About Me and Playlists

 Hi! My name is Luca Vitali (a.k.a. Borderwolf) and I live in Traversetolo, Italy. I love shrimps and red wine, rock' n 'roll and the borderlands across Mexico and U.S.A. My favourite album is Ragged Glory (Neil Young + Crazy Horse, of course). I started being a music photographer in 1998. My shots keep up the emotions that I feel in listening live music. With my photos I wish I could let the music be looked at, just as if you were with me right under that particular stage. You can use my photos for your web-site, newspaper, magazine…: please credit Luca Vitali or (and) picturesfromrock-west.it, and send me link to the page where you used it. "Seeing" music is not the same as listening to it, but I guess this is way to relive the time passed in front of the stage (something behind it, together with musicians), and to relive it with you. Please, take my advice, support live music. 

Ciao! Il mio nome è Luca Vitali (ma mi chiamano anche Borderwolf) e vivo a Traversetolo, in Italia. Adoro i gamberetti e i vini rossi, il rock e la zona di confine tra il Messico e gli Stati Uniti. Il mio disco preferito è Ragged Glory di Neil Young + Crazy Horse. Fotografo musica dal vivo dal 1998. Guardando le mie foto puoi avere un'idea delle emozioni che mi danno i concerti che vado a vedere. Puoi usare le mie foto per siti web, giornali, riviste, ma ricordati di mettere il nome (Luca Vitali) o picturesfromrock-west.it e di avvisarmi quando le usi. "Guardare" la musica, è vero, non è come ascoltarla, ma questo è un modo per rivivere per sempre i momenti passati davanti (e spesso anche dietro, con i musicisti) al palco. Ascolta un mio consiglio, supporta la musica dal vivo.

Albums currently in heavy rotation in my stereo

40 Watt Sun - perfect light
Edward Abbiati - beat the night
Albert Ray - the drifter comes back to town / the Texas recordings
Dave Alvin - from an old guitar: rare and unreleased recordings
Blue Rodeo - many a mile
Sarah Borges - together alone

Jackson Browne - downhill from everywhere
Melissa Carper - daddy's country gold
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - strange adventures on planet earth
Ashland Craft - travelin' kind
Rodney Crowell - triage
Kat Danser - one eye open
Ward Davis - black cats and crows
Jesse Dayton - beaumonster
Drift Mouth - loveridge is burning
Tim Easton - you don't really know me
Vincent Neil Emerson - Vincent Neil Emerson
The Georgia Satellites - ultimate
Amy Helm - what the flood leaves behind
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - leftover feelings
Malcolm Holcombe - tricks of the trade
The Kentucky Headhunters - ... that's a fact, Jack!
Massimiliano Larocca - exit / enfer
Ned LeDoux - buckskin
Marmaja - nontengocasa
James McMurtry - the horses and the hounds
Shannon McNally - the Waylon sessions
John Mellencamp - strictly a one-eyed jack
Joseph Parsons - at mercy's edge
Paolo Persia - luce solida
Pretty Archie - Pretty Archie
Hugo Race Fatalists - once upon a time in Italy
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - nightroamer
Sophie & The Broken Things - delusions of grandeur

The Wallflowers - exit wounds
Lucinda Williams - Bob's back pages: a night of Bob Dylan songs
Lucinda Williams - have yourself a rockin' little Christmas
Lucinda Williams - you are cordially invited... a tribute to The Rolling Stones
Lucinda Williams - southern soul / funny how time slips away: a night of 60's country classics
Carolyn Wonderland - tempting fate
Neil Young - Archives Vol. II 1972/1976
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - barn
Thalia Zedek - perfect vision


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2021

Kat Danser - one eye open
Drift Mouth
- loveridge is burning
The Flatlanders - treasure of love
- ritorno al fuoco
Malcolm Holcombe - tricks of the trade
James McMurtry
- the horses and the hounds
Shannon McNally - the Waylon sessions
Willie Nelson - first rose of spring
The Wallflowers - exit wounds
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - barn


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2020

Ennrico Cipollini & The Skyhorses - crossing
Chad Kostner
- Highway 63
Robyn Ludwick
- Lake Charles
Jono Manson
- silver moon
Arlo McKinley
- die midwestern
Roberto Menabò
- the mountain sessions / blues & guitar excursions
Willie Nile
- New York at night
Rick Shea
- love & desperation
Joshua Ray Walker
- glad you made it


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2019

Will Beeley - highways & heart attacks
Lila Downs
- al chile
Eilen Jewell
- gypsy
Chris Knight
- almost daylight
- americana
Tom Russell
- October in the railroad earth
- references / songs about songwriters
Kristina Stykos
- river of light
- forever
Colter Wall
- songs of the plains
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Colorado


