Top Tour Moment of 2020
Historically speaking, this post should be choc-full of vibrant, colorful photographs recapping my favorite moments from the last tour. This year, however, much like the last… is wildly different. This single moment backstage is the only one from 2020 that matters. It is a defining moment that I will always remember.
This band huddles up for a pre-show ritual, called an “OOOH GIRL”, before each and every show. I only ever put my hand in to physically participate once during my 7+ years on the road with them (on my 40th birthday). Otherwise I have documented every single one of the seemingly thousands of these that I was present for. While this photograph aptly symbolizes the uncertainty of what was on the horizon… what really makes it unique is that unbeknownst to me at the time… this would be the last photograph of this tradition that I would make. Due to circumstance, this wound up being the last show of the tour, and shortly thereafter… the world shut down due to COVID-19. Amidst that shut down, my time on the road with Zac Brown Band came to an end.
During my tenure with this band I grew as an artist in ways that I never could have imagined, and experienced the world in an unfathomable way. I am eternally grateful for every waking second of it. There wasn’t much sleep along the way… so there are A LOT of those seconds to be thankful for! It is impossible to ever truly put into words. I will likely spend the rest of my life trying to fully comprehend the experience and articulate that gratitude.
A special thanks to Brit Turner for referring me, to Cole Cassell for hiring me, and to Diego Pernía for taking things to another level. A massive, MASSIVE thanks to Zac, Hop, Jimmy, Coy, Clay, Danny, Chris, and Matt for entrusting me, carte blanche, to document and ultimately represent Zac Brown Band through visual storytelling how I saw fit. It was an enormous responsibility that I never once took lightly. And a special heartfelt thanks to the entire road crew who made the past 7+ years SO wildly unforgettable. I am forever indebted to each and every one of you for such unparalelled camaraderie and for every single amazing memory along the way.