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RIP my friend Burley Manor Jr.

There is a Go Fund Me page setup by his family to help pay for his burial expenses

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 our beloved Burley J. Manor Jr. passed away. He had been battling several health issues over the past 5 months and was on his way to recovery. Unfortunately he succumbed to complications from Covid-19.

Burley was known in the Austin Music scene and considered by many as an Austin Legend. He was the bass player for a number of bands around the Austin Area. He also played the bass guitar for St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.  Burley was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

The family is asking for assistance during this time to cover the cost of burial expenses. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Burley John Manor, Jr.

My deepest condolences goes out to Burley’s wife, family and all his friends. Burley will be greatly missed but not forgotten. I was so blessed to have known him through Soulman Sam and his Band. Also, I was able to have captured some great moments at the Skylark Lounge through my lens. Rest In Peace Mr. Burley, my friend. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks for the great memories.

There is a Go Fund Me page link below, setup by his family to help pay for his burial expenses – Thank you for your donations.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/burley-j-manor-jr-burial-expenses?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Me and my friend Burley taken at Antones 2019

James Robinson

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, and alumnus of Stax Music Academy, James is an extraordinary old-school crooner on the order of Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, and Donny Hathaway. His songwriting not only reflects his deep catalog of musical influences, it depicts his concern for the historical struggles and triumphs of Black men and women in America – sensibilities that grew from his life in Memphis.

After relocating to Austin, James has made a name for himself on the local scene performing with bands such as Temple Underground and The Bells of Joy, and he recently performed a concert with Sinbad the comedian. He is currently touring with Bobby Sparks, the master jazz/soul keyboardist of Grammy Award winning jazz group Snarky Puppy and late jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove’s band RH Factor.  He has also been working with trumpet master Hannibal Lokumbe’s Healing Tones Jazz Workshop.  He has performed at the Orpheum Theatre and New Daisy of Memphis, the legendary Bitter End and Rockwood Music hall in NYC, The Black Cat Jazz Club in San Francisco, and premier venues in Austin TX including the Continental Club, Stubbs, ACL , Antone’s and the Moody Theater. Throughout his career James has opened for Dwele (an international neo-soul singer), Blues legends Bobby Blue Bland and Bobby Rush, and rock & roll legendary band Living Color.

His music is influenced by a combination of jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, funk and alternative rock. He has been featured on albums by keys virtuoso Bobby Sparks, guitar legend Eric Johnson (EJ ) Singer Jennifer Warnes (“Another Time, Another Place”), jazz virtuoso Drummer Brannen Temple (New Dawn), Texas Gospel group The Bells of Joy, Hip Hop recording artist Free Sol (11:11), Trumpeter David Young (Silver Back), Smooth Jazz recording artist Kim Waters (Rhythm & Romance).

https://www.officialjamesrobinsonmusic.com/

How I got my start in Music Art photography

What made me get into music photography and photo art?

I was doing landscape, travel and family photography for my personal use and friends.

I got into music photography and Photography art, by going to the Skylark lounge by myself on Sunday to hear Soulman Sam sing R&B and taking pictures. I would send my cool photos to the musicians so they could post them on their multi media to help promote their career.I did a few pictures on Canvas to give to them or donating to a memorial fund or just giving them as a surprise present.

I figured that the musicians give their heart and soul into what they love to do and I figured I would give my heart and soul giving back to what I love to do. Through all of this I have made many new friends and I’m able to freeze the moment in time to give back.

We are all on this earth for a short period of time and what we do in between that time is what matters.

Musicians all over the world are not paid enough for their talented and hard work they do. I believe the State of Texas also other states and cities should do more to help their musicians for the revenue hotels, restaurants, bars and retail sales from the music Industry that it brings in.

Thank you Ryan Howard, I love you for allowing me to share your life with me to capture this beautiful music through my lens.

Thank you James Robinson for me to capture some of my greatest music photos and being my #1 supporter of my pictures.

I captured some great Bobby Sparks pictures at the One To One Bar in Austin.

Soulman Sam

I took these pictures of Soulman Sam Evans. I first meet him and his wife in Austin at the Skylark.

Sam (Soulman Sam) Evans – Born in Memphis, Tennessee – March 14, 1948, is one of the most talented and beloved blues, soul and R&B artists in Austin, Texas.

Soul Man Sam Evans started his R&B/Blues Career in Memphis, Tenn. When Sam was younger growing up in Memphis, he use to live with one of the old, old blues singers for about 7 or 8 months, She recorded in the 1920s, Her name was Ma Rainey.

He has performed all over the US. Sam and his wife have lived in Alaska where they met, and Santa Fe then moving to Austin in 2011 while she was transfer as a nurse.

