Marty Stuart on Photographing Music Legends and Eccentric Americans

Marty Stuart, five-time Grammy-winner and Grand Ole Opry star talks about his photography. After he was discovered at age 13 as a music prodigy by Lester Flatt, Stuart toured with Flatt's band and began photographing what he called "the history in the making" going on around him. Stuart’s new book, American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart, includes often candid behind-the-scenes pictures of legendary musicians, eccentric characters from the back roads of America, and portraits of members of the Lakota tribe in South Dakota, people he was introduced to through his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash. He also talks about his upcoming performance at Joe's Pub.

John R. Cash, Last Portrait, September 8, 2003, 2003. Archival pigment print.
John R. Cash, Last Portrait, September 8, 2003, 2003. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
Bill Monroe, Last Winter, 1995. Archival pigment print.
Bill Monroe, Last Winter, 1995. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
"Baby, your Grandpa was a man named Hank Williams."
"Baby, your Grandpa was a man named Hank Williams."

Hank Williams, Jr., and his daughter, Katie, 1995. Archival pigment print.

( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
Miss Sharlene as Dolly Parton, 2005. Archival pigment print.
Miss Sharlene as Dolly Parton, 2005. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
J.R. Cash, Snorkle the Pig, and Theodore the Turkey on the Farm, 1982. Archival pigment print.
J.R. Cash, Snorkle the Pig, and Theodore the Turkey on the Farm, 1982. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
The Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, 1994. Archival pigment print.
The Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, 1994. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
Willie and Waylon, 1985. Archival pigment print.
Willie and Waylon, 1985. Archival pigment print. ( From <em>American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart</em>. Courtesy of the publisher )
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