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Grammy Award-winning country music star Marty Stuart is primarily known for his music, but the master storyteller also weaves an evocative narrative through the lens of a camera— taking us on a photographic journey behind-the-scenes of his extraordinary life. American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart offers a glimpse into the artist’s inner sanctum and the fascinating company he has kept through three themes:

The Masters
Intimate, behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians.

Blue Line Hotshots
Images of eccentric characters met while traveling along the back roads of America.

Badlands
Dignified portraits of South Dakota’s Lakota tribe.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, hosts American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart now through January 2020. While there, take the time to explore the entire museum and the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions, which included the first recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Through exciting film experiences, interactive exhibits, artifacts and texts, you’ll learn why Bristol is designated by Congress as the birthplace of country music and a must-see for music and history lovers.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee. Special thanks to The Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of the exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

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