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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Reveals His Favorite Instagram Accounts

Best known as the mouthpiece of Virginia metal outfit Lamb of God, Randy Blythe is also a book author (you can read an excerpt from his powerful new memoir, Dark Days, here) and an avid amateur photographer. He shares some his most striking shots on his Instagram account, which Rolling Stone recently named one of the 100 Best. Here he reveals five of his favorite accounts on the photo-sharing platform:

Brian Brown

“Brian is a friend of me and my guitarist Mark [Morton], and an up-and-coming young photographer from Richmond, Virginia. I go shooting with him from time to time, hook him up with guest list slots when I can, and I’m always very impressed by the progression of his work, especially his live band shots. Keep your eye on this kid – I foresee good things for him.” 

 

@levibenton and his flowing hair at @thenorva tonight. @missmayiband #missmayi #levibenton #thenorva #norva

A photo posted by Brianbrown (@_brianbrown) on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:34am PST

Quentin Vogel

“Lamb of God was in South Africa, so I messaged this dude on Instagram and said, ‘Hey, will you come take me around Cape Town to shoot? I’ll guest-list you.’ Quentin showed up and took me on an all day photo journey – I had started following him because he was a Lamb of God fan who shot beautiful portraits of the people of Cape Town. Great dude with an awesome eye for the South African landscape and streets!”

 

Long exposure of Lions head, Cape Town #cityofcapetown #southafrica #meetsouthafrica #southafricaza #amazingcapetown #instagram_sa #instagramcapetown #lionshead #sunset #magicpic #travel

A photo posted by Quentin Vogel (@kwintinvogel) on Apr 27, 2015 at 1:20am PDT

Acey Slade

“This is my bro Acey Slade, best known as a musician [Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Murderdolls, Dope], but he has developed into quite the photographer. I really enjoy Acey’s shots of NYC life, and we’ve gone shooting in the abandoned subway tunnels a time or two together. Always a good time shooting with my homie!”

 

Was it ‘Worth’ it? Hell yea! #killtheunderground #abandoned #abandoned_junkies #grime #urbex #urbandecay #sfx_decay #sfx_urbex #straphangers #subway #newyorkcity

A photo posted by Acey Slade Pics (@aceypics) on May 15, 2015 at 7:24am PDT

Kevin Wilson

“Kevin is the owner of Sacred Gallery in Soho, the spot where I had my first photo exhibit. Besides being a true supporter of the arts, Kevin likes to make art himself – his trip is going into dirty abandoned old buildings and shoot pictures of decaying, probably toxic, subjects. Some people like it grimy!”

 

Sometimes. You find dead things on your urban exploring missions. This shot was taken with my Sony a7ii. Full frame mirrorless 24mp. Raw. Straight from the camera. No edits. No filters. One of the many reasons I solely shoot Sony now. #Sony #sonya7ii #ishootmirrorless #photo #abandoned #abandonedbuildings #abandonedbutnotforgotten #Discarded_butnot_forgotten #beautyindecay #urbanexploring #abandonedporn #abandonedplaces #documentingdecay #photo #photography #digitalphotography #exploring_shotz #abandoned_junkies #abandonednature #urbex #abandoned_world #outcast_america

A photo posted by Kevin RC Wilson (@kevinwilsonnyc) on Jun 28, 2015 at 10:39pm PDT

Doug11

“Yet another friend of mine from up north, Doug is a NYC firefighter [whose account is set to private] and first responder who travels to disaster stricken areas to do rescue work and provide aid. Crazy little fucker, Doug is, and he see’s a lot of crazy stuff. I encouraged him to get a camera and take photos of some of the stuff he encounters during his travels. His eye for abandoned buildings has gotten quite sharp.”

