Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at The Birchmere

Ricky Skaggs warms up backstage at The Birchmere (1/27/18) – photo by Jeromie Stephens

When Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder made a stop at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA this past weekend, our ever crafty photographer Jerome Stephens was on hand. He captured a portion of a performance that most fans rarely witness, backstage warmup and soundcheck, before the guys have stage clothes and show faces on.

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Jeromie Stephens

Jeromie Stephens has been photographing bluegrass musicians for a little over 30 years. In keeping with the photo-reportage styles of Jim Marshall, Carl Fleischauer and Les Leverett, he shoots in black and white and tries to always stay in close to his subjects. He was first published by FRETS! Magazine in 1986, his junior year of high school. He's illustrated articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, The Washington Post, The Nashville Tennessean and Fretboard Journal. Additionally his photos have been used in CD packages for musicians like Tony Rice, Danny Gatton and Lou Pallo. Jeromie lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, April and youngest son, JJ. You are likely to see JJ with his Dad taking photos at festivals.