Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Onward

Accidental shot walking into walmart, Madisonville, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/27/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
(accidental photo)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kuttawa

I was going to hang out in Henderson, but Mark and Monica had one last adventure for me and took me down to Kuttawa, Kentucky where their boat is. This little gem caught my eye as we walked down to the boats. What follows is a whole bunch of pictures from my first time around a bunch of boats like this. I was having a lot of thoughts about my time in the Nashville area in the fall of 2008, this one from 9/17/2008 comes to mind.
Hu-B Marina, Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
This boat was a work of art. It is for sale, and is called the Mallard, with Biloxi Mississippi painted on the stern. There was a book inside called Life on the Mississippi.
Mallard from Biloxi, MS: Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Mallard from Biloxi, MS: Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The spiral staircase down to the state room.
Mallard from Biloxi, MS: Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Here’s me and Monica.
Mallard from Biloxi, MS: Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Then we cruised by to see the historic prison.
Kentucky state prison from Kuttawa, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Kentucky state prison from Kuttawa, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Hu-B Marina, Lake Barkley, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Salem Illinois Bluegrass

Look at this yard sale find!
Kodak film cup, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
I well remember trying to photograph things in Evansville back in 2007/08. The mess of powerlines in flat cities often grabs my attention.
Green River & Washington, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Early the next morning, the Kings Highway band met up in Henderson for the two hour drive to Salem Illinois. I hadn’t seen Josh in almost five years. I was super-documentarian when I met all these guys back in 2007; you can review here (from 9//2007). We got there early. The park was full of old walnut trees and oaks.
Walnut trees in the park at Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Walnut trees in the park at Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Our green room.
Broken toilets, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Just kidding. There wasn’t a green room. The stage clothes hung from a tree. I spotted this feller.
Long legged spider, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
It’s an honor to play with Mark and his band Kings Highway. That’s Mark at left, and Chris back there, who plays a mean Kentucky thumb-style guitar.
Mark, Chris, Andrew: Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Mary Rachel, Mark, Mike, Andrew: Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
This festival is about the same size as Bower’s Mansion back home in Reno. The first set was a little loose, but it was also burning up in the sun under tent. We have another show in 2 1/2 hours.

So we laid low and watched David Davis (Cleo Davis’s son), then Phillip Steinmetz with Robert Montgomery.
Evening set, Kings Highway bluegrass band, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The evening show was a blast. I surprised myself and played walking bass through a version of Jump, Jive and Wail. After the show the boys from a local band from Effingham came up. This is Caleb from Firebox pickin’ my mandolin.
Misty the Sunny Tennessean, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Caleb from Firebox plays the Lebeda, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]

Friday, August 23, 2013

Car Show

The dang bridge again. This time I shot straight overhead out of a convertible Mazda Miata.
Bridge over the Ohio, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/22/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
This one is a different one; it’s for trains only.
Train bridge over the Ohio, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/22/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
We had dinner on the Ohio river front.
Ohio riverfront, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/22/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The famous John James Audubon is a beloved historical figure here in Henderson. His first enterprise was a mill, which didn’t turn out well. He ended up in debtors prison, and if I’m not mistaken, he moved elsewhere to begin his famous career as and ornithologist and painter of birds.
Audubon’s mill stone, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/22/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Before noon I was surprised to be headed once again to Evansville. This time it was for a car show called the Frog Follies, which caters to pre-1949 hot rods. It was mostly just hot as hell.
61 Impala, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The battery life in my iphone is pretty terrible, and in the bright sun, I was having a tough time seeing the screen. Shooting blind like that, I framed most of the car shots poorly. But when I went in close, things are more reliable for me (since they are abstractions anyway).
Schwinn Hollywood, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The magneto mechanism in this old Ford is something I never really knew about before today. It is a precursor to a distributor. Those three pedals all next to each other probably made for tough driving (or fancy footwork). Left pedal = low to high gear, middle = reverse, right pedal = brake.
Model T Ford, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
1927 Bugatti, Type 35-B, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
In the furthest part of the vendor area these remnants were looming, and barely providing shade in the noontime sun.
Bunkers, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
I once had a set of valve covers that I painted just like this. I never finished that ’65 Imapala SS. I often think of all I learned about working on old Chevys in my 13th summer. Later in my freshman year, we learned to write business letters, and I wrote to the Weiand company to verify my valve covers. As I recall, I wasn’t sure there were that brand, but the did send me a bunch of stickers.
Weiand valve covers and center dump manifold, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
It was just so durn hot that I gave up shooting. There were thousands of cool cars like this. But all I really wanted was a cold beer (which isn’t served anywhere). Here you can see how I missed the framing. The sad truth was that I was wore out before I even got to the official hot rod section.
Cool truck, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Henderson Twenty Four

