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Tristan, the psychobilly rocker
Have you ever heard of psychobilly? I hadn’t either, until I met Tristan, who was playing his acoustic guitar on the Downtown Mall. I liked his style and went up to ask him for a portrait. He was a little concerned, at first, because he didn’t want to walk off and leave his guitar and his guitar case, where folks had been tossing in dollars and change for his musical efforts. Luckily my wife was with me, and she agreed to watch his things for him while we walked over to a less sunny patch of pavement for a portrait. Tristan is the lead singer for a band called Rock n Roll Cannibals, and they play a type of music called psychobilly, a sort of twisted relative of rockabilly, and they just released their first album, entitled aptly enough, Blood and Pommade. Tristan had the sort of presence that made it clear why he’s the frontman of a successful band, and he was a wonderful portrait subject. Plus, as is so often the case with the people I’ve met on my project, he taught me something new and intersting.
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA