during their sound checks. Little Feat was the consummate live act. Check out their double-live album, Waiting for Columbus.

I picked a cool video that features Richie more predominately than most drummers usually get. And I like that they played full songs during their sound checks. Little Feat was the consummate live act. Check out their double-live album, Waiting for Columbus...and you can also see one of my photographs of Lowell George is on the inside cover.

 
 

Read more about Little Feat and the other amazing musicians in Everybody I Shot Is Dead.
Today I am also releasing Limited and Open Edition silver gelatin prints of the Richie Hayward photograph.

Lowell George

Lowell shares the anniversary of his passing with Tim Buckley, which was yesterday, only four years later. I chose this photo because Richie Hayward is very visible on the right playing drums and I've yet to do a post on him. He passed in August 2010. I will get back into the archives before then so I can memorialize him too.

 
 

LOWELL GEORGE
4/13/45 - 6/29/79

Not the greatest version of Dixie Chicken but cool to see Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris singing back-up with Lowell. Also, Richie Hayward is on drums.

 
 

There are a lot more photographs of Lowell in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead.

Lowell George

It's Lowell's birthday today and that calls for a party. 

 
 

LOWELL GEORGE
4/13/45 - 6/29/79

Listening to his voice and watching him play on this video was amazing. Very moving. It's no wonder why Little Feat's live album, Waiting For Columbus, is still considered in the top five best live albums in music. If it's not in your music collection, get it now.

 
 

Dave Mason

 
 

After I shot this photo of Dave Mason 15 minutes into his concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 19, 1975, I decided to stop shooting concerts. I had been invited by Columbia Records to shoot Mason for a live album cover. It was my first big concert in LA after moving there from Vancouver.

Since I was already there, I decided to shoot the opening act as well...Little Feat. I was the only photographer taking pictures of Little Feat and had the best time ever. I was more than ready to take on Dave Mason, but when I got in front of the stage after it was reset I realized there were several other photographers also shooting. I was totally fine with that...nothing like a little competition. I started with a roll a black and white, with a plan to shoot a roll of color when the band was further into their set as that's when the musicians start to really cook. So, there I was crouched in front of the stage waiting for my shots, taking one here or there, when another photographer told me to get out of his way. Actually, he pushed me out of his way and started firing with his motor drive - he might as well have been using a flash, too.

When I glanced around at the rest of the shooters, I saw they were doing the same thing - they were like a pack of hungry hyenas, eating each other without a thought of waiting to get the best shot possible. At that point I realized shooting big LA concerts was not what I wanted to do, and I had already come up with my idea to do a book of artwork done by musicians. I wanted to show that people who pursue one artistic avenue can also be talented in another. It was four years later that I finished that book that I called Starart. The other plus to walking away from the stage that night was being the only photographer backstage and ending up in Little Feat's dressing room to shoot their signing of The Big Deal with Warner Bros chief Mo Ostin.

 
 

And if you were wondering how that Dave Mason album cover that I didn't shoot turned out, here it is...