(above photo: courtesy of MCE Photography | Chad Edwards)
Readers of The Southland Music Line are well aware of the contributions Stephen Anderson brings to the table. His photos help us visualize the live music shows and events that we attend throughout the year.
Anderson, an accomplished photographer, has been putting his talent to use for years at live music venues. He has photographed many well-known artists, including several all-time greats such as Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, and The Police. He has taken photos from the sidelines of New Orleans Saints games and has also contributed to magazines and newspapers. The professionally schooled Anderson continues to enjoy his longtime passion and the results are admired and appreciated.
During 2015, he had the honor of photographing such shows and events as South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX; the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival in Bogalusa, LA; and numerous shows at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL.
Stephen “Andy” Anderson at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL (Photo by Glenda Stabler Campbell)
Some of the bands and artists he has photographed in 2015, include The Pollies, Tony Joe White, Jon Cleary, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, The Mulligan Brothers, The Hello Strangers, Sugarcane Jane, Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, Cary Hudson, Keb’ Mo’, Dale Watson, Johnny Sansone, Del Barber, Blue Mother Tupelo, The Deluxe Trio, Fat Man Squeeze, Willie Sugarcapps, Gurf Morlix, Uncle Lucius, Will Kimbrough, The Jericho Road Show, Bill Kirchen, Humming House, John Calvin Abney, Kristin Diable, Lilly Hiatt, Lightnin’ Malcom, Blackwater Brass, Stolen Faces, The Secret Sisters, Daniel Romano, Luke Winslow King, Hayes Carll, Lisa Mills, Pokey Lafarge, Kevin Gordon, Levi Parham, Della Memoria, The Mastersons, The Deslondes, Jimmy Lee Hannaford, Wes Lee, Carolyn Wonderland, Bob Schneider, Edward David Anderson, Strangled Darlings and many more!
Stephen “Andy” Anderson photographing Willie Sugarcapps (The Line’s 2014 Music Artist of the Year) at the 4th Annual Seafood Festival in Magnolia Springs, AL on Sat. April 11, 2015. Also on bill was The Mulligan Brothers (The Line’s 2015 Music Artist of the Year). Photos by Johnny Cole
In 2015, he had the privilege of revisiting and photographing some of his favorites from 2014 such as Larkin Poe and Lincoln Durham during two memorable back to back nights of music in New Orleans.
A trip to Tupelo, MS also provided a great opportunity to take photos of Outlaw Country Music legend, Billy Joe Shaver.
CD or Album Release parties are always a joy to attend. Anderson was behind the lens at a few of these events such as the release of “Nothing But Sky” by Delta Reign at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club and Laci Wright’s “Trying to Get it Right” at Veet’s (both in Mobile, AL).
Additional highlights for Anderson in 2015 include being able to be an official photographer at the Jimmy Buffett homecoming to Pascagoula, MS and the dedication of a bridge in his honor and also photographing Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, and Rosco Bandana at MGM Park Stadium during a concert in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, MS.
Stephen “Andy” Anderson awaiting the arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane in Pascagoula, MS (along with friends Richard Chenoweth and Jack Pickett) on Sat. Sept. 19, 2015. (Photo by Danny “Toad” Smith)
Concerts were not his only photo contribution. In 2015, Stephen was also on hand to take photos of the historical unveiling the Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Gulfport, MS which honored several Gulfport musicians including Allman Brothers’ Jaimoe, Roosevelt Sykes, Carl Gates, Cozy Corley, Skin Williams, Yvonne Tims and others who have contributed to the city’s musical legacy.
These are just a few examples of Anderson’s sensational year. He, alongside The Southland Music Line’s Robby Amonett and myself, continues in his search for great music. 2016 should be no different as we anxiously await new and exciting photos of some of music’s brightest and most talented.
To revisit some of Stephen Anderson’s highlighted work from 2015: (Click Link Below)
*The Southland Music Line’s Robby Amonett, Stephen Anderson and Johnny Cole will be posting their Year End Charts & Favorites on Jan. 1, 2015.
The Southland Music Line 2015: Favorite Albums, Shows & Live Music Venues according to Johnny Cole, Stephen Anderson and Robby Amonett (also links to Johnny Cole’s Complete & Extended Lists)
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Robby Amonett: A Year in Music-Inspired Art
The Southland Music Line 2015 – A Year in Review
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Johnny Cole: A Year in Travelin’ and 300+ Shows
The Mulligan Brothers: 2015 Music Artist of the Year
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Reader’s Choice Awards
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Photo Courtesy of MCE Photagraphy | Chad Edwards
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