Thursday, December 31, 2009

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Been testing apps all day for use during Musicfest. There are way more choices than last year. Based off what I have seen today, I am going with Posterous. Seems to be the easiest to use for my purposes.

I will probably mess with Gowalla while there as well because it looks like it could be useful for finding people in the different venues. Someone has to create the Musicfest Tent, Bear River, Grand Ballroom...etc but I am sure that will not take long.

Posterous looks like it can handle some picture posting fairly well too.

I will be posting photos via flickr for the most part. Using tags I can make those come up on my on my Blog specifically where I want them. I will tag them all with Musicfest 2010 if anyone wants to see the pics. Those will include everything, and not just the show/event pics.

The show and event pics will be rolling on the big screens in the tent between sets as well. So if you see me on the mountain or around town, say cheese and you might make the slide show!

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Musicfest, Oil Changes, and Trial Runs

Getting my final packing done for Musicfest! Yesterday I changed the oil in my truck, put the new stickers on my trailer, bought some hand warmers for the kiddos, and gathered all my road trip info. So far so good. Now I am testing a few applications out to see which one will actually work the best for me as far as updating websites when I am at Musicfest this year. Last year I used my Blogger account and my Twitter account to post some updates, but I think I will get a little fancier this year and try to update multiple sites at once.

We shall see how that works out! Tank introduced me to Posterus, which looks promising!

Stay tuned!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Well, Christmas finally came and went and MusicFest is next on our calendar. Getting the new trailer ready to roll. This will be our first time driving and in some ways I look forward to it, and in some ways not so much.

Going to be a good one. We have lots of family going this time and the kiddos are SO fired up!

Getting excited! Will be blogging and uploading pics the whole time.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I have never made any secret about my love affair with Lowe's. Today, they made it official...Lowe's is my favorite store on the planet.

As some of you know, I am currently in the process of getting my new studio up and running. It has been a long process, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

This weekend while doing my regular "Lowe's weekend walkthru," I bought some cabinets to put together my kitchen at the studio. I happened to run across a fridge that was on sale for $200. Regular $598. Sweet... So I ask about it and come to find out, someone had bought it, and brought it back saying it did not work. It had been repaired. The only flaw was that the prson who bought it had scratched the door up in one spot. It is a black fridge, and goes perfect with my interior, so I decided the scratch was not that big of a deal and bought it.

Lowe's delivered it yesterday, and much to my dismay, when I plugged it in I got nothing. No power. Sad times...sad times. So I called Lowe's and asked them to come get it. They said that they had sent it to the repair facility and that it came back to them with a note that nothing was wrong.

Clearly, that was not true. So they said they'd come get it, and that they would credit me the amount back. However, since it was a closeout "off the shelf" item, there wasn't much they could do other than give me my money back. Ok...fine.

Then I get a call this morning that they are coming to pick it up, and that they decided to make it right. So they brought me a brand new version of the same fridge to replace mine. No charge.

Yeah for me! And Yeah for all my tasty cold Bud Lights who now have a home!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy made a stop at our casa last night for Jakin. He has had a tooth about to fall out of his face hole for three days.

However, if you loose a tooth at school, you get this rockin' tooth necklace to wear around with your tooth in it.

So he did everything possible to hold off until school yesterday. Mission accomplished!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Studio Getting Close

As some of you may know, I recently had an opportunity to get into a building I have had my eye on for several years. I love the location!

After months of work, I am getting ever so close to opening the doors.

I'll put some pictures up to show the progress. Now hopefully I can get some interest from the locals!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

America's Got Talent?

Not if you are watching this show. Awful...

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kindle DX

First off, let me say that I have wanted a Kindle for a long time. I think it is an awesome idea, and I can't wait to own one for myself.

The problem is, until they get this thing right, I am holding off. How freaking hard can it be to make a COLOR version that can do audio and video? It has been out long enough to mature that much.

I was SUPER excited to hear about the DX! That excitement was short lived as I soon found out it was nothing more than a super-size version of the original. Still no color or video. I don't get it.

