Post Pickathon Post

© Tim LaBarge 2008 I’m not sure I can say there was one moment or one set of music that made Pickathon memorable this year. It’s more about the many moments, the many slices of time that seem to make the whole weekend melt into a fog of pleasure. It rained off and on Friday […]

Letter to home

© Tim LaBarge 2008 The music festival Pickathon is just a few days away. It’s an amazing collection of good musicians, good people in a tranquil setting. It’s one of the highlights of the year for me. It’s one of those draining weekends where there’s so much happening, you almost need counseling to recover and […]

The desk job

© Tim LaBarge 2008 I had this gigantic wooden office desk sitting in the driveway with a free sign on it last week. I had tried to sell it during a yard sale with no luck. Then late Sunday eve, I heard a car stop and a guy’s voice chatting away. I wanted the desk […]


© Tim LaBarge 2008 The past couple of days have been a pleasant blur of activity. Little Jack turned one. We celebrated that little milestone twice in the past couple days – and since the doctor gave us a ‘birth month’ instead of a ‘due date,’ we might as well celebrate several more times. © […]

Avetts in Portland

Scott and Seth Avett brought their raucous, rocking, folky chaos to the Crystal Ballroom on this past Thursday. Jessica Lea Mayfield opened. It’ll be nice to see her in a cool little room like the barn at this year’s Pickathon. She has an amazing voice. Two years ago at Pickathon, the Avett Brothers surprised the […]

Studio session

I had the pleasure of photographing blues man Lloyd Jones, pianist Janice Scroggins and drummer Carlton Jackson the other night at Mississippi Studios…Great little set in a cool little venue. © Tim LaBarge 2008

Nicole Atkins

This show surprised me the other night…Other than her myspace tunes, I didn’t know much about Ms. Atkins. Beautiful voice, good stories, sweet shoes and great musicians onstage. The Oregonian’s Luciana Lopez said nice things…see that here. © Tim LaBarge 2008

Eighty-one and counting

I had a brief encounter with longevity on Saturday night. Eartha Kitt performed here in town and I photographed some of the performance for the Oregonian’s Monday morning review. Plenty has been written and spoken of the fabulous Ms. Kitt…I won’t even try. I’m just excited (still) that I had the chance to see what […]


It’s still six months away, but the buzz has already started. The folks at Pickathon are planning another great party with a great line up. Some of these characters you’ll recognize if you’ve attended the past couple of years. Kelly Joe Phelps Langhorne Slim Martha Scanlan Sassparilla all images © Tim LaBarge 2007 And of […]

Living Legend

A gentle wisp of a vocal was coming from Del McCoury as he played a little warm-up tune just behind the stage at the RiverCity Bluegrass Festival this past Saturday. Moments later, he led his band on stage and played an amazing set of music… © Tim LaBarge 2008