This was the evening we headed out of Michigan; the Pine Knob ski area.
Pine Knob ski area, Clarkston, MI, Andrew D. Barron©8/19/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The night before last was a real nice sunset on the Ohio River.
Riverfront Silos, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Rockwellian front yard, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Ohio River sunset, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;645 PRO]
The cypress tree in Mark’s front yard is one of the oldest trees in Henderson and is on some type of registry.
Old cypress tree, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
We went back over to Evansville and drove down by the marina on the Indiana side. The tree trimmer rig caught my eye.
Tree trimmer rig, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Then he drug me to an indoor flea market. I was pretty bored, but I did spot this (even if I didn’t buy it). The odd thing was that I was just carrying on a conversation about the song It Tears Me Up written by Muscle Shoals legend Dan Penn.
Jerry Reed 8-track, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
I am just killing time and am glad Mark and Monica were willing to take me in again and let me tag along. We had dinner at Hooters, an old tradition. The blackened mahi burger was very good.
Evansville Hooters, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
We headed back across the Ohio river during the long sunset.
Ohio River sunset, Henderson, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Ohio River bridge, Henderson, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Here you can see the train bridge across the Ohio. I watched fourth of July fireworks here in 2008 and lost my blue windbreaker.
Ohio River sunset, Henderson, KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/21/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
So that was another 24 hours in Henderson. Later that night we ended up rehearsing for a bluegrass concert where evidently I will be playing upright bass Saturday.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Henderson Arrival

I didn’t think I’d ever get back to this neck of the woods, but wow, here I am. I drove all night from Clarkston to cross the Ohio into western Kentucky. It was a bit sketchy driving through two lane highways in Indiana in the middle of the night. Finally pulled onto the I69 and dropped on down to Kentucky. Z and L went on to Nashville for a few days. I am staying here with my friend Mark. We already got went through a bunch of Monroe tunes. It’s been 4 1/2 years since we’ve caught up in person.
Mark gives my mandolin a whirl, Henderson Kentucky, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Mark and I headed up to Evansville to pick up a frame repair.
Crossing the Ohio: Kentucky side, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Frame straightening apparatus, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
This isn't the one.
Detroit Steel, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
We had Chinese buffet for lunch; my second time in a week. And the second time in 6 years.
Crossing the Ohio: Indiana side, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
So we cruised back to Henderson. The humidity and heat is, well, unpleasant. Another feeling is a resolve to have done what I have done since those days when I moved here to deepen my bluegrass roots. There were very few believers. It’s a weird feeling being a traveling visitor instead of seriously trying to make it stick here, as I did from 9/2007-9/2008. Those adventures are more fairly meticulously catalogued on this blog. The entry I remember best is here, from 11/15/07. Mark gave me a hard time this morning about my songs-on-a-clothesline attempt to work through the 10 songs I was working on. Here it was:
Zion, Henderson County, KY, Andrew D. Barron ©11/11/07
I am tired and look forward to a night’s rest tonight. It is also very surreal that I have been driving Mark’s Hummer H2 around.
Crossing the tracks, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
I don’t know who’s car this is, but it sure was a surprise to see this bumper sticker out here.
Oregon Girl, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;PRO 645]
Lamp post, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;PRO 645]
Moody clouds, Henderson KY, Andrew D. Barron©8/20/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]

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