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2018

The ACC - beautiful, at night
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock
Ned Ledoux
- sagebrush
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams
- vanished gardens
Lara Manzanares
- land baby
Rich Minus
- this son is a stranger to you
Whitey Morgan & The 78's
- hard times and white lines
John Prine
- the tree of forgiveness
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
- years
Los Texmaniacs
- cruzando borders
Willard Grant Conspiracy
- untethered
- anxiety


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2017

Giampaolo Corradini & The Weekend Warriors - Giampaolo Corradini & The Weekend Warriors
Lila Downs
- salòn, làgrimas y deseo
Drive-By Truckers
- american band
Fabrizio Frabetti
- verso casa
- calibro 77
Rhiannon Giddens
- freedom highway
Christopher Gold & The New Old Things
- you are a ghost
John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter
- sad clowns & hillbillies
Willie Nelson
- God's problem child
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
- sidelong
Emmanuelle Sigal
- table rase
Lucinda Williams
- this sweet old world
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
- the visitor


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2016

Cesare Carugi - crooner freak
Margot Cotten - 2&2
Blackie Farrell - cold country blues
Holygold - the color white
Sarah Pierce
- barbed wire
Fabrizio Poggi and The Amazing Texas Blues Voices
John Prine
- for better, or worse
various artists - southern family
Lucinda Williams - the ghosts of Highway 20
Peter Wolf - a cure for loneliness
Dwight Yoakam - swimmin' pools, movie stars...
Neil Young - peace trail


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2015

Asleep at the Wheel - still the king / celebrating the music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
Brent Best - your dog, Champ
Ryan Bingham - fear and saturday night
Ward Davis
- 15 years in a 10 year town
- sangue e cenere
Eilen Jewell - sundown over ghost town
Joseph Martone and The Travelling Souls
- glowing in the dark
James McMurtry
- complicated game
Alice Pisano
- something good
Tom Russell
- the Rose of Roscrae (a ballad of the West)
Emmanuelle Sigal - songs from the underground
The Turnpike Troubadours
- The Turnpike Troubadours
Neil Young & Promise of The Real
- the Monsanto years


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2014

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - common ground: play and sing the songs of Big Bill Broonzy
Rosanne Cash
- the river & the thread
Mary Cutrufello
- faithless world
Drive-By Truckers
- english oceans
Jerry Lee Lewis
- rock & roll time
John Mellencamp - plain spoken
Mike and The Moonpies - the hard way
Willie Nelson - band of brothers
Paul maD Gang
- #ridingwithme
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo
- spaghetti juke joint
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
- Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
Lucinda Williams
- down where the spirit meets the bone


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2013

Terry Allen - bottom of the world
James Cotton
- cotton mouth man
Casey Donahew Band
- standoff
The Del-Lords
- Elvis Club
John Fogerty
- wrote a song for everyone
Jamey Johnson
- living for a song: a tribute to Hank Cochran
Kasey Lansdale
- restless
Ashley Monroe
- like a rose
Willie Nile
- american ride
Pistol Annies
- Annie up
Reckless Kelly
- long night moon
Son Volt
- honky tonk
Dale Watson and His Lonestars
- El Rancho Azul


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2012

Alabama Shakes - boys and girls
Bobby Bare
- darker than light
- Chemako
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band
- when I'm president
Kris Kristofferson
- feeling mortal
Chuck Leavell
- back to the woods
Willie Nelson
- heroes
Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi
- old stories for modern times
Sons Of Bill
- sirens
Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore
- longtime friends in the blues
Hank Williams III - long gone daddy
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
- psychedelic pill
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
- americana


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2011

Gregg Allman - low country blues
Ry Cooder - pull up some dust and sit down
Israel Nash Gripka - barn doors and concrete floors
Will Hoge - number seven
Jamey Johnson - the guitar song
Lydia Loveless - indestructible machine
Robyn Ludwick - out of these blues
Gary Nicholson - Texas songbook
Pistol Annies - hell on heels
Tom Russell - Mesabi
Social Distortion - hard times and nursery rhymes
T-Model Ford and Gravelroad - taledragger
Lucinda Williams - blessed


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2010

Barnetti Bros. Band - Chupadero!
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
- junky star
The Chieftains / Ry Cooder
- San Patricio
DeSoto Rust
- highway gothic
Alejandro Escovedo
- street songs of love
Fabrizio Frabetti & The Bluesfrog
- uh!
Rich Hopkins and Luminarios
- el otro lado / the other side
Miranda Lambert
- revolution
Old 97's
- the Grand Theatre / volume one
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo
- spirit & freedom
original sound-track
- crazy heart
Watermelon Slim
- ringers
Neil Young
- le noise


