Danny Clinch showcases photos and NJ musicians in ‘Locals and Icons’ series

Danny Clinch locals and icons

Cranston Dean, left, and Danny Clinch look at one of Clinch’s photos of Bruce Springsteen.

Photographer and musician Danny Clinch has figured out a clever way to showcase both his own photos and New Jersey performers. His weekly “Locals and Icons” online series features musicians talking about one of his photos of a prominent artist, and then performing one of those artists’ songs.

The interviews — featuring Cranston Dean, Rachel Ana Dobken, Deseree Spinks and more, talking about and playing songs of Bruce Springsteen, Blind Melon, Erykah Badu and other artists Clinch has worked with — have been filmed at Clinch’s Transparent Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park. The artists have been filmed performed acoustically there, though when Clinch’s own Tangiers Blues Band was featured, in Episodes 7 and 8 (playing songs of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash), the performances were at the nearby Wonder Bar.

The episodes have been airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Facebook, and are archived on YouTube. I have also embedded them below, and will continue to do so as new episodes are added.

1. Rachel Ana Dobken: Blind Melon’s “Mouthful of Cavities”

2. The Mercury Brothers’ Dan Apy and Dave Apy: Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”

3. Tara Dente and Nicole Scorsone: Radiohead’s “The Tourist”

4. Pamela Flores: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante”

5. Deseree Spinks: Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady”

6. Cranston Dean: Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light”

7. Tangiers Blues Band: Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”

8. Tangiers Blues Band: Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”

9. Tangiers Blues Band: The Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” plus bonus performance footage

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