Photos that ROCK! Mark Erelli & “Milltowns”

Back in March, Mark Erelli contacted me and asked if I could do a photo shoot with him for his next album. He explained that it was a tribute to one of his favorite musicians (Bill Morrissey) and that the photos should include birch trees and a fall New England landscape. Not only do I admire Mark as a musician and a person, but I was incredibly honored that he liked my work enough to use it for his next album.

So we trudged through some woods in Stoneham, MA and took photos for an hour or two. Mark played the lovely song “Birches” from the album and I was somehow bitten by a tick! A quick trip to the ER later and I was fine- it was worth it to see my photo inside of the CD cover! “Milltowns” is a beautiful album by Mark with contributions from many of his talented friends (including Charlie Rose, Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Rose Cousins, etc) and I’m happy to have contributed a small part to it. You can get it here: http://markerelli.bandcamp.com/album/milltowns

Here are some additional photos from our shoot!

All photos by Suzanne Davis Photography (www.facebook.com/suzannedavisphotography & www.suzannedavisphotography.com)

Photos that ROCK! Newport Folk Festival 2014

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

When the e-mail arrived confirming my press credentials for the Newport Folk Festival, I did a little dance around my living room. Not only is this the holy grail of music festivals (you may remember an incident with Bob Dylan and an electric guitar in 1965…), but I have been not-so- patiently waiting 12 years to photograph one of my favorite musicians: Mr. Ryan Adams. I’m sure that many other photographers during this set got a kick out of the huge smile that was plastered to my face like a small child. Going through these photos was especially exciting because even though I was crammed into the pit, the lighting was great, and I was able to shoot from many different angles. Here are some of my favorites!

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

Shovels & Rope

Shovels & Rope

Deer Tick

Deer Tick

Sara Watkins- Nickel Creek

Sara Watkins- Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

All photos by Suzanne Davis Photography (www.facebook.com/suzannedavisphotography)

Photos that ROCK! Green River Festival

Green River Music Festival

Greenfield, MA

July 13, 2014

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Sunshine. Trees. The outdoors. Incredible music. The Green River Festival had it all. The lineup featured a few of my favorite bands, which is really what drew me (and my camera!). In addition, it’s always a treat for me to be able to shoot concerts outdoors. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day featuring Girls, Guns & Glory, Barnstar!, Trampled By Turtles, and Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band.

Ward Hayden- GGG

Ward Hayden- Girls, Guns & Glory

GGG

Girls, Guns & Glory

Barnstar!

Barnstar!

Zack Hickman- Barnstar!

Zack Hickman- Barnstar!

Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles

Trampled by Turtles

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

Austin Nevins- Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Austin Nevins- Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

 

All photos by Suzanne Davis Photography

Photos that ROCK! Girls Guns & Glory

Over the past few months, I’ve gone on a bit of a Girls Guns & Glory binge. I saw them first at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, then at a Church coffeehouse in Franklin, then at an arts center in Natick, all in a fairly short amount of time. These boys are always on the move and I’m happy to catch them whenever they are in range. It’s always awesome when you go to a show and are completely blown away by a band you’ve never seen, which doesn’t happen to me often. I felt like I was hit head-on by GGG and I was addicted. The catchy retro-country-rock songs, Ward Hayden’s dreamy and crooning vocals, and the snappy outfits on each band member- damn, good stuff. If you haven’t seen or heard them yet, please check them out and you’ll be “shakin’ like jello” in no time! They are very fun to photograph and I’m looking forward to more opportunities!

Photos that ROCK! Barnstar! in the studio

Barnstar! at Dimension Sound Studios

Jamaica Plain, MA

On a lovely spring night I arrived at Dimension Sound Studios, a dozen donuts in hand. Somehow, the stars had aligned and I was invited to photograph my favorite bluegrass super-group as they finished up their second album. As I mentioned before, Barnstar! is comprised of Mark Erelli on guitar, Zack Hickman on bass, Charlie Rose on banjo, Taylor “Old Train” Armerding on mandolin and Jake Armerding on fiddle. The perfect mix of awesomeness.

I happened to arrive when they were doing the final take of the final song on the album. According to Mark, my husband and I being there gave the band the audience that they needed to finish up the song. So that was pretty special (um, wow!). The recording process is fascinating and tedious- it was a really unique experience getting to witness what goes into making an album. Not to mention, I got to sit around and eat burgers with some insanely talented musicians and just nice guys. While I won’t tell you what songs are coming up on this album, I can tell you that it sounded fantastic in the studio and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Looking forward to photographing these gentlemen again at the Green River Music Festival on July 13th! Hopefully the lighting will be a little better there than it was in the studio…!