Music Overview/History

The PDF link (CLICK HERE) at the bottom of this page will take you to a complete list of musicians. The list covers a wide spectrum of music and types of photographs beginning in the early 1970’s. Most are black/white and were taken onstage. In addition to b/w I have color photos (look for a C) of some musicians. A few musicians are color only. I also have a number of off stage photos (indicated by an asterisk*). In recent years photographs of Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band (2008), Los Lonely Boys (2007), Green River Ordinance (multiple years), Red Steagall and the Boys In the Bunkhouse (2005), Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses (2010), Tedeschi Trucks Band (2012-2013-2014-2015), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (2015), Doyle Bramhall II (2015) & the Steve Miller Band* (2012-2013-2014-2015) are digital (D).

Ernie Ball Music Man used images of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Hubert Sumlin and B. B. King in their Buddy Guy documentary which aired on national television in March 2016.

The Grammy Museum PRIDE & JOY:THE TEXAS BLUES OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHN exhibit opened in Tulsa, OK March 31st, 2016 and travels through 2017. The exhibit is using multiple B/W and Color images of Watt’s from 1975-1990.

Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder Revue photographs in the Columbia release Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. 1-November 2013.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band “Darkness On the Edge of Town” box set has five photographs taken Dec. 7, 1978 in Austin-November 2010.

Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder Revue photograph in the Columbia Legacy release “Dylan” a deluxe 3 CD box set-October 2007.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Columbia box set “The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story” 2010 has five photographs taken Dec. 7th, 1978 in Austin, TX. At that time I was unknown and snuck cameras and lenses in with the help of friends. That all changed after a concert in Dallas when I gave Bruce Jackson, Bruce’s sound engineer a box of b/w prints I had taken at the show a night or two earlier and Bruce graciously said, “These are good; I will show them to Bruce.” The phone rang a day or two later and numerous photographs were used in the songbook for “The River”. After that Bruce Jackson or Bruce’s management gave me photo passes which led to numerous photographs being used in other releases, cover of the War single in several books, magazines, press release material for his record company and online. Bruce Jackson tragically died in Jan 2011 and his family lost a husband and father and the world of music lost one of the most innovative, gracious, humble men to work in the industry. It is a well known that the two Bruce’s would walk all over an arena or stadium checking the sound and if the sound was not right it was up to Bruce to solve the problem so the other Bruce’s fans would have the best possible experience. Thank you Bruce for opening the door for me to the other Bruce.

The cover story in the Austin Monthly magazine featured a photograph of Stevie Ray Vaughan-2010.

The cover of the Italian magazine Chitarre featured a photograph of Stevie Ray Vaughan-2009.

Craig Hopkins “Day by Day, Night After Night” published in 2008 and “the essential Stevie Ray Vaughan” published in 2000 have numerous photographs on stage and off.

G. Brown is working on a coffee table book “Red Rocks” (Colorado) that will have photographs of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band taken August 17th, 1981-release tentative.

Bob Dylan during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour is in the Columbia Legacy release “Dylan” a deluxe 3 CD box set-2007.

A photograph of Willie Nelson, Kenneth Threadgill and Leon Russell at Willie’s first Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs July 1973 in the Rhino release: “Willie Nelson” The Complete Atlantic Sessions”-June 2006.

The only photograph in their new CD “the beauty of letting go” Virgin Records recording artists Green River Ordinance, a Fort Worth, Texas, band plus numerous images being used by in their web and publicity materials were shot in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 including their opening for Bon Jovi in Dallas, January 2006 & the Goo Goo Dolls in Dallas, TX August 2010. Green River Ordinance left Virgin, is now successfully releasing their music independently, touring and working from their Ft. Worth TX base.

Sony/Legacy used five photographs of Muddy Waters and assorted musicians in rereleases of the late Muddy Waters: “King Bee”, “I’m Ready” and “Hard Again”-2004. All photographs were taken in the mid-1970s at Antone’s Home of the Blues in Austin, Texas.

The DVD 2004 documentary on “Antone’s Home of the Blues” features 30 of Watt’s black & white photographs of musicians such as Albert King, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Band, Junior Wells, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others who played Antone’s in Austin Texas in the mid-1970’s.

Sony/Legacy used two photographs in the CD “Stevie Ray Vaughan: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues”-2003.

Back cover photograph on the CD “Life Lines” David Allen Hammond’s (songwriter with/for Jimmie Dale Gilmore and on his own)-2002.

Photographs in the late Stevie Ray Vaughan Box Set “SRV”-2000, Bruce Springsteen’s cover on the single “War”, and in the book that came with the “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live 1975-1985”.

Also Eric Johnson’s “Ah Via Musicom”, Freddy King video/DVD releases by Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop, Butch Hancock and Eddie Taylor CD releases Books, Publications, PR Packages & Songbooks.

Guitarist magazine, England, photograph of Stevie Ray Vaughan-April 2007. Photographs of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band appear in “Bruce Springsteen On Tour: 1968-2005” by Dave Marsh-October 2006.

Photographs in “An American Journey The Oak Ridge Boys” a coffee table book – October 2004.

Guitar World: black-and-white and color photographs of Stevie Ray Vaughan in the Legends issue-October 2004.

Geffen Records: John Fogerty taken during his 2004 summer tour. Fender Musical Instruments: Stevie Ray Vaughan photograph in Fender Frontline catalogs-2003 & 2004.

Guitar Player: Stevie Ray Vaughan the cover photograph and inside-Feb. 2002.

Delta Blues Museum acquired a set of prints of the blues masters through Benson and Hedges in 1990 and Takamini Guitar Co. used an outdoor photograph of country musician Mark Chestnutt in their ad campaign for the Santa Fe guitars.

“The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll”, the Charles Cross book “Backstreets Springsteen the Man and His Music”, “Picture the Blues” by Susan Antone and others.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s “The River” songbook, Sony Music Posters for Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band Live 1975-1985 had numerous photographs.

The following used photographs: The Benson and Hedges Blues Tour press release and publicity packages, Rolling Stone magazine, Billboard magazine and numerous other magazines and newspapers.

I started photographing musicians in the early 1970’s in Austin Texas at The Armadillo, at the original Antone’s Home of the Blues on Sixth Street, worked for Showco Sound on Eric Clapton’s 1974 summer tour, other clubs and concerts, various arenas and stadiums and have continued photographing Eric Clapton thru the Pilgrim tour in 2001. Many of these were taken with the benefit of stage passes or access to the front/back of the stage. I have photographed some artists on different occasions, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble from the mid 1970’s through April 1990. Other performers were photographed once when they passed through Austin, San Antonio, Dallas or Houston.

Photographs of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Steve Miller Band were taken in several states over a number of years.

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Musician List

To see a complete list of musicians photographed by Watt Casey, download this PDF.

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