Country music has a rich history with roots that reach into the land — the Tennessee hills — and a future that stretches across the continents. It both touches and calls forth what is most essential about common human experience. But until now, the images we have seen from it have traditionally been glitzy, posed, star shots. This book presents a different kind of vision, a vision, that, through photography, puts us in touch with all the emotions chronicled in the music. Here are revealing photos of Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Kitty Wells, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson, Boxcar Willie, Kitty Wells, Jeannie Seeley, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chet Atkins, Jack Greene, Owen Bradley, Hank Snow, Pee Wee King, Jimmy C Newman, Wilma Lee Cooper, Tom T. Hall, Johnny Russell, Porter Wagoner, Skeeter Davis, Jerry Reed, Jeannie C. Riley, Ray Stevens, Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Billy Joe Royal, Janie Fricke, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, Razzy Bailey, William Lee Golden, T.G. Sheppard, Marty Stuart, Manuel, Forester Sisters, Stella Parton, Del Reeves, Jeanne Pruett, Hank Thompson, Don Williams, Ronnie McDowell, Stonewall Jackson, John Hartford, Roger Miller, David Schnaufer, Marty Lanham, Buddy Emmons, Mark O’Connor, Clinton Gregory, Charlie McCoy, Harlan Howard, Mae Axton, Paul Overstreet, Dean Dillon, Linda Davis, Jerry Douglas, Victoria Shaw, Stephanie Davis, Marshall Chapman, Kevin Welch, Vanessa Ware, Diana Christian, The Johnson Sisters, Hugh Howell, Dan Seals, Holly Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Mike Reid, Rosanne Cash, T. Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Paulette Carlson, The Bellamy Brothers, B.J. Thomas, Rodney Crowell, Joe Diffie, Hal Ketchum, Jann Browne, Lionel Cartwright, Kelly Willis, Bill Miller, Shawn Camp, Stacy Dean Campbell, Radney Foster, Mark Collie, Wild Rose, Riders In The Sky, Dixiana, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Michelle Wright, Maura O’Connell, Mark Chesnutt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Suzy Bogguss, Sawyer Brown, Kathy Mattea, Alison Drauss, Brooks & Dunn, Lorrie Morgan, and Vince Gill.