Black Stone Cherry – Rise Above Fest 2014

Black Stone Cherry started their set with “Me and Mary Jane,” ended on “Lonely Train,” and gave the crowd what they do best – deep heavy rock with a dash of Southern sauce. This band slides between 70s classic and country rock, but they aren’t your daddy’s Southern Rock…these boys are rowdy, drop the tail gate, hard as nails rock music. And the fans loved them. Energetic as well as entertaining, BSC delivered a great show. Lead vocalist, Chris Robertson, is fantastic. He opens his mouth and Southern soul and gravel comes out. On guitar, Ben Wells, is high energy, as is bassist, Jon Lawhon. Not to be out done, drummer John Fred Young, falls on the kit like a windmill in a tornado. This was a highlight.

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Christopher Joles

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Christopher Joles was a teen when he discovered photography, about the same time he discovered rock and roll. It only makes sense that his dream was to combine the two mediums and photograph rock stars. Serving in the United States Air Force, Joles was stationed just a bus ride away from the hot spots of Great Britain’s historic rock and roll spectacles of the 1980s. On hand for many of the historic shows, and with many a story to tell, Joles went on years later to hone his photography skills as owner of Joles Photography, specializing in portraiture. The years behind the camera in his studio taught him one thing: it’s all about capturing the subject’s genuine emotion. As luck would have it, he has been able to take that knowledge to the foot of the stage. Owner of Maine Music News, a website covering concerts across Maine and the Boston area in photographs and reviews, Joles has now photographed many a rock star with many more on the bucket list.