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At the Honky Tonk Grill, I saw two bands play; neither of them were really my thing (which tends to be more akin to one old grizzled guy with an acoustic guitar) but they had certainly attracted large crowds. The beer flowed freely, the dancing occasionally spilled up onto the bar itself, and everyone generally was having a good ol' time.

Sitting at the back of one of the bands on that night was this old bassist, cutting a very different figure from the rest of his group. He simply sat on his stool and played his bass, seemingly unmoved by the wildness around him. I saw him on the way in, but couldn't get a shot; as we were leaving to head down the street I made a point of trying to capture him. It was really tough light, mostly red and dim - note the 800 ISO and the 1/10 shutter handheld even at f/1.8, and the first couple were blurred, but he noticed me struggling, struck a pose, and held it just so. Pretty much the only time I saw him react to anything that night.

The photos on the back wall are all signed shots of various acts that have passed through the venue at one time or another. No one major in this shot, as far as I can tell, but this is one of the more well-known establishments on Broadway so I'm sure there are some great photos on those walls somewhere.

I opted for B&W on this one to remove the overwhelming red cast of the original; that allowed me to give it more contrast and definition as well.

(hat tip to Russ, aka EstudioChispa, for correctly counting the number of strings on the bass here - oops!)

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 883 W: 75 N: 1688] (7467)
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