CD COVERS of 2014

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One of the artistic endeavors that both pays my bills and enriches my soul, is working with the many talented musicians that come to me to help create vibrant packaging for their CD and album covers, as well as promotional portraits and images for their websites and press kits. 2014 was a constructive and varied year for these projects, and 2015 looks to be one of many creative collaborations as well. From jazz, to bluegrass and country, from Irish to early classical, a musician’s visual presentation should always tell the story of his or her musical soul. Here are a few of the projects that I both photographed and designed last year. I’m looking forward to reaching out to some different areas of the musical spectrum this year & creating some truly memorable covers- Maybe for YOU!
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Springfield Exit on the Patuxent Music label photo blog WDON Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg
Frank Wakefield & Red Allen photo blog Tis Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo blog Rira Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo blog Palmer Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo blog Matthews Carrara design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo blog Hurt Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo Banjo Design Michael G. Stewart blog.jpg photo blog BRENNEN Design Michael G. Stewart fb .jpg photo blog Jan Design Michael G. Stewart fb.jpg photo Bluestone Design Michael G. Stewart blogfb.jpg

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27th Annual Wammie Awards

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Every year the Washington area’s music royality polishes up their crowns and slips into their slinkiest frocks and snakeskin cowboy boots and head out to the State Theater in scenic Falls Church, Virginia for the musical lovefest that is The Wammie Awards. The Washington Area Music Association has been passing out the local equivilant of The Grammys for 27 years now, and everyone who is anyone in the D.C. area music scene was here to see and be seen. The evening honored music makers of all styles, ages and genres and without a doubt, a grand time was had by all!
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TRIO CALIENTE
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VERONNEAU ( Lynn Veronneau )Photobucket
VERONNEAU w/ saxophonist Jeff AntoniukPhotobucket
The Wammettes and a host of presentationsPhotobucket
G.U.G.G. aka Alexi von GuggenbergPhotobucket
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Just a few of the projects by WAMMIE winners I photographed & designed this yearPhotobucket
RUTHIE AND THE WRANGLERSPhotobucket
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WE WERE KINGS

2012 COVER STORY A YEAR IN MUSICAL PACKAGING

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Sometimes I have to admit, I’m a lucky guy. Ever since I was a wee lad, all I ever wanted to do was make pictures, to create images. Now, here I am, an ocassionally cranky, bald headed curmudgeon, the mutant love child of Michael Stipe and the Pillsbury Dough Boy, cranking out CD and album covers for a living. 2012 was a good and productive year, with a wide range of musical styles and diverse personalities to collaborate with, and my hope is that 2013 will be no different! Not to complain, but since I am the Cover King, and hopes are that I pass the target number of 300 CDs in print sometime by mid-year, my New Year’s wish is a few more visually daring clients, a couple of really off the wall bands and projects to put me over the top. Maybe some vinyl? Something really, really out there! It will be 2013 you know. So, at year’s end, I want to thank everyone for their support, and the continued opportunity to create, create, create and remember, don’t forget that Image is Everything. (Thanks to Steve for a allowing me to steal a great line)Photobucket
A great year for Ginny Carr and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet-Photobucket
What could be more musically diverse? A Japanese-American bluegrass mandolin player & traditional Sefardic music?Photobucket
My dear friend, the great N.Y. jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini allowed me to finally do a diner cover- The best of my worlds. ….and a beautiful girl on the cover, too.Photobucket
You’ll never get the blues by listening to the fabulous Deanna BogartPhotobucket
Ain’t that Marcy Marxer cute? And she can play ANY stringed instrument. We really groove on tenor guitar around here.Photobucket
The Stonemans are the keepers of the Traditional Flame