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Reveals His Favorite Instagram Accounts

Best known as the mouthpiece of Virginia metal outfit Lamb of God, Randy Blythe is also a book author (you can read an excerpt from his powerful new memoir, Dark Days, here) and an avid amateur photographer. He shares some his most striking shots on his Instagram account, which Rolling Stone recently named one of the 100 Best. Here he reveals five of his favorite accounts on the photo-sharing platform:

Brian Brown

“Brian is a friend of me and my guitarist Mark [Morton], and an up-and-coming young photographer from Richmond, Virginia. I go shooting with him from time to time, hook him up with guest list slots when I can, and I’m always very impressed by the progression of his work, especially his live band shots. Keep your eye on this kid – I foresee good things for him.” 

 

@levibenton and his flowing hair at @thenorva tonight. @missmayiband #missmayi #levibenton #thenorva #norva

A photo posted by Brianbrown (@_brianbrown) on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:34am PST

Quentin Vogel

“Lamb of God was in South Africa, so I messaged this dude on Instagram and said, ‘Hey, will you come take me around Cape Town to shoot? I’ll guest-list you.’ Quentin showed up and took me on an all day photo journey – I had started following him because he was a Lamb of God fan who shot beautiful portraits of the people of Cape Town. Great dude with an awesome eye for the South African landscape and streets!”

 

Long exposure of Lions head, Cape Town #cityofcapetown #southafrica #meetsouthafrica #southafricaza #amazingcapetown #instagram_sa #instagramcapetown #lionshead #sunset #magicpic #travel

A photo posted by Quentin Vogel (@kwintinvogel) on Apr 27, 2015 at 1:20am PDT

Acey Slade

“This is my bro Acey Slade, best known as a musician [Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Murderdolls, Dope], but he has developed into quite the photographer. I really enjoy Acey’s shots of NYC life, and we’ve gone shooting in the abandoned subway tunnels a time or two together. Always a good time shooting with my homie!”

 

Was it ‘Worth’ it? Hell yea! #killtheunderground #abandoned #abandoned_junkies #grime #urbex #urbandecay #sfx_decay #sfx_urbex #straphangers #subway #newyorkcity

A photo posted by Acey Slade Pics (@aceypics) on May 15, 2015 at 7:24am PDT

Kevin Wilson

“Kevin is the owner of Sacred Gallery in Soho, the spot where I had my first photo exhibit. Besides being a true supporter of the arts, Kevin likes to make art himself – his trip is going into dirty abandoned old buildings and shoot pictures of decaying, probably toxic, subjects. Some people like it grimy!”

 

Sometimes. You find dead things on your urban exploring missions. This shot was taken with my Sony a7ii. Full frame mirrorless 24mp. Raw. Straight from the camera. No edits. No filters. One of the many reasons I solely shoot Sony now. #Sony #sonya7ii #ishootmirrorless #photo #abandoned #abandonedbuildings #abandonedbutnotforgotten #Discarded_butnot_forgotten #beautyindecay #urbanexploring #abandonedporn #abandonedplaces #documentingdecay #photo #photography #digitalphotography #exploring_shotz #abandoned_junkies #abandonednature #urbex #abandoned_world #outcast_america

A photo posted by Kevin RC Wilson (@kevinwilsonnyc) on Jun 28, 2015 at 10:39pm PDT

Doug11

“Yet another friend of mine from up north, Doug is a NYC firefighter [whose account is set to private] and first responder who travels to disaster stricken areas to do rescue work and provide aid. Crazy little fucker, Doug is, and he see’s a lot of crazy stuff. I encouraged him to get a camera and take photos of some of the stuff he encounters during his travels. His eye for abandoned buildings has gotten quite sharp.”

You Can Now Pre-Order Fendi Karlito Bag Bugs Online

Fendi-Karlito-Fur-Bag-Charm

The first run of the Fendi Karlito Bag Charm was so successful that I never actually saw one for sale anywhere, either online or in stores. The wait lists were long, and although Megs was able to get on one and get a Karlito of her own, plenty of people who wanted to carry the tiny, furry visage of Karl Lagerfeld were out of luck. Today, their luck has changed.

As we’ve reported a couple of times over the past few months, Fendi is expanding its Karlito line for fall with both totes and phone cases, and the brand is also introducing new Karlito charms that you might actually be able to get your hands on, if you’re so inclined. Fair warning, though: they’re considerably more expensive than the already-spendy monster Bag Bugs.

