Blues in Memphis.
Blues in Memphis.

Music. Pictures. They go hand in hand.

Both of them require a lot of work to get right. To get good. To do without thinking about doing. So much so that today Bob Dylan said,

“Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”

There you have it. The same thing applies to photograph. There are no “ten tips to make you a great photographer.” You have to work at it. And, practice. Again and again and again.

This quote is taken from a long interview about winning the Nobel Prize. In The Telegraph. Of London. You can find it here.—ill-be-at-the-nobel-prize-ceremony-i/

It’s the only interview anywhere about Dylan and the Nobel Prize. He talks about music. He talks about painting. He also knows his limitations.


I made this picture in Memphis. Tennessee. It says a lot about little clubs. Dives. Juke Joints. And, the musicians who work very hard to make their livings in them.


14 Replies to “Dives and Juke Joints”

  1. I was in the music business many years ago. As a result, I’ve been in a lot of dives, primarily in Portland, OR, and the San Francisco Bay Area. There is something very special about the music made there.

    I think my favorite dive bar has to be Krazy Korner (Bourbon and St Peter). Amazing music pouring out the door from a smokin’ house band and a less-than-delightful aesthetic make it a fabulous place to focus on the sounds.

    Thanks for taking me back to the “good ol’ days.”


    1. Krazy Korner? Ouch. That’s a corporate (the owner runs about 10 or 12 low level venues on that street) tourist club located on a tourist street. I’m not sure it has anything to do with authentic music except that live music is played there by cover bands. I’m still in the music business. We are now just on a short tour break.


      1. Ouch indeed. I just thought it was the perfect example of a dive bar … but clearly didn’t know all of the background.

        In any event, my focus on the next trip is Frenchmen street. I love trad jazz (not big on progressive), so that’s what I’m seeking out.


      2. Frenchmen street is Bourbon street now that the tourists found it. It’s no longer cool. You’d do better at Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge, Prime Example, Little Gem, Sweet Lorraines, Oom Pah Pah Doo. That’s where the real jazz is played.


      3. I probably should say this; most New Orleanians never go to the French Quarter. vere. We go twice a year. Once for Christmas Caroling at Jackson Square and once on Mardi Gras Day on Royal Street for the Krew of St. Anne, which is walking parade. I don’t think I’ve actually walked on Bourbon Street in years. We live Uptown, in The Garden District. Mardi Gras comes to us. The restaurants and music is more local. We can walk to coffee and anything else on Lower Magazine Street. And, Commander’s is three blocks away…

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