Soul Man has opened up for many great artists as Gladys Knight, James Brown, Ike Turner, Koko Taylor, Jim Belushi

He leads his own band, Soul Man Sam & the SMS Band, and he has also performed with an impressive selection of local bands and musicians, including Blues Boy Hubbard, The Eastside Kings, the Austin Blues All-Stars, Birdlegg, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, Brian Scartocci, and Gary Clark Jr.

Soulman Sam appears regularly at the Skylark Lounge, Antone’s, Continental Club & C-Boys.

He also does private, corporate and wedding events.

His booking schedule is open so book soon)

2018 Austin Blues Society Award Nominee – Best Artist

2018 Austin Blues Society Award Winner – Best Band

https://www.google.com/amp/s/bluesvibe.com/2019/08/28/soul-man-sam-the-singer-the-song-and-the-stage/amp/

http://digital.livingblues.com/publication/?i=564440&article_id=3295192&view=articleBrowser&ver=html5

When Soulman Sam sings he sings from his heart and you can feel it. That’s why I enjoy talking so many pictures of him because I want to try and capture that energy through my lens.

When I Soulman first moved to Austin he alway heard people talking about 6th Street so then he would go there to see

Birdlegg sometimes after I met him on a Wednesday, and on Mondays to see Michael Milligan.

These rules are like the Texas weather

April 22, 2020 – Austin Today started off a hot foggy and muggy day with thunderstorms rolling in. By the end of the day this is what we have. The Texas weather changes as fast as the rules for the do’s and the don’t on this coronavirus. (These numbers just don’t add up) I’m praying for the sick and their families and what they have gone through. For the families not being able to say their goodbyes or not being able to attend their loved ones funeral. Yes the coronavirus is bad but I also believe that the Media plays a roll in this by day after day only talking about how many have died and not reporting the ones like a man in his 90’s that survived that lives in Houston – We need more positive stuff like this. The Media makes it sound like the whole world is going to come to an end. Government made decisions based on false numbers (These numbers just don’t add up) Let’s get back to work before people start dying of starvation, depression, suicide & murder. Use logic in this equation. Saw a cute quote about different states and different rules. It’s like having a peeing section in our community swimming pool. Let’s all work together for one cause “Our Country” #texas #usa #sunset #sunsetview #hillcountry #texaslife #texascoronavirus #cometogether #wethepeople #mycountry #texasproud🇨🇱

Amazing Renowned custom bass builder – Duane Greene

Bass One “Incredible One” Stage two Custom 5 string bass was designed by renowned builder Duane Greene in Austin, TX.

Duane has designed custom basses for players for Prince, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and many more. His basses range from four to 8 strings. He has been building basses since 1985 after a hand injury left him unable to play conventional basses. This ergonomic bass is the only bass approved by a renowned hand surgeon to greatly reduce hand fatigue for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Duane also designed the well known ergonomic bass strap sold by Levy’s.

This bass is the epitome of comfort, style, features, and options galore.

Epitomizing the highest standards quality craftsmanship and precision electric bass construction, for over 30 years Bass One Basses has been instrumental in developing handcrafted electric basses that surpass the limits of the conventional instrument. The Basses are lightweight, well balanced, and extremely comfortable, being developed to work with the human body’s natural design. Bass One Basses incorporates the use of carefully selected handpicked exotic and domestic hardwoods, high quality bass hardware, the most sophisticated user-friendly active electronic circuitry and pickups designed by the top manufacturers of today to create unique voicing available only to Basses of this caliber. Top players and producers have contributed in the 30-year Journey to the understanding of essentials of bass tone necessary to thrive in today’s session, live

playing, and recording markets.

Girls night out


July 6, 2017 – My friend, Ann Attal invited me for a girls night out to  see Diana Ross at ACL . We were at the balcony level and I got some great shots that I will post. Diana Ross looked so beautiful and what a voice. I just love this shot below.

Festival of the dead – Austin, TX


I took these pictures on 6th Street in Austin, Texas.

Below is some interesting facts I got off the internet about this celebration. 

Festival of the Dead or Feast of Ancestors held by many cultures throughout the world in honor or recognition of deceased members of the community, generally occurring after the harvest in August, September, October, or November. 


The Roman Catholic church celebrates three days of Allhallowtide from 31 October to 1 November, marking All Saints’ Eve All Saints’ Day and the second of November as All Souls’ Day. The Mexican holiday celebrated at Hallowtide is called Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead – prior to the Spanish colonisation and the conversion of local people to Christianity, this festival was celebrated in the summer time.
In many cultures a single event, Festival of the Dead, lasting up to 3 days, was held at the end of October and beginning of November; examples include the Peruvians, the Pacific Islanders, the people of the Tonga Islands, the ancient Persians, ancient Romans, and the northern nations of Europe. 
In the Inca religion the entire month of November is ‘Ayamarca’, which translates to Festival of the Dead. The Chinese and Buddhist festival is called Ghost Festival.
In the 21st century, European traditions mark the celebrations of Halloween.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_the_Dead