Nashville: Behind the Curtain

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-05-03
  • Publisher: Insight Editions

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Photographer Sonya Jasinski and Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter and photographer Kate York have been participating in and documenting the contemporary Nashville scene for more than a decade, capturing intimate behind-the-scenes moments of the city’s most celebrated musicians, songwriters, producers, and performing artists. From candid photographs taken in the homes of Kacey Musgraves and Emmylou Harris and backstage moments with Luncinda Williams and Holly Williams to performance and studio images of some of Nashville’s brightest stars, Nashville: Behind the Curtain offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the lives of those who call this creative mecca home.

Author Biography

Sonya Jasinski is a London-based family, portrait and music documentary photographer. Growing up on both sides of the Atlantic, she found her passion for photography at an early age, falling in love with the Country Music scene on her very first visit to Nashville. Sonya's commissions include Rolling Stone, Q magazine, Warner Music, and Universal Records, as well as many fantastic projects for independent labels based both in the UK and the U.S. Traveling between LA, Nashville, and London, whether on tour with artists or with them in the studio, on set or at home with actors, Sonya always connects with her subject and consistently captures effortlessly intimate and spirited reportage.

Kate York is an Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her impressive catalog of songs includes numerous syncs on the hit U.S. show Nashville. Highly regarded among the very best of Nashville's luminaries as one of its brightest stars, Kate is also an acclaimed photographer. She takes intimate documentary-style photographs of the artists in her community and further afield. As well as being published by Rolling Stone, she has worked on both the business and creative sides of the music industry for over fifteen years and has a fantastic eye for capturing the countless magical moments of spontaneity and creativity that emanate around Music City and beyond.

Kacey Musgraves is an American singer. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition, Nashville Star, in 2007 where she placed seventh. She was signed to Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released the album Same Trailer Different Park in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Ivan “Nathan” Followill is the drummer and backup vocalist for the hit band Kings of Leon. Followill was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but was raised in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where he grew up playing the drums in church. He is married to singer Jessie Baylin.

Emmylou Harris is a thirteen-time Grammy Award–winning signer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to her solo efforts, she has also worked with a number of leading artists, including Bob Dylan, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young, to name a few. She was on VH1’s list of 100 Most Influential Women in Rock and Roll and CMT’s list of 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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