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Photography By Ear

Photographs by Charmaine Lanham

November 18, 2016 — January 13, 2017

Nashville — The Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery will exhibit a collection of photographs by Charmaine Lanham from November 18, 2016 until January 13, 2017.

Nashville-based photojournalist, Charmaine Lanham honed her pen, ear and eye during the 1980s and ’90s as an insider to newly emerging Bluegrass and Country music circles. As one of the original owners of Nashville’s legendary Station Inn, Lanham had personal access to Bluegrass and Country recording artists of the day.

Her photos often feature candid on and offstage moments that capture a gesture, a tweak of a smile or a poignant moment shared between musicians. Over the years, Lanham has catalogued thousands of photographs that have documented Country and Bluegrass musicians that performed and passed down their skills to a growing audience.

This exhibition of 24 largely black and white photographs allows viewers to wander down a country road 30-plus years into the past to revisit musicians such as Johnny and June Carter Cash, Bill Monroe, Vassar Clements, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Martin, Marty Stewart, Vince Gill, Béla Fleck and others. Most of these historical photo gems have rarely been on view.

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Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule a gallery tour, contact Krishna Adams at 615.532.9797 For accessibility requests, please contact Kim Johnson, 615.532.9797. Click here for directions and parking.