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My dearest friend Liz and her husband Brandt have a band called 9th Street Shakedown. Named after a Ryan Adams song, this quartet plays dirty, blues infused rock & roll just as god (or the devil) intended. Their influences range from the Rolling Stones to the Damned, Howlin’ Wolf to the Music Machine; and they’ve played with everyone from the Boss Martins to the Joneses. This Phoenix, AZ band hasn’t been around long, but are definately ones to watch out for.

photo: Andy Hartmark

 I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of Liz. A self described ‘rock star of a woman’, she’s lived a life worthy of a best selling tell all book. But unlike most folks who’ve gone over the edge, she’s made it through to the other side, victorious above it all.

She’s also bold, intelligent, and easily the best dressed gal in Arizona! Few people know how to make an entrance quite like her. Oozing with a sensual style inspired by bands and groupies of the 60s and 70s, her extensive wardrobe is a mix of vintage dresses, tight black denim, sky high heels and oh so southwestern silver jewelry. Tough girl chic personified. She continues to amaze and inspire me.

photo: Andy Hartmark 

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3 years ago I was living in Phoenix, AZ. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, as there’s certain things I miss about it. The beauty of the desert, the dry heat (10x better than TX humidity), 80 degree ‘winters’, the friends I made out there, and the incredible mid century architecture!  Needless to say, I’ve been reminiscing through old photos, and decided I’d share some with you.

Here’s some architectural photos I took out there; mainly of buildings from the 50s and early 60s, with a few older ones added for good measure. Do enjoy, and credit/link back if you repost.

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 This original goldrush era brothel still stands (original sign and all) and currently houses a gift shop. Jerome is full of historic buildings, most of which are haunted. Repost if you wish, just credit/link back.