Honky tonk country music star Marty Stuart, who is mostly known for his fantastic hair, has been shooting images of the people and places around him since the age of 13. On Friday, the man who toured with the likes of Lester Flat, Doc Watson and Johnny Cash launched American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart – an exhibition that will be on display at Nashville’s gorgeous Frist Center for the Visual Arts through November 2nd.
American Ballads features a wealth of candid photos of iconic country stars, including the last portrait of Johnny Cash, multiple shots Bill Monroe, other off-stage depictions of Roy Acuff, Steve Earle, Porter Wagoner, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris and more. Stuart’s work also includes portraits of some hilarious country-as-cornbread folks from backwoods America (see Knoxville girls below) and a fantastic series of shots of members of the Lakotas, a Native American tribe in South Dakota.
The exhibit is open to the public for free. A special book of Stuart’s photographs will be released this summer and can be pre-ordered here. See below for a taste.