Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Iowa Falls

Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/29/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/29/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/29/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/29/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
The next night. . .
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Iowa falls, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/30/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Des Moines

Tulsa artist Thomas Self promo poster©10/26/12
We played in Tulsa and then made the long haul up to Leon, IA. We passed through Joplin, MO. Then we passed through the town in northern Missouri where my grandparents lived during my whole life. I thought of my uncle playing bass in that place in the late 1970’s. It is still a trip for me to be in those same footsteps as he and my dad. Hellbound Glory travels around much more though.

It is one bar to another. Stopping for photographs is not considered worth the time, so I grab what I can as we roll along. Right now I’m in central Des Moines, sitting in the shadiest Motel 6 I have ever seen. There only 80 miles to the next show on Tuesday. So I wonder what in central Iowa we will do for 48 hours. Hopefully Iowa Falls will be interesting to wander around in.

I am a bit unsure about the direction of this blog. There is much less time for photography with working in Reno and/or being in this band. But I don’t really want to be the band’s reporter and photographer. Almost no one reads the paragraphs I write, and I don’t really want to mix my worlds too much. Hellbound Glory has very very little to do with my blog for the last three years of photography. At the same time, it has been my experience that bass players are the least recognized guy on stage unless you bounce all around with an upright. So it would be weird to have my perspective about things getting out the fans of the band.

Playing music won’t make you rich, but it is way better than the money I have not seen with my photography. I like traveling around the country and seeing how other folks live. While we are far from our nation’s coast, I hear of the brewing megastorm on the east, and the tsunami scare from couple of Vancouver, BC earthquakes.

All in all we have laughed a lot, argued a lot, driven a lot, and played a lot of music. The odometer reads 2,268. And I’m still not sure where my phone is, but just the car stereo to accept an auxiliary source; which is good since we’re sick of all of the cds that are scratched to hell.

Postscript
Iowa capital building and moon, Des Moines, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/28/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Des Moines, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/28/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Other band gets a flat, Des Moines, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/28/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Sound guy, Des Moines, IA, Andrew D. Barron©10/28/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tulsa

The trip odometer says 1,771. We’ getting ready to play downtown Tulsa. I’ve some instant film, but most of it was tonight in the clear blue day once we made down here.
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Downtown Tulsa has loads of art deco buildings. I stumbled around 3rd-7th streets. It started to get pretty durn cold though. I found a walk-in museum of art deco stuff.
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Art deco mirror, Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]
Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]

The Mercury lounge is a cool place. This could be a fun night. And the polaroids dry . . .
Drying polaroids, Tulsa, OK, Andrew D. Barron©10/26/12 [Iphone 3G, Hipstamatic 190]


Curiously, this older photograph was downloaded with the batch of tonight’s iphone shots. So I’ll include it here to mark the difference in the way things have changed since mid April:
Humbug trail, Curry county, OR, Andrew D. Barron©4/9/12 [Iphone 3G, Vint B&W]

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hellbound Glory: east coast tour, leg two NYC

I had not really planned to get around New York. But here was a brief moment where I thought I had some time to myself. I took the M60 to Harlem, and then took a subway to mid town Manhattan. I wanted to get to a specific place in central park, but I didn’t get close. Here I was headed the wrong way out of Columbus Circle.
333 W. 56th st, west side Manhattan, Andrew D. Barron©10/11/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 4 (FP100C)]
Shortly afterward I was unfortunately on my way to Williamsburg, repeatedly taking the wrong direction on the subway. That part sucked.
Somewhere on Broadway (1700+), west side Manhattan, Andrew D. Barron©10/11/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 5 (FP100C)]
I got off in Brooklyn as directed, but as usual, went the wrong way carrying my instrument and luggage. Finally, we all met up at a bar called Matchless I think.
Bar bathroom self portrait, Brooklyn NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/11/12 [Fuji Instax 210 (Instax wide)]
And sat around some more before heading out for another diner meal. Our waitress Jo was great to talk to about Brooklyn pride and such. We made our way down to about 7th and Union where we stayed the night. The next day Leroy had a photo/video shoot starting at the famous custom motorcycle shop, Indian Larry’s. We walked from there to the East River waterfront. It was a really beautiful day.
East river water front, Brooklyn NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/12/12 [Fuji Instax 210 (Instax wide)]
East river water front, Brooklyn NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/12/12 [Fuji Instax 210 (Instax wide)]
Sneaking in my first digital shot in a long time . . .
Rico and Leroy of Hellbound Glory, East river water front, Brooklyn NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/12/12 [iphone 3g/Hipstamatic 190]
Afterwards we had to double back on the subway. While down there:
Across the tracks below Brooklyn, Andrew D. Barron©10/11/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 5 (FP100C)]
That is about half the shots I wanted to post for this entry, but we are leaving for a midwest tour later today, so that will have to wait.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hellbound Glory: east coast tour, leg one

This blog was written after I got back to Reno looking at the 60 polaroids I shot on tour. There will be plenty of pictures shortly as I get to scanning the road-worn instant photographs.
Somewhere between Dallas and NYC at 33,000 feet, Andrew D. Barron©10/6/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 3 shot 4 (FP100C)]

The tour was a broadly a 1,000-mile figure eight, centered on Manhattan. It began with a flight to La Guardia, a white rental Jeep and a drive through New Jersey to Delhi NY.
Somewhere between Dallas and NYC at 33,000 feet, Andrew D. Barron©10/6/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 3 shot 5 (FP100C)]
We hung out in the cool Shire Pub where we watched the Deadstring Brothers. At the end of the night we drove to Oneonta for the Super 8 and Denny’s breakfast. The next day we returned to Delhi and drove through the 1870 Fitches covered bridge over the west branch of the Delaware River for soundcheck and then played a set under the red and white tent.
Taste of the Catskills, Andrew D. Barron©10/7/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 3 shot 8 (FP100C)]
Our friend Todd Russell was great to us and the down-home feel of the Taste of The Catskills was a downright wholesome experience. I got another Fuji Instax 210 for the trip. Here is the first shot with it, from the stage. These prints got beat up on the road, even though I put them into sleeves right away.
Rico and Leroy onstage at the Taste of the Catskills, Andrew D. Barron©10/7/12 [Fuji Instax 210 (Instax wide)]
Taste of the Catskills, Andrew D. Barron©10/7/12 [Fuji Instax 210 (Instax wide)]
Immediately after our set, we drove to Pawlet Vermont to a venue called The Barn. The scallops I had were amazing. The crowd was enthusiastic and we had a great time. Our friend JD hooked us up with his gear for all of us. Later that night we crashed at his place and hung out with the Pawlet locals until very late. There was a whole bluegrass ensemble of instruments including an old snakehead Gibson mandolin I had a great time playing. It was cold in Vermont.
West Pawlet Vermont, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 3 shot 8 (FP100C)]
Gas stop, Salem VT. This barn is at Main and McDougall streets. While waiting around here, a lady pulled into the cramped parking area on the south side and slowly but surely backed her gray SUV into one of the huge boulders around the parking lot perimeter. Though we warned her repeatedly, all we could do was shake our heads.
South Vermont barn, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 3 shot 8 (FP100C)]
Dunkin Donuts 1133 NY29, Greenwich NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 1 (FP100C)]
The next day we made our way to New Paltz, NY.
Super 8 foliage, New Paltz, NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 2 (FP100C)]
There we had an impromptu show (booked that day) at Snug Harbor with the scheduled band, Cutthroat Shamrock.(Print was too dusty to worry about saving))
Cutthroat Shamrock, Snug Harbor, New Paltz, NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Instax 210: shot 6]
We met some nice folks, including large format photographer Gilbert. Unfortunately a drunken Indian accidentally knocked him to the ground and he left before we got too far in the photographer-geek-out talk.
Anya, Leroy, Gilbert, Snug Harbor, New Paltz, NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Instax 210: shot 7]
There was some interesting experiences with the local law enforcement. Afterwards Rico and I went to the New Paltz diner and met a cool waitress. (Cali from New Jersey living in New York after Nebraska). She told us about evaluating menfolk; I had one plus mark for “hot activity” but a negative mark for “playing with rocks.”
Plaza Diner, New Paltz, NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/9/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 4 shot 3 (FP100C)]
Another Super 8 and diner breakfast-at-noon later, we made our way to La Guardia to return the Jeep, which we had easily turned into a raunchy touring van in just three days. None of us were familiar with New York so we stayed next door at the Comfort Inn. But we had to get to Avatar studios for some vocal overdubs with engineer Charlie Kramsky. We caught the M60 bus, and a nice gentleman named Miles helped us get onto subway in Harlem. It is cool how people help each other, especially if you look really lost and dirty. Our manager Darren Hagen met us at Columbus circle and took us to the studio.
Leroy in the isolation booth, Avatar Studios, NY, Andrew D. Barron©10/10/12 [Instax 210: shot 7]
After that, we checked out the venue of the planned after-party at Zirzamin.

Friday, October 5, 2012

In The Studio

We rehearsed the week before.
Leroy and the Hollywood Harmony, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/28/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 1 shot 8 (FP100C)]
Hellbound Glory spent two days in the studio with engineer Tom Gordon. Shooter Jennings flew out from Nashville and produced the sessions. We put down seven songs at Imirage studios.
Tom Gordon@Imirage Studio, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/29/12 [Polaroid Spectra (Imposible PZ 680 Color Shade cool)]
I was pretty glad for the old stock of Sylvania flashbulbs that came with my ebay 330, but also found they were best at distances of 6 feet or less.
Shooter and Leroy in the studio, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/29/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 1 shot 9 (FP100C)]
Shooter put up a quick video he filmed with his Mac.

Our first day recording was also the 30th birthday of the studio itself. That was neat to celebrate with them, even if I out of the frame.
iMirage Studios 30th birthday with Hellbound Glory, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/29/12 [Land Camera 330:Pack 1 shot 10 (FP100C)]
There are some other shots in the Hellbound Glory newsletter, like this one:
Hellbound Glory at iMirage Studios, Jenn Bowers©9/29/12
We rushed out of the session to play a show in downtown Reno. I don’t think another person could have fit in the club. It was a great homecoming for the boys. Shooter Jennings joined us for some of his dad’s tunes, notably Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way. At the end of our sets, he and I did a few songs. I hadn’t played with Shooter before, but I was into the rocking version of Steve Young’s White Trash Song and Bob Dylan’s Isis.

We were back in the early afternoon the next day. I loaded up my second pack of Impossible film, PZ600 Silver Shade cool. I found this film more difficult to use, with most shots coming out too dark. Perhaps the flash is not all that powerful either.
Leroy in the studio, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/30/12 [Polaroid Spectra (Imposible PZ 600 Silver Shade cool)]
I began playing bass with Leroy in 2005. My gear is pretty much off the shelf and not boutique by any means: Fender Pro 400 head and 15” cabinet. The recordings came out with some great big tone. We put our heads together and Tom put a small diaphragm condenser mic about 1/3 in from the surrounds of the speaker. He also ran a direct input.

When I started, I used my Dad’s Mustang bass, but there was something wrong with the pickup windings. So I picked up a then-new 2005 Fender Highway 1 Jazz and customized it by removing the tone knobs and separate volume controls. I replaced the stock pickups with some Seymour Duncans (though I no longer recall which ones), and put a Leo Quan Badass II bridge. I have only played with flatwound strings.
Andrew in the studio, accidental double exposure, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/30/12 [Polaroid Spectra (Imposible PZ 600 Silver Shade cool)]
My new work with Hellbound Glory has a strong influence of upright bass approach, a core element of their live shows for the last five years. The scrutiny of studio recording is much different than the live stuff I have been doing for years now. But it came together well. Playing fretted whole notes that ring out clearly, but not over each other, is where most of my work is. In the studio, there is a lot of hard-to-explain nuance with timing. You want things to gel and groove and generally just feel appropriate. Though the songs are pretty short, there is a funny kind of time expansion that happens for me while tracking. The tiniest thing can feel like a big problem, but you have to keep powering on since everyone was tracked live.

At the last hour, Shooter put some piano parts using the beautiful Steinway Imirage has in their keep.
Shooter on the Steinway, Reno, NV, Andrew D. Barron©9/30/12 [Polaroid Spectra (Imposible PZ 600 Silver Shade cool)]



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