A case could be made that no other American city has encompassed more musical talent during the past four decades than Nashville, Tennessee. During most of that period, one of Nashville’s most prolific music photographers was Jim McGuire, who made countless portraits of the Music City’s performers and songwriters and also shot artwork for more than 500 recordings. (McGuire’s shot of unlikely pals Johnny Cash and Billy Graham is above.) Now a well-deserved retrospective of McGuire’s images is on display in a new exhibition and a new book, both entitled _Nashville Portraits.__** **_
The traveling exhibition opens today and runs through March 23 at the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke. It features 60 photographs of Nashville stars, ranging from past masters like Bill Monroe and Minnie Pearl to more contemporary artists such as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Marty Stuart.