Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Don Nix Photo Exhibition

Although Don Nix might be categorized as a Blues-Rock artist, or a Pop artist, additionally he too is a successful record producer and arranger. Yet, let us not forget he is also a songwriter of major significance with credits a mile long. But now Don Nix steps into still another arena as he unveils his portfolio of black & white photographs capturing an important period of popular music. Don Nix's first photo exhibition titled Dirty Negatives opens December 4th and runs through December 31th at The Robinson Gallery located in Memphis TN. Placed there are over 40 of his archive photographs available for purchase through this exhibition. Photos in this exhibit were taken with Nix's first camera given to him years ago by side-kick and fellow songwriter, Sid Selvedge. Little did Don Nix know that one day his photography might stand alone in recognition with still another of his momentous career achievements.

Starting in the early days of STAX Records when he was a member of the soul labels house band named the Mar-Keys, Don Nix's career had so many adventures he simply had to carry a camera just to capture the rapid pace of pop celebrity. Pictured above is Don standing next to one of his prize photographs taken of Blues legend, Albert King.

Highlights of the exhibit include this timely shot of a young Steve Cropper from Booker T. & The MG's appearing in portrait form. (c) Don Nix - All Rights Reserved.

Known for his signature "Flying V" guitar, Albert King was the inspiration for many guitarist such as Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. (c) Don Nix - All Rights Reserved.

Here Nix captures fellow "Mad Dog & Englishmen" member, Joe Cocker as he poses in front of a roadside billboard featuring his favorite beverage. (c) Don Nix - All Rights Reserved.

A favorite Don Nix photo was his shot of George Harrison standing beside a pond at his home in Friar Park at Henley-On-Thames in London in 1975. (c) Don Nix - All Rights Reserved

Attending the opening at the Robinson Gallery were local VIP's such as attorney Reed Malkin and his wife, Diane Malkin. Seated beside them and providing event coverage is Phillip Rauls of THE PHOTOLOG. (Copyrighted photo & story coverage - All rights reserved)

Also in attendance was longtime Memphis mainstay Ward Archer, owner of up-and-coming Archer Records along with independent record producer, Carl "Blue" Wise.

Pictured here are (L-R) exhibition host Don Nix along with his brother Larry Nix of the noted recording industry firm L. Nix Mastering and Phillip Rauls.

Attending the event was longtime Don Nix fan and executive director of NARAS - Memphis Chapter, Jon Hornyak, while pictured here with Phillip Rauls.

The evening was highlighted by a Don Nix performance that included his famed "Going Down" while accompained by guitarist Terry Wall and Dan Cochran on bass. (Not pictured Joel Williams on drums).

Don Nix has opened the doors for many Southern-roots artist and inspired many on their career paths. To view his vast musicial history please click-on a two-part story listed below;

"Don Nix International Man of...Music" (Part 1)

"Don Nix Home-Grown Distortion-Prone" (Part 2)


Blogger Unknown said...

Again you have done an outstanding job with both pictures and writting about Memphis music and people. It's good to hear it from someone who has been there and lived it from the beginning. You are the man.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Jon Scott said...

Great article on the Mayor of Memphis Music, Don Nix!

Jon Scott

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Phillip, just read your two-part Don Nix story. Well written sir, I enjoyed it. When are they going to make a movie about the Markeys and MG's/Stax story? You could write the script!"

Joel Williams

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Phil I have long admired you for your professionism in promo and marketing but after spending the last two hours checking out your blog I'm now convinced that your true talent lies in your ability as a writer, photographer and historian. Thanks for so many wonderful memories. I really enjoyed your warm entry on our old friend Joe Galkin.
If a book isn't in the works it should be. Wishing you happy holidays and much continued success."

Bob Robin

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been getting messages from people who have seen your story about the exhibit. I thought it was great as did everyone I've heard from. Thank you again. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Your Bud ...Don

10:37 AM  
Blogger Cowtown Pattie said...

What fun I've had this morning! Ah, memories. Thanks for sharing yours...complete with photos.

All the best,
Cowtown Pattie

10:05 AM  
Blogger d said...

The older we all get the more I appreciate the people who lit up our lives for us way back when. I think a lot of us just took it for granted that everything would be forever at that point. I mean why not? Who the f*** would want to change that ongoing non-stop can't get off cuz it would kill you anyhow party???

What pleases me even more is to see another survivor of the road wars. Any working musician who makes it past 60 has great genes, eats really well, or looked after themselves when they were younger.

I dunno, I just appreciate the great ones who are still with us (as I sit here writing listening to Rory's 74 Tour record).

Thank-you all. And thank-you for not taking yourselves too seriously.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous BLUE said...

Seeing Don with his friends Standing beside all his great Artist/Life photos just
shows how blessed we are to have him share his amazing journey with us.Don keep
Rollin' on the River Brother.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Bo Carlsson said...

Great photos!Is there any date and place given for the Albert King photo?
All the best
Bo Carlsson

1:44 AM  

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