Several versions of the Karlito charm are now available for pre-order around the Internet. Check them out and make your choices below.

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Hear Warren Haynes Go Bluegrass on New Solo Cut ‘Is It Me Or You’

Warren Haynes has made his name as the frontman who rips virtuosic lead guitar in the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, but there’s another side to him he hasn’t explored yet: folk singer. Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Haynes often went to gigs by local folk heroes Doc and Merle Watson and befriended older songwriters like Larry Rhodes and Ray Sisk. “I never wanted to pursue that direction as an artist, but that whole folk music scene influenced me greatly as a songwriter,” Haynes says. 

Haynes keeps an acoustic guitar close by wherever he goes, and has written several folk and bluegrass-flavored songs as he’s toured with acts including the Allmans, the Dead and Gov’t Mule. “I have more songs written in this direction, probably more than I have in any other direction. . .but I never really had a home for them,” he says. That changed when he met the bluegrass band Railroad Earth when they opened up for the Allmans at Red Rocks. They teamed up for Ashes and Dust, out July 24th, which features work with friends like Grace Potter (who joins Haynes for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman”) and Allman alum Oteil Burbridge (who plays on “Spots of Time,” which Haynes co-wrote with friend Phil Lesh.)

The decades-old “Is It Me Or You,” a slow-rolling confrontation to a friend, is a standout. Haynes says he wrote the song in the Eighties about a friend who was “in a downward spiral at the time.”  “He had actually reached a place where he was blaming everyone but himself. And we were so close, and my life was moving in a positive direction and his was moving in a negative direction. And it was a lot of guilt trip going on, causing me to question my own motivations. You know, how it is when you care about someone.”

Haynes was always hesitant to record the song. “It’s always been an extremely personal song to me and I always wanted to record it but never felt like I had the right reason.” But he changed his mind when he heard the band’s mandolin, fiddle and banjo paired with his electric guitar on the track. “It kind of brought the song to life in a way that felt like the way I wrote it,” he says.

9 Things We Know About Brett Eldredge’s ‘Illinois’ Album

Brett Eldredge smiles when complimented on the soulful, unique voice that makes him such an instantly recognizable artist on country radio. But he doesn’t exactly take the compliment. “I’m still working on that,” he responds, explaining that both his singing and songwriting identities are constantly evolving. But what he will boast about are the sonic and lyrical leaps that highlight Illinois, his second studio album due out September 11th.

Eldredge doesn’t want to fix what’s not broken; his debut album, Bring You Back, yielded three Number One singles and helped him earn the coveted CMA New Artist of the Year award. But it was that success that gave him the confidence boost to enhance his signature sound by channeling a few more of his heroes outside the country lines, namely from the soul and R&B worlds. And the current queen of pop is partly to thank for a more open, heart-on-his-sleeve approach to his songwriting for the LP.

Eldredge sat down with Rolling Stone Country to listen to a few songs from Illinois and talk about why the making of the upcoming album has been, he says, “the best I’ve ever felt in the studio.” Here are nine things we learned during our chat.

Eldredge, who has been known to use office supplies as instruments, is thankful his Illinois co-producers don’t think he’s lost his mind.
Brett Eldredge the singer may sound polished on radio, but Brett Eldredge the producer is all about capturing raw (and even flawed) moments. “My producing style is fresh. I like when you capture something during the moment of inspiration,” says the musician, who co-produced Illinois with Ross Copperman and Brad Crisler. “So we’ll use some of the vocals from the day we wrote the song. And a lot of the guitar parts are what I just sing to Ross, and Ross knows exactly what I want. I’ll even beat-box to him or I’ll pick up a stapler from his desk and jokingly make percussion and he’ll record the stapler. Luckily Ross doesn’t think I’m crazy. He’s so brilliant in the studio, it freaks me out a little.”

