In a departure from the usual venues I shoot at, I took in a Sunday evening at the Church of the Open Word for their Second Sunday Concert Series to watch some good friends who were invited to play for their June installment.
Meet David Shieh and the Long Way Home, comprised of David Shieh (lead), his wife Courtney (bass, percussion) and her brother Colin (every other imaginable instrument). With his raspy voice, David navigated the Americana/country sound that straddles between bar room brawls and riverside baptisms. Even the few elderly attendants applauded along to their vintage sound. During the hour-long set, the band tossed out a few covers that I may not have recognized, but they concluded their set with an unmistakable cover of Johnny Cash’s classic “Folson Prison Blues” with the members trading verses.
Photo notes: The Church of the Open Word has a very vintage feel to it, with the windows behind the stage being a definite highlight. Having seen the stage layout from the church’s website and with the concert starting before the sunset, I expected my f2.8 zooms. Unfortunately, I forgot to account for the lack of front lighting, which was made even worse with all the light coming in through the back windows. Thankfully, I threw my 50mm f1.4 into my bag just in case and it turned out to save the evening.
The Administrative Stuff: