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Larry Joe Taylor 2014 Day 1.

We are finally back for one of the greatest weeks of the year… Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival! Day 1 started off beautifully and we are in full swing! The fans are coming out by the truckloads and so are the ice chests. I can’t wait to photograph the entire 5 day event. Here are some pics I captured of Larry Joe Taylor, Deryl Dodd, Dave Perez of the Tejas Brothers, Mike McClure, Bart Crow Band and Kevin Fowler from yesterday. If you’re out at LJT2014 give us a shout and share your photos!

 

Stay safe and hydrated everyone!

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Sharing and Collective Creativity

This entry may be horribly incongruent & scattered, and I apologize for that. Coffee & stuff. Also typos.

I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I’ve been thinking about where it comes from, how to stimulate it, how to harness it… all kinds of things. This has led me to reading interesting articles & books, to watching YouTube videos, to drawing, to writing, to creating music. I tend to post a lot of these things I’m doing online. Sharing them with the public as if they should have some kind of interest. Only after reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, did I realize that that has somehow become a weird part of my creative process…

Early in the book, Kleon states:

Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. These people aren’t schmoozing at cocktail parties; they’re too busy for that. They’re cranking away in their studios, their laboratories, or their cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and hoarding their work, they’re open about what they’re working on, and they’re consistently posting bits and pieces of their work, their ideas, and what they’re learning online. Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it – for fellowship, feedback, or patronage.

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LJT Campsite Jams

ljt0830(photo credit: Joni Beard)

We are teaming up with our friends over at TXRDR.com to bring you the best of what makes LJT special each year:  those unique and magical acoustic moments around campfires.  The guitar pulls that last until sunrise and feature some kid you’ve never heard of singing his heart out right alongside someone who headlined the mainstage earlier the previous day.  The feeling of community and spiritual harmony that is found in these instances can’t be matched and we’re stoked to be joining forces with the TXRDR boys to bring you the best of the best.  We’ll be cultivating a special set of campsite jam sessions Thursday-Saturday nights.  We did this in the past with Mandatory FM to great acclaim and aim to recreate that magic.  Drop by and say hi after the mainstage shuts down.  It’s gonna be a scene not to be missed!… Keep Reading

2014 LSM Award Nominees

The  nominees for the 2014 Lone Star Music Awards were announced this morning.  You can vote once per email address by clicking HERE.
We are humbled and honored that once again, Greenfest was chosen as a nominee for Festival of the Year.  The entire field of nominees in each category are filled with special people, songs, events and albums, we are lucky to be included in such amazing company.

Album Of The Year 
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
Randy Rogers Band – Trouble
Shinyribs – Gulf Coast Museum
Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War
William Clark Green – Rose Queen

Country Album Of The Year 
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Cheater’s Game
Chris King – 1983
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
Kyle Park – Beggin’ For More
Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain
Zane Williams – Overnight Success

Americana/Roots-Rock Album Of The Year 
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Quaker City Night Hawks – Honcho
Reckless Kelly – Long Night Moon
Shinyribs – Gulf Coast Museum
Sons Of Fathers – Burning Days
Thieving Birds – Gold Coast
William Clark Green – Rose Queen

Singer-Songwriter/Folk Album Of The Year 
Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves
Drew Kennedy – Wide Listener
Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You
Owen Temple – Stories They Tell
Patty Griffin – American Kid
Slaid Cleaves

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