NASHVILLE’S FRIST CENTER DISPLAYS MARTY STUART PHOTOGRAPHY

NASHVILLE’S FRIST CENTER DISPLAYS MARTY STUART PHOTOGRAPHY
Little Jimmy Dickens, 2005.

Little Jimmy Dickens, 2005.

One of Marty Stuart’s many distinctions is his Joe Talbot Award, presented in 2007 by the CMA Board of Directors to honor his “outstanding leadership in maintaining and advancing Country Music’s values and traditions.”

The depth of his commitment to in music as well as his nation’s culture is evident in “American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart,” an exhibit that is open through Nov. 2 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

Long revered as a Country Music artist, Stuart has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass performer Lester Flatt at age 13. His inspirations include his mother, Hilda Stuart, whom he watched document their family’s everyday life in Mississippi.

Loretta Lynn, Blue Kentucky Girl, 1994.

Loretta Lynn, Blue Kentucky Girl, 1994.

The exhibit is divided into three sections: The Masters, featuring candid shots of Country Music greats backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere; Blue Line Hotshots, which documents people and sights he noted during many years on tour; and Badlands, showing views of everyday life at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, whose Lakota people welcomed him as a member with the name O YATE’ Ö CHEE YA’KA HOPSILA (“the man who helps the people”).

Marty Stuart and his mother Hilda Stuart will discuss the exhibition together at the Frist at 12 PM CT on June 4; admission is free, first come, first seated.

Details on “American Ballads” are available at http://fristcenter.org.

By CMA