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“They asked me if they could use my images for the cover and inside jacket of Junior Kimbrough's album Meet Me In the City. I was like, of course, I would be honored. One of the highlights of Smith’s career so far was when he was afforded the opportunity of working with famed Rolling Stone Magazine pho- tographer Annie Leibovitz.

“Annie's producers where doing research on her book

American Music while I was still working and liv- ing in

Mississippi. They reached out to me to put a list together of Mississippi blues artists they should try and work with for that part of the book. I helped them out, but I strongly suggest-

on stage. You never know what is gonna happen. Patterson Hood has always been in my corner and I would bend over backwards for those guys. Marty Stuart is one of my very favorite clients to work with. Marty is a photographer himself and we have worked on several projects in the past. He is just a really all around great person and client. Lucero are incredible friends and clients, and of course my friends The Whigs, recently went over and docu- mented some studio time they were putting in for their upcoming album. I search for real music, with honest energy. I try to relay that feeling I get in my images.”

God Knows I Tried - Junior Kimbrough

ed that they let me put this two-week long shoot together for them, make the contacts and drive them around to be the liaison between Annie and the musicians. Most of these guys did not know who Annie Leibovitz was and they didn't care. I produced the shoot for them, picked Annie up at the airport in Memphis with her main assistant Nick Rogers and we set out. I think we pho- tographed Otha Turner, R.L. Burnside, Eddie Cusic, Po Monkey Lounge, and Johnny Billington with his kids, among several others. Annie works 13-hour days. She is amazing to work with of course. It was a great experience. I still get hired to assist them from time to time.” With the massive number of photos he has taken over the years, I had to ask Adam if he had any favorite subjects he enjoyed shooting. “Oh yes, the first thing that comes to mind, I just really love to revisit the Mississippi Delta and shoot the landscape down there. Its just amazing. I really gravitate toward it. The Drive- by Truckers of course are some of my contempo- rary clients. They are amazing, so much energy

These days, Smith’s number one concern is a book he has assem- bled, containing many of his timeless images. “It’s called Mornin' Ain't Come Yet: A look into the music and

landscape of the Deep South. I have literally been digging through my negatives and digital images and working with a layout person for almost two years now. It is kind of a retrospect of my career up until now. It feels weird to say that though, because I am 36 and I hope my career in photog- raphy continues for many years to come. I have the book for the most part laid out with writings by Larry Brown, Lisa Love (executive director of the Ga Music Hall of Fame) Patterson Hood (DBT), Marty Stuart, Ben Nichols (Lucero), Danial Hutchin's of Bloodkin and many others. I am currently seeking the right publisher for this book, perhaps looking for a private investor to see it published. If anyone is interested, I’d love to hear from you.” •

Adam is currently the Music and Entertainment Director at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom in Macon, Ga. where he pursues his career as a freelance photographer.


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