After a concert in Dixon, California, singer Marty Stuart knew he had to make a pilgrimage to a fabled place in music history about 40 miles east: Folsom State Prison, where Johnny Cash performed twice in the late 1960s. A guard in the audience helped arrange a tour, taking him to the makeshift concert area. Behind it, Mr. Sturart learned, had once been the gallows.
Mr. Stuart wondered what it must have been like to be a hangman. On his way home to Nashville, he started writing a song. As the lyrics took shape, he sought the help of a neighbor: Johnny Cash.
Mr. Stuart, 55, has been a country music mainstay for more than four decades. While touring and performing with stars like Mr. Cash, Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe and Dolly Parton, he always carried a camera to capture what he calls “history in motion.” This unusual access has helped him create a body of work that sees through the rhinestones and stage antics and uncovers the music’s heart and soul.
Country Music History in Motion (via Lens)