Bill Steber: Stones In My Pathway // Bill's band: Jake Leg Stompers
I've been a fan of Bill Steber's photography since I first saw his iconic black and white photos on the cd covers of Fat Possum Records artists like Junior Kimbrough. Bill recently posted these photos on Facebook and with his kind permission i'm posting them here.
"In May of 2010 I traveled to Natchez MS with my darkroom and 8x10 view cameras to make wetplate photos for a story on the Natchez blues scene for Living Blues magazine. Natchez has a such a haunted history, being the site of one of the largest slave auctions in the antebellum south, Civil War battles, and in 1940-the nation's most tragic single fire to date, when 209 people died at the Rhythm Club. I wanted the photos to capture the gothic and timeless feeling of Natchez. Many thanks to the performers there who sat for long exposures in the sweltering heat to make this story possible. This issue of Living Blues is now on newsstands"
Tintype photo of Little Poochie at Rosalie Mansion for Living Blues story on the Natchez, MS blues scene.
Tintype photo of Mississippi River Bridge connecting Natchez MS to
Vidalia, LA for Living Blues story on the Natchez, MS blues scene.
Tintype photo of Elmo Willams
Tintype photo of Hezekiah Early made at his home
Tintype photo of Trustee Prisoners working the 1st annual Soul Survivors Blues festival in downtown Ferriday, LA that featured performers from the Natchez area
Tintype photo of slave chains embedded in concrete at the Forks in the Road historical slave auction site in Natchez MS. Located at the edge of the city limit along what is now St. Catherine at Liberty Rd., the Forks in the Road contained numerous wooden buildings housing slaves and the second largest slave auction site in the South.
Tintype photo of Robert Cage
Tintype of YZ Ealey
Tintype photo of (l to r) Little Poochie, Hezekiah Early and YZ Ealey