Throwback Thursday - Michael Thomas

Another favorite for Throwback Thursday.  I shot this photo on my very first trip to Freebird Live.  We were there to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a band that I've loved since the 70's. And believe me, they didn't disappoint.

Opening for NGDB that night was a local band of high school kids.  They were young, but I thought they were pretty good.  The name of the band was 10 West.  The neat thing for me was that they reminded me of all of those Southern Rock bands that I grew up with.  What better place to do it than in the land that gave us The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd?  They even had what they called the three guitar army, with the three guitar players all trading licks and leads.  I posted shots of their performance, and all of a sudden, I had instant friends.  This is the shot I took of Michael.

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Michael absolutely loved this shot.

Unfortunately, the band went through some changes, and Michael decided that the changes weren't for him.  He got together with his sister and some other friends and formed a new band, Lawless Hearts.  When they were looking for someone to do some promo photos, somehow, Michael's mom called me to see if I would be interested in the job.  What she didn't know is that I was the one who had made this shot.  At some point in our conversation I pointed it out to her, and she had no idea.  We finished talking business and hung up.  Before too long, she called me back to tell me that if I was the one that made that picture, then I was the only one that Michael wanted to do their photography.

I've done several photos for them over the past few years.  In fact, I did the ones that they are currently using on their website and promo materials.  We've become friends.  Or maybe it's more like I've been adopted into the family.  But I think the world of all of them and I've seen them play several times.  And I think they're time is happening now.

If you're not busy, why don't you join me on Saturday night  as Lawless Hearts plays a free show at the place where it all started, Freebird Live.  I think you'll like what you hear.  No, I know you will.