Briefcase Full of Blues.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Briefcase Full of Blues, a Blues Brothers tribute band, took the stage at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 31 for their homage to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s legendary blues act. 

Opening up the Blues Brothers tribute act on Friday night in Ignacio, Colorado, Briefcase Full of Blues made a grand entry in a replica of the iconic Bluesmobile from the classic film. 

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Revisiting Waylon on the Benjamin Miracord.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Vinyl records have always been a part of my life, but never more so than in those eternal college years. A living room scatted with unsleeved records, liner notes and half empty bottles of Shiner Bock was not an uncommon sight come Sunday morning. The music was the fuel. The Miracord turntable with it’s heavy wooden base said something about style.
This past weekend I had a great opportunity to visit the owner of that very turntable, a stand up individual and very close friend of mine, Dave Pike. Leafing through some of the very same records we played in our twenties, cold beers turned to empty bottles and the piles of music began to stack up as the night turned the corner into morning.
The warm sound of Willie Nelson and his Outlaws, crisp guitar cuts from Joan Jett, or the depth of each and every track from Pink Floyd’s Animals….Vinyl is simply better.
So where am I going with this post, and what does it have to do with photography? Nothing, and everything at once I suppose. We as artists, photographers and observers can not underestimate the value and influence of great music. We can also recognize the recipe for a quality time, memories made, and the value of revisiting them throughout our lifetime.
The picture above took a few minutes, but for me it captured more than a decade of memories.
Thanks DP. Waylon would have done it that way.

Gathering of Nations: Stage 49

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
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I had the opportunity to cover the Gathering of Nations this year, along with the music venues held each year at stage “49”…
– Awesome experience!
One of my favorite performances came from Levi Platero, a Navajo guitarist of acclaimed talent. The show was impressive, and the stage lighting provided all that was necessary to capture this artistic moment…Enjoy the image!
Cheers, Jeremy

Public Enemy No.1

Photo credit: Public

It is safe to say that no other music group has moved me in the way that Public Enemy has. Frontman Chuck D, and Flava Flav have been bringing serious energy to thier music for over twenty years. My first album, purchased years ago, Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black, is a powerhouse of rhymes, beats and political charge.

Very rarely will I take a post out of photography to express my own interest, yet I feel that the message is valuable.

Public Enemy is a tour de force. An expression of political magnitude, and one of the first and most influential voices in Rap music as we know it today…

Filling my own airspace for the past week has been the beats of Publics Enemy’s “New Whirl Odor”, easily one of the hardest hitting albums of the groups career. A powerhouse of beats and rhymes, this album brings back the very essence and energy that defined Public Enemy in the late 80’s, early 90’s.

Relevancy is the topic here, and for any one with a pinch et for hard hitting music, I suggest you take a second look at the musical influence of Public Enemy.

Editors Note: Images for this post were made available through Google Images, Public

Indigenous Gathering in the Heart of Coban.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Expect the unexpected. As a traveler I lived by this mantra, as a photojournalist even more so.

Having traversed much of Guatemala by bus and boat, we landed in the Colonial City of Coban, in the heart of Guatemala, hoping to take a couple days respite before pushing north into the Peten Region. The colonial cities of South and Central America have always held my imagination, for their age, character, and historical significance, something that one can by no means avoid noticing. Cobblestone streets and battered storefronts, a plaza central with its beautiful, haggard and resilient plumage, the Catholic Churches surrounded by stately government buildings, architectural indicators of a past glory.

For all of the above reasons, I was more than eager to set out into the streets of Coban, as the day cooled and evening set in.

It was by good fortune that we arrived in the days leading up to an annual indigenous gathering held in the plaza each year, drawing artist, musicians, and dancers from all the far flung regions of the Mayan world, and particularly those from the heartland of Guatemala itself. This sort of energy and excitement is what drives me as a photographer, and the opportunities to connect with people and create instant relationships become very real.

This young man of Mayan decent, is a jeweler and a musician. I had visited with him and his travelling companions earlier in the day, photographed their public performance, a vibrant, spontaneous tribute to those singing and dancing on the street corner.

This image was captured much later, a more personal moment, one I was able to share as an outsider having gained a certain degree of trust in the early hours of the cultural celebration.

When you photograph around people do you set out to make immediate photographs or do you use the camera to create relationships, perhaps cultivating a more intimate image over time?


Jessie Bridges On Guitar.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Street Photography will always surprise- the right time, right place. This is the idea right.

I found myself in the company of Jessie Bridges just off the plaza in Santa Fe where she preformed her latest record to a crowd already warmed up by the likes of Jeff Bridges who played a benefit concert in the neighboring Lensic theater as a follow up to his epic performance in the film Crazy Heart.

Setting out into Santa Fe each evening- camera in hand, mind open- this is street photography. The product is not as much the photos but rather the moments of experience that created them.

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Embrace the unexpected!!