Before we made it to Flint, we stopped Cumulus Radio in Toledo, Ohio where the band had a radio interview with K100.Paul was having funEven more fun once we left, hahahaIt was back to the bus and back on the road until we arrived at the Machine Shop in Flint, MichiganSince we had time to kill, we went across the street to check out a consignment store, and stumbled upon this crazy mall that had it’s hallways adorned with an insane amount of wild stuff. Stuff like this old robot that once answered questions about Ford Motor Cars and a suit from Red PlanetThis chiseled-looking bicyclist sculpture, and a life-sized C3P0. There were also a life-sized Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, and R2D2. I could probably fill an entire post with the plethora of wild stuff thereMy favorite was a life-sized likeness of E.T… just hanging out at the mall. Probably looking for Reese’s PiecesAfter our stint in the crazy mall, we grabbed a bite and headed back to the bus where Charlie was messing around on the guitarThe band pretty much had the night off, and only came through Flint to see their friend, Randy Houser. That didn’t stop Charlie from getting on stage for a song with Whitey Morgan!rnStay tuned for more as we make our way to Detroit!
I had a chance to hit the road with the boys from Blackberry Smoke for a week while they played shows en route to two sold-out shows with Kid Rock. I went along to document video footage from the road, backstage, on-stage, etc.This is the tour bus the band calls home. This was my first time on a bus like this, which was pretty awesome! It was tough to get used to sleeping when the bus was in motion, but it was super-comfortable.The driver, Rusty, was a cool guy that took great pride in what he did. He was always washing, shining, and polishing the bus when we were stopped.First stop was Indianapolis, for a gig at a HUGE week-long fair. First thing I saw when I looked out of the bus was this equally enormous sculptured likeness of Grant Wood’s American Gothic.I wandered around the fair until they were slated to be on-stage. I went for a tractor-ride around the fairgrounds that took about 45 minutes to get me back where I started.There was a huge lot of vintage tractors. The fair had a whole commerce section of the fair revolved around farming and agricultureOld versus new. There was also an area of the fair specializing in the sale of windmillsAfter a brief sound-check, the band had a radio interview on-site with WFMS. My lens was way to long to shoot in the mobile-station, so I shot from outside where you could still hear the broadcast. Richard told me I was number one. He was right! The great thing about shooting this band, is that I’ve known some of the band members for 9 years… so everyone was themselves. No awkward vibes having some random dude wielding a camera in their facesThey hit the stage and played a great set, despite the scorching heat. I got a ton of great footage from the showA mother and son soaking in the music. I always enjoy the family vibe at fairs like thisYou can see it all around you… young and oldAfter the show, they had a police escort to sign autographs for the fansrnAfterward, we wandered around the fairgrounds in search of deep fried bacon… and we found it. The lady was kind enough to let us have it for free. She insisted we try it with gravy, but we were all kinda like… enough is enough. Regardless… Kev was pretty excited!rnI ate enough to say that I’ve tried it (read: one bite). Once our indigestion settled a bit, it was off to Flint, Michigan for a Machine Shop visit to see the band’s friend Randy Houser… then onto Detroit. More to come, so stay tuned!
Rod asked me if I would like to write a ‘Guest Blog’ on Speedhunters, which is now live on the site! Carlos “Panda” Richard and Cody “Coco” Wellons helped me immensely with the photography for the feature. We shot the car inside the walls of Oakland Cemetary, which is as visually stunning as it is historically significant.Big thanks to Carlos and Cody for the snaps, and to Rod for the opportunity!Click to read the feature on Speedhunters.com