Dirty rock & roll to get your bones moving – that’s what it’s all about! Back in 2017 I had no idea who Rival Sons were but they came onstage at Download Festival and I was utterly hypnotised by their big fuzzy riffs and the raw emotion that soared through Jay’s vocals. I didn’t even take photos for the first half a song, I just stood in the pit soaking it up! After meeting the guys for a Guitar.com shoot over a year later I was invited to their upcoming gig at the Camden Roundhouse. I made it back to the UK just in time and with a JD & Coke to fight the jet lag, hit the photo pit. You MUST see this band on their Feral Roots tour!
Five minutes with Nathaniel Rateliff (& the Night Sweats) in a service corridor at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Sometimes that’s all you need when someone is this photogenic and the guitar tech is rapid with the gear! Bang bang bang! Check out Guitar.com for a rig rundown and interview with Nathaniel. If you somehow haven’t come across this band yet, check out their appearance on Jimmy Fallon playing S.O.B – the performance that prompted Paul McCartney himself to call Fallon and ask, “Who was that guy?!”
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!