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30 Apr

Happy Birthday Otis Rush !!

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Happy 81st Birthday to one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time.

I only photographed Otis Rush the one time but was lucky enough to have gotten to see him play

many times over the years and he was undoubtedly the most powerfully emotive player I ever

witnessed.   I also had the chance to meet him twice and he was truly a

gentle and humble soul.   I never saw a bad show and was always stunned by how good he was.

15 Mar

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials rocked the house !!

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Lil’ Ed Williams and the boys tore it up @ The Towne Crier Cafe last Saturday !!  A great show from a great showman and his longtime compadres.  See more photos on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154007646998792.1073742055.100970208791&type=3

Lil' Ed Williams & The Blues Imperials, (James "Pookie" Young, Bass, Mike Garrett, Guitar &  Kelly Littleton, Drums).  03.05.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

Lil’ Ed Williams & The Blues Imperials, (James “Pookie” Young, Bass, Mike Garrett, Guitar & Kelly Littleton, Drums). 03.05.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

28 Jan

Mike Stern, Towne Crier 01/23/16

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One of the best shows ever at the Towne Crier !!

Bill Evans got snowed in or it would have been even more amazing !

Mike Stern Trio, (Richie Morales on drums and Teymur Phell on bass) , 01.23.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

Mike Stern Trio, (Richie Morales on drums and Teymur Phell on bass) , 01.23.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

19 Jan

Opening February 6th, DVAA Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

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Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

I am honored to part of a group show at the DVAA in Narrowsburg, NY. The Alliance Gallery kicks off the 2016 season with a group exhibition of artworks titled “About Face.” The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 6, with a reception from 2 – 4 pm, and will be on view through March 26.

As the title implies, “About Face” is an exhibition about faces and their complicated expressions. The show depicts “images of happiness, sadness, fear, pensiveness, mystery and intensity,” says gallery curator Rocky Pinciotti. “Each artist has chosen to portray the subject’s charisma, temperament, individuality and psyche in such a way that the viewer is pulled into the subject’s world through the vehicle of the face—the mask we present to the world.”

The show grew out of general submissions received by the DVAA for the Alliance Gallery. Says Pinciotti, “A theme typically surfaces as we look through the submissions, and this year there were a number of unique works involving portraits.”

The exhibition includes an assortment of media including painting, photography, collage and woodcut prints. Artists in the exhibit include Mark Ciocca, Claire Lambe, Lisa LoCurto, Charles Maraia, Akira Ohiso, John Rocklin, Richard Seehausen, Miguel Tio, and Scott A. Woolsey.

Alliance Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

The opening reception for “About Face” will take place at the Delaware Arts Center on Saturday, February 6 from 2 to 4 pm, in conjunction with DVAA’s online Bgallery space which will be presenting “Altered Ego – Manipulated Self Portraits of and by the artist.”

For more information call 845-252-7576.

18 Jan

Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson 1.16.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe

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Caught up with one of my favorite guitar players……

@ The Towne crier in Beacon, NY.

Luther “Guitar Jr. Johnson.  It was good to see Luther again

And it brought back memories of him and Little Sammy being

on the same bill one time on the Poughkeepsie waterfront.   I

took a photo of Sammy & Luther  wearing almost identical blue suits.

I’ll have to dig through my old film prints, find it and scan it so I can post it !!

Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, 01.16.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, 01.16.16 @ The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon New York, . Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier. Photograph Copyright John Rocklin.

I always loved Luther’s simple but strong style of playing rhythm guitar and was able to discuss that w/ him in Po’ Town
that day so long ago.  If I remember right he was there as part of the Legendary Blues Band, all players who worked with
Muddy.  A real crew of killers !!
03 Jan

The amazing Mose Allison !!

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My favorite Mose Allison song would have to be “Everybody’s Crying Mercy”  But the first one that really got me was “Parchment Farm” !!

Check out Greg Browns fantastic Ode to Mose below………..

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Mose-Allison, Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling,-New-York-9.15.07

The joint is a dump, The owner is broke
At least that’s what he said, The p.a.’s a joke
The waitpersons are snotty, the bartender’s rude
They want to make sure I know they forgot me, But not their attitude
The bellyachers played last night, Everybody got sick
Don’t even try dancing, your feet would just stick
The band signs their poster, “fuck u miguel”
And that’s all the good part, The bad part’s the smell
And what was your name again, oh – yeah – right – brown
Your crowd just drinks water, Surprised you’re still around

And nobody’s coming, because hey man you see, Advertising’s expensive, hey, what guarantee

But as I set up I am proud to be here, Because once last November, Mose Allison played here.

( lyrics by Greg Brown)

30 Dec

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau “Live” at the Falcon

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It was a special show at a special venue !!   An honest mix of virtuosity and deep feeling went into all aspects of this show @ Live at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY last night.  This was their last show before going into the studio together.   Historic and epic !!

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro, NY, December, 29th, 2015.  Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro, NY, December, 29th, 2015. Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro, NY, December, 29th, 2015.  Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro, NY, December, 29th, 2015. Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

29 Dec

Seamie O’Dowd

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This humble fellow from Slago in Northern Ireland left a lasting impression on me with his guitar and voice.

Thousands of years of Irish history in his playing and singing. One of the best anywhere, anytime.

Seamie O'Dowd at the Towne Crier Cafe,April 11, 2015. Credit: John Rocklin for Towne Crier

Seamie O’Dowd at the Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY, April 11, 2015.

22 Dec

Dr. Ralph Stanley

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A true gentleman and amazing musician.  I was very fortunate to have been able to photograph him and The Clinch Mt. Boys.  I enjoyed a great conversation with him about BB King, Death & The Wayne County Fair among other topics.  The show was amazing but if the audience could have heard them warming up in the dressing room………….Priceless !!

Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.

Photograph Copyright, John Rocklin. All rights reserved.