An acclaimed photographer explores the world of country music through a camera lens, offering more than a hundred photographs that span the genre from its seminal artists to the latest country singers
Country music has a rich history with roots that reach into the land - the Tennessee hills - and a future that stretches across the continents. It both touches and calls forth what is most essential about common human experience. But until now, the images we have seen from it have traditionally been glitzy, posed, star shots. This book presents a different kind of vision, a vision, that, through photography, puts us in touch with all the emotions chronicled in the music. Here are revealing photos of Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Kitty Wells, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker, Rosanne Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea - and scores more of the artists who define country past, present, and future.Maria von Matthiessen is a photographer of unique vision, style, and technique. Her portraits of these artists cut beneath showmanship and "image" to capture what is essential. Startling, charming, beautiful, often whimsical, and always revealing - together the photos present an intimate look at the world of country musicians and reveal its rarely glimpsed core.