He co-wrote every track on the album.
Eldredge listens to outside songs “all the time,” he says, looking for his own personal connections to gems he didn’t pen, such as his first album’s “Bring You Back.” But for Illinois, he got on a songwriting roll — a long and fruitful one. “I just got in a groove where it was really working,” he says. “When lyrics come from you and your stories and your soul, they’re even more believable sometimes.”

Taylor Swift influenced his songwriting style.
Just after wrapping work on his debut album, Eldredge opened shows on the country-pop phenom’s 2013 Red Tour, soaking in her lyrical diary entries night after night. “I remember when she’d be talking about some guy that did her wrong, and she’d call him out in a song and be honest with it — just say it, not scared. And if she’d fallen in love, she’d straight out say it, too,” he recalls. “People love and accept her for that. Honesty in her music is her most important thing. That’s what I’ve learned, to make my records sound like my own thing. . . You can find yourself [asking], ‘Am I writing this song because this is what I’m supposed to say, or am I writing this song because this is what I want to say?’ Just write what is truthful to you.”

There’s not another “Raymond” on the album.
Eldredge isn’t sure anything he’ll ever write again will turn on as many waterworks as his debut single, which was inspired by his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. But the one song that may come close is “Lose It All,” another collaboration with “Raymond” co-writer Brad Crisler, along with the legendary Bill Anderson. “I love to write heartbreak songs, because who hasn’t been through that?” Eldredge asks. “I love when my favorite singers sing about heartbreak, because it makes you feel like you’re not the only one. ‘Raymond’ was such a personal thing for me. . . but I don’t wanna make you cry too much.”

Unleashing his inner Ray Charles was the goal behind releasing “Lose My Mind” as the LP’s first single.
Eldredge wanted to show his more soulful side on the entire album and decided the carefree, R&B-tinged tune was its best introduction. “I wanted to branch out and do something totally different than what I’ve been doing,” says the longtime fan of Charles. “It has a different vibe and a soulful kind of groove.”

An interview question sparked one of his favorite tracks.
Just before taking the stage at the Kansas Motor Speedway last year, Eldredge started thinking about an open-ended question recently posed to him by a reporter: “What do you want to do with your music?” He came up with a great answer that may have been too late for the interview, but was right on time for the making of Illinois. With his ear monitors already in, he looked at co-writer Scooter Carusoe as he was walking on stage and said, “I wanna write a song called ‘I Wanna Be That Song.'” Fast forward three months later and Carusoe reminded him of that goal, sitting down with him to make it happen. “I want to be that song that helps you through something, or that made you fall in love or made you want to dance,” Eldredge explains of the tune’s message. “It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve been a part of.”

The new music is tough on his tour wardrobe.
Eldredge has been opening shows on the Darius Rucker Southern Style Tour with “Fire,” testing out the lively love song on audiences before they can buy it. “I feed off high energy,” he says of starting his set with such an electric bang, “and by the end of the song I’m already sweating.”

“Illinois” was written in Illinois.
Eldredge waxes poetic on his upbringing with the piano-driven title track, which is laden with soaring vocals and vivid imagery. “It’s about more than just being from Illinois; you can be from Texas, Utah, Tennessee. . . Wherever you come from, it’s always in your heart, and that’s what I wanted to capture with this song,” says the country star, who wrote the track with Tom Douglas and Brad Crisler after a day driving around the rural Illinois farm community where he grew up.

Illinois comes at a time when Eldredge is taking a pay-it-forward cue from Blake Shelton.
The singer-songwriter has teamed with Snagajob for its “Hourly Gig” singing contest, with the winner to open a show for Eldredge later this month. “I remember what it’s like to have a job to make ends meet on top of chasing a career,” he says. “When I was just starting out, I was dying to have someone let me open a show for them. Blake Shelton was the first person who brought me on for an opener. I didn’t have a single out or anything, and here was this great opportunity to get in front of a lot of fans. And now Blake is a good friend of mine and I want to be in his position where I can help somebody, too. “

You can vote on the Top Five Hourly Gig finalists here through July 15th.