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Kim Sherman and Cotten Music

Posted: March 20th, 2011 | Filed under: collector, feature, good friend, home, musician, photographer, retail, singer | 41 Comments »

Kim Sherman and I go all the way back to about 1983 or so. I was a punk kid, with a studio down on Second Avenue North, (current home of Mulligan’s Irish Bar). I lived downstairs, and had a studio upstairs on the second floor. I shot about three album covers a week at that time; the music business was on fire at that time. Kim was doing a record with Phil Johnson for The Benson Company. Fifteen years go by, and we met again through a mutual friend — this time, through photography. (She’s another in this line of strong Renaissance women — she collects art; she cooks; she does photography; she writes songs; she collects bicycles; she co-owns a high-end guitar store. I think I’m going to rename this blog StrongRenaissanceWomen.com).

It turns out, Kim and I both grew up in Kentucky, about two hours apart. Her father farms about 1900 acres in western Kentucky — mostly corn, soybeans and wheat. She has three sisters, and loves her very tightly-knit family. In 1996, Kim joined ranks with Darcy Cotten to run Cotten Music in Hillsboro Village. She’s now writing songs again, and collaborating with friends. A few years ago, she purchased a gorgeous Manuel Zeitlin-designed loft on Belmont, and helped design the interior, even down to importing some of the wood flooring for her sleeping loft, from her father’s barn in Kentucky.

She’s as fine and honest a person as you’ll ever come across. Pure as the day is long; kind-hearted and genuine. Wander into Cotten Music in the village, look down at that tile floor, and feel the history.


Ruby Guidara: Dogs, Goats, Horses in Watertown

Posted: March 7th, 2011 | Filed under: dog, feature, good friend, great face, home | 23 Comments »

Ruby Guidara moved to Tennessee from Los Angeles. She wanted land. She wanted children. She wanted lots of animals. She found a farm in Watertown, and began filling it with all of the above. She builds sets, and supplies props for the music and film business in Nashville. Travel from her farm, to downtown Watertown, and you’ll find a large commercial building, packed to the gills, with any kind of crazy prop you’d ever need.

Little Thurman roams the farm and helps with all the goats, horses, dogs, and cats. Watch the video to hear him describe his accident with a horse, when he was two years old. He’s doing just fine now, thank you very much. Big Thurman also owns a farm near Gallatin. Big Thurman was 59 with Little Thurman came along. (Gives me hope). Little Thurman has The Great American Farm Face — what a striking and handsome young man. Big Thurman has The Great American Mustache.

Also, these Great Pyrenees dogs are just amazing. Somehow, they come out of the womb ready to protect goats. It’s buried in their DNA. They’ll follow them around, and then, oddly, just lie down in the field and go to sleep. (See bottom photo, and photo above). As we were leaving that day, this one cat was perched on the stone post that leads up the house. It was regal — almost like those cheesy lion or dog statues that flank driveway entrances on Franklin Road.


Ayesha Nur: Sufi and Candlemaker

Posted: March 4th, 2011 | Filed under: feature, great face, home, sufi | 4 Comments »

I met Ayesha Nur through my good friend Diana Stewart. Ayesha lives in Sterling Court. (Actually, let’s be honest — who in Nashville has not lived in Sterling Court at least once in their life? I lived in, I think, E-2, years ago. Before that, Beth Middleworth lived in my apartment, and also Virginia Team before Beth. Sterling Court is like some kind of rite of passage). Anyway, Ayesha ran a retail store above my friend Jenn Casale, over in East Nashville for awhile, but now, she sells her candles out of her apartment. Her apartment is like a museum — a tribute to all her travels around the world.


Nichole Hanna: Bellydancer, Mother

Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Filed under: bellydancer, collector, home | 6 Comments »

I met Nichole Hanna very recently at a Yoga Carnival at Steadfast and True. She was set up in the corner, doing henna treatments on anyone in the crowd. She had on a beautiful metal headdress that night. So we called her about a week later, to see if we could shoot more images. She and her husband Brandon, (who runs Lone Wolf Tattoo), bought a foreclosure home in East Nashville and brought it back to life. They met on the Renaissance Festival tour. Now, with the addition of their son Aidan, they’ve settled into a nice family life.

Nichole in the dining room of her home; background image of detail from her costume.

Nichole in her back yard, in front of the bamboo wall.

Her son Aidan in the driveway, sneaking a kiss.

Details from her collection, from international travel.

Chastity Belt and other jewelry.

Henna treatment.

Her husband Brandon, with son Aidan, in their driveway.


Allison Marusic: Vintage Home

Posted: February 16th, 2011 | Filed under: collector, home | 2 Comments »

I met Allison Marusic last summer. Somehow I heard about her Red Barn Roundup, and it sounded exciting. At that time, I lived in a condo in East Nashville. I think RBR started as a pot-luck for a bunch of East Nashville friends, and they added live music in the covered carport behind Allison’s home. But it’s not until you enter her home that you really get the full effect — every room is like a vintage museum, detailed with wonderful furniture, artwork, personal photographs, and globes. (I didn’t count how many world globes, but a lot). Plus, to boot, Allison is as sweet as they come — always welcoming, with a smile, and just a kind genuine person.

Once upon a time, I was married, long long ago, and our home was decorated (by Gina) in a very similar style as Allison’s, so maybe that’s why I feel so at home there. (I told Allison the other day about a story of our old home, where the kitchen cabinet doors were removed, to highlight the FiestaWare collection, and I was given one tiny, skinny cabinet for my real-world coffee cups). It was kind of a funny story. Kind of.

I’m not sure about the plans for the next Red Barn Roundup; I think it might even be June of 2011 before she cranks it up again.