Category Archives: Texas

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

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.


Muleshoe Bend near Austin, Texas

April 16, 2015 – Texas Bluebonnet (Muleshoe Bend)

This year has been one of the best years to capture the beauty of the bluebonnets in Texas.

Living in Austin has made it the perfect place to explore the back roads of Central Texas. I try to get an early start as I head out on my journey getting into my truck to drive no farther than 1 hour any direction to capture some of the most incredible photograph of this beautiful state of Texas.

I’m off again to my next adventure. Stay tuned as we explore the backroads of Texas.