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Post Pickathon 2013

Post Pickathon 2013

The writer Pete Brook posed a question last year at Pickathon¬†for a Wired.com story: What makes a good music photograph?¬†I’m quoted in the story, and yet, a year later and another Pickathon in the books, I still don’t know the answer. But last weekend, as I scurried around and split my time making pictures, managing […]


T-Model Ford

T-Model Ford

My boys call each other Chicken Head sometimes when they’re arguing. I don’t really know if it’s an insult or not, so I let it slide. It could be worse. Their choice of words always reminds me of seeing blues man T-Model Ford work the crowd into a trance as he howled an extended version […]


Post Pickathon Post 2012

Post Pickathon Post 2012

The Barr Brothers on the Starlight Stage Here we are again. It’s been more than a week since Pickathon and I haven’t quite figured out what to say about the whole thing. It happens to me every year. But time passes and moments emerge. I was at some dear friends’ wedding the other night at […]


Pickathon 2012 – Now it begins

Pickathon 2012 - Now it begins

I’ve been watching and photographing the build up to Pickathon for the past two weeks, but it really only hit me last night that it’s about to happen. This amazing collaboration of talent will explode into action tomorrow. And though I’ve been saying “I can’t wait” for months, it’s only now that I really mean […]


Pickathon: Influence and Inspiration

Pokey LaFarge on the Mountain View Stage A couple of nights ago, the boys and I were listening to a live John Hartford album before dinner. “Papa, do you think these guys will ever come to Pickathon?” Leo, 6, asked. “No, that’s not possible,” I said, hoping the conversation would shift. “Why not?” said Jack, […]


Post Pickathon Post :: 2011

Lee Fields in the Galaxy Barn This year’s Pickathon music festival ended early Monday morning, more than three days ago. It’s been a crazy couple of days of clean up, downloading, more clean up, editing, visiting with friends and family and going out to see even more music. During Future Islands late night performance in […]


Pickathon: It’s On!

Multiple times this week, I set out to put up a post about some of the awesome assignments and projects I’ve been working on. It’s been a great summer. But this is the peak right here…today Pickathon starts and I guess I can’t really think about anything else. Pickathonography is here, and people are saying […]


Pickathon Book To Arrive Soon

We were out camping over the weekend and I asked my friend for a section of her New York Times she’d been reading in her tent so I could light the fire. She smiled and said that she’d been reading it on her Kindle. We’re living in a time when bookstores are being shuttered by […]


Pickathon Posters: A menagerie of art

Travis at Furturtle comes up with a new twist on the Pickathon art each year. Trippy two-headed sheep one year, a noble bull the next. This is a plug for one of the rewards in the ongoing Kickstarter campaign that will help fund Pickathonography Vol. 1. I really just wanted to remind folks just how […]


Pickathon book on Kickstarter

Pickathonography Volume One click on the image to go to the Kickstarter page This is five years in the making and forty-five days in the search for funding. My friend Patrick Barber and I are weaving together a bunch of images, stories from music writers and essays from past Pickathon musicians and making a book. […]