I would LOVE to be able to get my magazine subscriptions, newspapers, and whatever books I am reading on a Kindle. However, if you can't get highres color version soft the magazines, then it is pointless in my opinion.

I still believe these book readers are amazing tools. I even use Stanza on the iPhone because I think it is such cool technology. I have been hoping to see the Kindle tunr into the killer device that lets me truly go paperless and let me ditch the stacks of RangeFinder and MacLife magazines!

Monday, April 20, 2009

iPhone App

I have been working on a project for some time now to create an iPhone App for musicians. I have been down many roads trying to find the best way to do this. The issue for me has always been that it is incredibly expensive.

So I started down the path of learning to develop them myself. The catch there is that I don't have the time it takes to brush up on those skills and really get very far.

So, after tons of research, I found a group of developers who can do this for me in a price range that makes sense. The first one we did is the Darren Kozelsky Band App.

Check it out. It is free, and you can get some cool exclusive music before the album comes out as well.

I have some big plans, so soon there should be some more cool Apps in the works soon.

Have a great week!

Todd Snider

Anyone seen the new Todd Snider record yet? I haven't seen it, but my friends at Lone Star Music just sent me a message to let me know that they used a shot of mine for the cover. That is cool on so many levels.

They had mentioned to me that they might, which pretty much made my day. But lots of things change rapidly in the music world, and in the "You got the cover" world, so I tried to temper my excitement. Well...looks like they DID use it, so I can celebrate and act like a fool about it now.

However, I will spare you the awkwardness of having to witness this celebration, and I will keep my dancing and screaming confined to my office.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bud Light Trail

Ben and I are fishing the Bud Light Trail this year. We have our first tourney at Lake Palestine near Athens, TX this weekend. I am going to try and blog our progress as it goes (assuming the iPhone battery holds up).

I will also be using QIK to stream video throughout the day. Again, all depends on the iPhone battery.

Anyway, it will be fun at the very least.


Friday, January 30, 2009


Missed lunch again. Looks like Subway for me. Better have some soup left too!

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Some rambling thoughts

I had a shoot yesterday with Seth James. Seth is one of my favorite guys in the whole business. Besides the fact that he is amazingly talented, he also happens to be a great guy. He is also an Aggie, and that carries substantial weight in my opinion. ;)

He is a really genuine guy, and one of the funniest SOB's I know.

Anyway, the shoot went well. I have some stuff out of it that I really like. Seth is playing in San Antonio tonight so he will not get to see the pictures for a few days I would imagine. I hope he digs them.

I also shot a wedding this weekend, and I am working like mad to get all those pictures taken care of. Almost every portion of the wedding shoot was done in below average lighting, so that makes my job significantly tougher.

Aside from being busy as hell, Apple released a new update for the iPhone today. I wasn't thinking, and clicked the update button before I realized it. So I wiped my jailbreak and had to start over. Not too terribly bad, but still a half a day of restores and such. In the end, it helped me re-visit the QIK application that lets me stream video from my iPhone. Very cool stuff. I will give it a test sometime this weekend and see how it goes. From what I have seen so far, it is pretty decent.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What I need

OK, I have decided that I need a better way to get all my gear from place to place. When we go anywhere and I want to bring my camera gear, it poses a problem for me. We usually go places in my truck, and that means my gear has to go in the back seat with the kiddos. Then all our bags must go in the bed...and if it rains, then we have to wrap everything in garbage bags. That is lame.

So I want to get a cargo trailer. So far, I haven't found one like I want that is also within a price range I feel is worth it.

I also have always wanted a sweet old school panel van. Like a 78 model. So after thinking about it a little more, I believe one solid option is that I combine me needs/wants. I will hunt for a killer panel van to act as the Major 7th/Texas Red Dirt Photos Mobile. I can drive it to shows or events that I am shooting and leave plenty of room for everyone, as well as any bags we might have.

I want to get a wrap on it too. It would be my actual work vehicle.

I think it would be cool.

