Don’t go into the forest with Silvio! Whether you know him best as Silvio Dante from the Sopranos, Little Steven of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Frank Tagliano from Lilyhammer, or the inmate that accompanies Kurt Russell’s Santa cellblock band in my new favourite festive film, The Christmas Chronicles, Steven Van Zandt has had a long and varied career for sure. I didn’t know what to expect when I went up to Manchester to photograph Steven on tour with his own band, The Disciples of Soul, but was happy to be greeted by a rock & roll gypsy! The band put on an amazing show with a huge sound – the walls were shaking!
Here’s a fun feature I shot at home with Steve Lamacq for Long Live Vinyl magazine. What a lovely, down-to-earth chap! We had a good chat and he showed me around some of his collection including his rare Manic Street Preachers goodies (which was an unexpected treat for this Blackwood girl) and the ever growing pile of album demos that get sent to him daily. I wonder if he’s reached the bottom of the pile yet…
Rolling my camera bag along the clanging metal walkways of the dark, half underground service entrance to a Bristol superclub, I thought this was such an unusual venue for an LA based rhythm and blues band. Inside the floor was sticky, the air was hazy and Vintage Trouble were on stage sound checking something dirty & soulful. I knew this would be a good shoot! Nalle Colt was so gracious with his time – take a look at the full interview in Guitar Magazine. It’s a really interesting piece about how he approached his songwriting while quite literally stranded on an island with only two guitars and amps. Thankfully he’s able to bring a bit more gear on tour so we also shot his Gretsch Duo Jet custom built by Stephen Stern – that was fun to see having not long visited Stephen in the Gretsch Custom Shop myself. The gig was amazing, the band’s energy is intense! Nalle was an absolute professional and a pleasure to photograph… of course, those Scandinavian cheekbones are so easy to light!
Check out the latest issue of The Guitar Magazine for more of my fifteen minutes with Phoebe Bridgers in a sticky bar booth somewhere in the depths of Bristol Thekla. If you’re not sure who she is yet, take a look at this video for Motion Sickness – the post-sunset, blue-hour light as she rides the scooter through Los Angeles is just perfect.
“Insomniaaaa!” A few months back I joined Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose of Feeder at John Henry’s in London where they were rehearsing for their upcoming festival dates. A Newport girl and a Newport band! It was an afternoon of beaten up Jazzmasters, Telecasters and custom basses, scuffed & taped & toured to death, and Jack Nicholson’s face blindfolded in a sea of golden sparkle. We shot outdoors against the London bricks and were entertained by the muffled sound of another band practising in a studio next door… I think it was Travis! Oh to go back in time and tell my 14 year old self what I would be up to these days!