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2009

Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women - Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
- roadhouse sun
The Black Crowes
- before the frost... ...until the freeze
Cheap Wine
- spirits
Elisabeth Cutler
- slow release
Lila Downs
- shake away / ojo de culebra
Bob Dylan
- together through life
Ian Hunter
- man overboard
Paolo Nutini
- sunny side up
Graziano Romani
- Zagor, king of Darkwood
Calvin Russell
- dawg eat dawg
various artists
- keep your soul / a tribute to Doug Sahm
various artists
- man of somebody's dreams / a tribute to Chris Gaffney


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2008

The Black Crowes - warpaint
Alberto Cantone
- c'era un sogno per cappello
Hayes Carll
- trouble in mind
Deadstring Brothers
- silver mountain
Gold Rust
- sings volume II
Levon Helm
- dirt farmer
Will Hoge
- draw the curtains
Massimiliano Larocca
- la breve estate
Miami & the Groovers
- merry go round
- mudcrutch
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo
- mercy
Lucinda Williams
- little honey


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2007

Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
Cheap Wine
- freak show
Guy Clark
- workbench songs
Blaze Foley and The Beaver Valley Boys
- cold, cold world
Dirk Hamilton
- the ghost of Van Gogh
Ian Hunter
- shrunken heads
Miranda Lambert
- crazy ex-girlfriend
- Puntamaistra
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
- this is somewhere
Porter Wagoner
- wagonmaster
Lucinda Williams
- west
Amy Winehouse
- back to black
Neil Young
- chrome dreams II


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2006

James Luther Dickinson - Jungle Jim and the voodoo tiger
Lila Downs
- la cantina / entre copa y copa…
Blaze Foley
- wanted more dead than alive
The Gang
- il seme e la speranza
- op-là
Guido Marzorati & The Blugos
- journey of hope
Kelley McRae
- never be
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
- nothing but the water
Graziano Romani
- Confessions Boulevard
Simona Salis
- chistionada de mei / parla di me
Bruce Springsteen
- we shall overcome / the Seeger sessions
Willard Grant Conspiracy
- let it roll
Neil Young
- living with war


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2005

Cindy Bullens - dream # 29
Alberto Cantone
- angeli e ribelli
Lauren Dillon
- the cost of living
Blaze Foley
- oval room
Miranda Lambert
- kerosene
Massimiliano Larocca
- il ritorno delle passioni
Los Super Seven
- heard it on the X
Magnolia Electric Co.
- trials & errors
James McMurtry
- childish things
Calvin Russell
- in spite of it all
Neil Young
- prairie wind


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2004

Dave Alvin - Ashgrove
Gary U.S. Bonds
- back in 20
Johnny Cash
- unearthed
Cheap Wine
- moving
Dr. John
- N'Awlinz: dis dat or d'udda
The Lost Trailers
- welcome to the woods
Macina / Gang
- nel tempo ed oltre, cantando
- vado a piedi al mare
Graham Parker
- your country
Graziano Romani
- painting over rust
- Mr. Bore
Joss Stone
- the soul sessions
Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits
- treasure island


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2003

 Cesare Basile - gran calavera elettrica
- barbari
Lauren Ellis
- feels like family
- Goldrust
Nathan Hamilton
- all for love and wages
Chris Knight
- the jealous kind
Dayna Kurtz
- postcards from downtown
Fabrizio Poggi
- armonisiana
various artists
- beautiful / a tribute to Gordon Lightfoot
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- Greendale
Warren Zevon
- the wind


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2002

 Cheap Wine - crime stories
Dirty Lucy
- Dirty Lucy
Lila Downs
- border / la linea
Jon Dee Graham
- hooray for the moon
Phil Lee
- you should have know me then
John McVey
- gone to Texas
Luigi Maieron
- si vif
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- will the circe be unbroken vol. III
Pearl Jam
- riot act
- downhill
various artists
- poet: a tribute to Townes Van Zandt
Chuck E. Weiss
- old souls & wolf tickets
Cassandra Wilson
- belly of the sun



Best (in alphabetical order) of 2001

Claudia Bettinaglio - saving all my love / a tribute to Tom Waits
Cristina Branco
- corpo iluminado
Terry Clarke
- the sound of the moon
Mary Gauthier
- drag queens in limousines
John Hiatt
- crossing muddy waters
Miranda Lambert
- Miranda Lambert
- la llorona
Natalie Merchant
- motherland
Ramsay Midwood
- shoot out at the OK Chinese Restaurant
Graziano Romani
- soul crusader: the songs of Bruce Springsteen
Tom Russell
- borderland
- the earth rolls on
original sound-track
- all the pretty horses


Best (in alphabetical order) of 2000

 Dave Alvin - public domain: songs from the wild land
Jason Boland & The Stragglers
- pearl snaps
Johnny Cash
- American III: solitary man
The Gang
- controverso
Kris Kristofferson
- the Austin sessions
Jono Manson
- live your love
Willie Nelson
- milk cow blues
Paul Page
- Paul Page
Sarah Pierce
- birdman
Saint Low
- Saint Low
- everything you thought was right was wrong today
original sound-track
- o brother, where art thou?
various artists
- the I-10 chronicles



Best (in alphabetical order) of 1999

Massimo Bubola - diavoli & farfalle
Bocephus King
- a small good thing
Cheap Wine
- a better place
Malcolm Holcombe
- a hundred lies
Charlie Musselwhite
- continental drifter
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson & Billy Joe Shaver
- honky tonk heroes wreck of the world
Eliades Ochoa y el Quarteto Patria
- sublime ilusion
Paul Page
- Paul Page
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo
- nuther world
Owen Temple
- passing through
various artists
- the return of the grevious angel / a tribute to Gram Parsons
Chuck E. Weiss
- extremely cool
Kelly Willis
- what I deserve


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1998

 Dave Alvin - Blackjack David
Massimo Bubola
- mon tresor
Jubal Clark
- gypsy cowboy
Kevin Deal
- lovin' shootin' cryin' dyin'
Ani DiFranco
- little plastic castle
Arthur Dodge & The Horsefeathers
- cadillacs, ponytails & dirty dreams…
Joe Ely
- twistin' in the wind
The Gang
- fuori dal controllo
Chris Knight
- Chris Knight
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
- salute the majesty of Bob Wills
Jason Reed
- Iowana
Los Super Seven
- Los Super Seven
Lucinda Williams
- car wheels on a gravel road



Best (in alphabetical order) of 1997

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
Bob Dylan
- time out of mind
Steve Earle
- el corazon
Ruthie Foster
- full circle
Ruth Gerson
- fools & kings
Jack Ingram
- livin' or dyin'
Robert Earl Keen
- picnic
Ed Pettersen and The High Line Riders
- somewhere out of here
Say Zuzu
- take these turns
Tom Russell
- the long way around
Matthew Ryan
- may day
Son Volt
- straightaways
various artists
- the songs of Jimmie Rodgers


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1996

 Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men - interstate city
Massimo Bubola
- amore e guerra
Johnny Cash
- unchained
Phil Cody
- the sons of intemperance offering
Fabrizio De Andrè
- anime salve
Pete Droge & The Sinners
- find a door
Steve Earle
- I feel allright
Joe Ely
- letter to Laredo
Kevin Gordon
- Illinois 5 a.m.
Greg Trooper
- noises in the hallway
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- broken arrow



Best (in alphabetical order) of 1995

 Neal Casal - fade away diamond time
Bobby Charles
- wish you where here right now
Steve Earle
- train a comin'
The Gang
- una volta per sempre
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
- american babylon
The Henrys
- Puerto Angel
John Hiatt
- walk on
- buon compleanno Elvis
Heather Nova
- oyster
Calvin Russell
- dream of the dog
Neil Young
- mirror ball


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1994

 The Bottle Rockets - the Brooklyn side
Massimo Bubola
- doppio lungo addio
Johnny Cash
- american recordings
Counting Crows
- august and everything after
Billy Eli & Lost in America
- something's going on
Robert Earl Keen
- gringo honeymoon
Joni Mitchell
- turbulent indigo
Tom Petty
- wildflowers
John Trudell
- Johnny Damas & me
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- sleeps with angels


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1993

Radney Foster - Del Rio, TX 1959
Joe Henry
- kindness of the world
John Hiatt
- perfectly good guitar
- Hollywood Town Hall
Lynyrd Skynyrd
- the last rebel
Maria McKee
- you gotta sin to get saved
Van Morrison
- too long in exile
Willie Nelson
- across the borderline
Carla Olson
- within' an ace


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1992

Blue Rodeo - lost together
Black Crowes
- the southern armony and musical companion
Cowboy Junkies
- black eyed man
- Cracker
Iris DeMent
- infamous angel
Willy DeVille
- backstreets of desire
Los Lobos
- Kiko
Calvin Russell
- soldier
Sara K
- close than they appear
Russ Tolman
- road movie
The Wallflowers
- the Wallflowers
Kevin Welch @nd The Overtones
- western beat
Lucinda Williams
- sweet old world


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1991

Richard Dobson - blue collar blues
Danny Gatton
- 88 Elmira St.
Leo Kottke
- great big boy
Will T. Massey
- Will T. Massey
Michael McDermott
- 620 W. Surf
Joni Mitchell
- night ride home
Pearl Jam
- ten
Rocking Chairs
- hate and love revisited


Best (in alphabetical order) of 1990

Allman Brothers Band - seven turns
Mary Coughlan
- uncertain pleasures
Cowboy Junkies
- the caution horses
Willy DeVille
- victory mixture
Van Morrison
- enlightenment
David Munyon
- code name: Jumper
Uncle Tupelo
- no depression
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- ragged glory