I will settle for a cargo trailer if I have to, but I really want a nice late 70's model van. So keep your eyes open.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Not sucking


The best tribute I have ever seen. Kevin is amazing. He is fixing to
play with Cody Canada, Christ Knight, Stoney Larue, Elizabeth Cook.

Then we all go watch WB close it out. Then we hit the suites fir the
jam sessions.



Unbelievably, someone has taken one of my prints from the gallery. It was of Micky and Willie Braun. At least that is the only one I KNOW is missing at the moment. Those things cost me a fortune to print and ship up here. Now I am not going to even put the rest of them up.

Screw it...I will take them to the General Store and sell them. Or screw that too, and I will just ship them home.

Depressing and disappointing.

Anyway, I am going to forget about it and get on with Musicfest. I got plenty of sleep last night and I feel much better today.

Shiner...let's go

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today's Events

Darren plays up the mountain tonight, so I have that cold-ass journey ahead of me. You can't imagine how cold it gets in a tin can at -7 degrees. That gondola ride is about ten minutes of misery that late at night. But it is SO worth it. The mountaintop bar is killer.

Running back and forth all day wears my back out. Thank goodness Doc is here. Ski with Doc, then get adjusted. Perfect...

Today will be another crazy one starting around 4:30. I think we end the night with the Randy Rogers Band tonight so that should be pretty fun. One nice thing is that the last show of the night is at the Grand every night...well nice for those of us who stay at the Grand I suppose. 8)

It means I can run up and put the camera away and hit the afterparties without having to lug all that crap around.


Last night was a long one...REALLY long. Great time yesterday, but stayed up way longer than necessary. Got up and made breakfast early this morning. Working on about two hours of sleep.

I also loaded some of the shots on my Flickr account (they should be showing up to the right pretty soon). I haven't done anything with them really because I have so many, and no time to edit anything here in Steamboat. So they are pretty raw, but the point is just to get some shots of what is going on around here.

Going to track down some aspirin, and then track down a cold Shiner...


Tuesday, January 6, 2009


In case you didn't know, Robert Earl Keen is tha shit..


Rockfarmera jammed. Walking to catch Eady and say hi to MammaDawg.
Beer flowing early today. Yeah for Shiner!

FIrst Day of Music

Went to several cool after parties last night after the Artist Welcome event. Still haven't gotten the gallery up, but I will do that soon. I will also be selling some gallery prints at the General Store.

Today I will be hitting The Rockfarmers, The Robisons Family, Johnny Cooper, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Robert Earl Keen, Brandon Rhyder, Cory Morrow and Waylon Payne, Josh Grider, and Micky & The Motorcars...then to the parties!

And on a very cool note, the Robert Earl Keen Tribute was released to the artists this week, and I have the cover shot! Exciting.

John Dickson told me he is going to try and get one of the big promo posters for me. Really cool stuff, and an excellent start to the week!



Time to get some food! Will cook chili and fajitas today!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Love me some Shiner!


Special thanks to Paul Paynter from Shiner for the free case of Blonde

Welcome party

We just got all checked in, found my luggage across town and hit the
welcome party. Good seeing everyone! Will get the gear ready, set up
the gallery and start shooting tomorrow! Tonight is Shiner Blonde
night for TP!

We arrive...

And so it begins...

Got up this morning and dropped Kylie off at school. 32 and freezing rain. Now we are at the airport hoping for no delays. The weather here in Dallas blows. Lots of Steamboaters here in the terminal. Should be a fun flight. Hoping to get to The Grand ASAP and get to work preparing the gallery.

As usual, we have overpacked, or at least I have. Oh well, screw it. No worries from here on out!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Musicfest 2009

Ok folks, if anyone gives a rip, I will be trying to blog from Musicfest again. Cell coverage is spotty at best in Steamboat, but last year I was able to post some pics and do some updates. I will give it a shot again this year.

Much of what I post is in a dark venue or in the freezing cold so ignore spelling errors and cut me some slack. Chances are, my cold beverage intake might also alter my state.

Bear with me for the first day so I can figure out the best way to get the post to come up properly. The Musicfest pics will start showing up once I post the first one.