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Live At The Rose Cafe

Good times at the Rose Cafe Venice shooting a Facebook livestream of Kitchen Table Blues with the Reverend Shawn Amos and a host of great musicians.

And cuisine by the amazing chef Jason Neroni (formerly of Superba)

^ The Rev, pied piper of the blues, entertains the son of chef Jason Neroni ^

Sean Watkins, Grammy winning singer and multi-instrumentalist from Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour ^

Tom Freund (Ben Harper et al) joins the party ^

^ the wait ^

^ Jason Neroni ^

^ Apparently I *do* show up in photographs! ^

^ the jam ^

^ the fam ^

Me and Mr Amos

Shawn Amos and I met back in 2004. At the time, he was doing A+R for Shout Factory (that's Artists and Repertoire for the kids not familiar with the term :) ) Shortly thereafter, he suggested my portfolio be considered for cover art for Solomon Burke's Make Do With What You Got album.

I was fortunate to be chosen to shoot the job. I'd say "the rest is history", but then you wouldn't get to read about what an amazing person Shawn is, and about our continuing collaboration.

About a year or so ago, he contacted me about a blues music project he was embarking on: The Reverend Shawn Amos.

The idea sounded interesting, and Shawn's raison d'etre for the project was especially fascinating: To keep the blues alive by getting it in front of those unfamiliar with the genre, or to re-introduce the blues in an approachable and stylized way to those who are uncomfortable with it.

Most of the blues giants are no longer around, and Shawn seeks to connect people to this great genre of music. As the phrase goes: Whats old is new again.

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