Throwback Thursday! Roots Fest 2015

One of my favorite Fayetteville events each year is Roots Festival. I'm blown away each year by the level of talent Bryan, Bernice, and Jeremy are able to wrangle together in a city as small as ours. That said, I never seem to stay on top of posting my top shots from this event. Even though it's only April I'm already itching for this years lineup! Here's a peek at last year. Enjoy!

Our incredible hosts/coordinators/fearless leaders, Smokey & the Mirror! This event wouldn't happen if it weren't for Bryan and Bernice. With everything they're constantly caught up in, it's absolutely amazing how flawlessly they're able to pull this event off!

Sometimes only getting to shoot three songs is a blessing! The Punch Brothers were so fun to shoot I could have easily missed the 2 hours they played by getting caught up in my camera. Instead I got to knock out an awesome set then kick back and enjoy the show.

10 years ago I got to see Fiona Apple play with Damien Rice at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California. I never thought in a million years I'd get the chance to photograph one of her sets. Seeing her with The Watson Family Hour was indescribable.

I've shot the Shook Twins three times now, and every time is more incredible than the last. I can't wait to see 'em again this August at Roots Fest 2016!

John Elliot was an unexpected surprise for me. It's been years since I've bought a CD at a show, but 5 minutes into John's set I bought a copy of everything he had available. The wit and sincerity he's able to convey in every song is mind blowing. I'm still crossing my fingers that he'll pop up as a late addition this year.

The Ben Miller Band never fails to impress me. This year was no different. 

There's something bizarre and magical about seeing 14 20-something year olds playing baltic folk music and singing in a dozen languages. Fayetteville is blessed to have a group as talented as Ozarka Orkestra based here.

This was my second time shooting Pokey LaFarge and I can't wait for the next. I LOVE watching these folks play. Pokey exudes authenticity you don't usually see from groups with a throwback sound.

The Steel Wheels and John Moreland were new discoveries for me and both were so, so great. Hopefully I'll get a bit more time to shoot John this year!

John Fullbright was another new discovery for me. Given how close to AR he's based, I was shocked I hadn't heard of him sooner. It was a great reminder of how important events like this are.