Ten of my Favorite Concert Photographs I've Taken (Vol. 1)

Music is my passion and live concert photography makes me feel like I'm staring into the soul of the performer during their most vulnerable moments. I have lots of favorites, so please don't hate me if this list resurfaces a time or two. (All photos here are mine) In no particular order:
  1. Pete Seeger
    I had the pleasure of (literally) sharing a Coke with this legendary songwriter/activist and all-around nice guy at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Okla. several years ago. We stood together at the back at the crowd and watched other performers on the main stage and complained about how hot it was. (Go figure, Oklahoma in July).
  2. Mavis Staples
    She sings like an angel and is sweet as one, too. I've seen her perform live a number of times and she has never disappointed.
  3. Bruce Springsteen
    One my all-time favorite artists. I've seen him twice, most recently with my sons at JazzFest in New Orleans. He's tricky to photograph because he doesn't stop moving for very long. This isn't a great photo, but I think it shows how happy he is every time he walks into the stage.
  4. The Black Keys
    Dan Auerbach performs with such passion that he's always a treat to photograph.
  5. Needtobreathe
    These guys were one of the biggest surprises for me. I had low expectations and was blown away by their command from the stage.
  6. Ramblin' Jack Elliott
    Woody Guthrie didn't have too many running buddies, but Jack Elliott and Pete Seeger were two of them. I've been blessed to capture both of their images.
  7. Ryan Bingham
    A couple of my favorite concert images don't even feature the artist's face and this photo is one of them.
  8. John Mellencamp
    This was a low-light situation, but sometimes the lighting gods smile down upon you.
  9. The Black Crowea
    Speaking of lighting gods, this frame demonstrates how important properly placed stage lights are to a well-composed concert photo.
  10. Ray LaMontagne
    I've had the good fortune to see Ray perform a number of times and his haunting voice and lyrics hurt me in ways that are difficult to understand.