Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
Henry Horenstein, Wanda Behind the Bar, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Wanda Behind the Bar
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
Loretta Lynn, Backstage
Loretta Lynn
Playing for Tips, Tootsie's Orchid House
Playing for Tips
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
Lovers, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Henry Horenstein, Waiting Backstage, Ryman Auditorium
Waiting Backstage
Waiting In Line, Grand Ole Opry House
Waiting in Line (1)
Henry Horenstein, Drunk Dancers
Drunk Dancers
Henry Horenstein, Jukebox
Henry Horenstein, Hillside Houses, Pikeville, Kentucky
Hillside Houses
Henry Horenstein, Sunday Morning Gospel Show, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Pennsylvania
Sunday Morning Gospel Show
Henry Horenstein, Minnie Pearl and Peewee King, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Minnie Pearl and Pee Wee King
Henry Horenstein, Pitching a Song, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
Pitching a Song
Henry Horenstein, Patron, Hillbilly Ranch, Boston, Massachusetts
Patron (1)
Henry Horenstein, Last Call, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
Last Call
Henry Horenstein, Harmonica Player, Merchant's Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee
Harmonica Player
Henry Horenstein, Garth Brooks, Nashville, Tennessee
Garth Brooks
Henry Horenstein, Ponderosa, Near Pikeville, Kentucky

Forty years after he began documenting the country-music scene in and around Nashville, Henry Horenstein’s deep love for the music and its people continues. Having spent a lifetime around performers and fans, he has been granted access to the high-glamour backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in its heyday, as well as the rough-and-tumble dive bars and family-friendly festivals. Spanning from 1972 to 2011, Horenstein’s photographs capture the irrepressible spirit of an American institution as it has evolved over the years.

[Text taken from the dust jacket for Henry Horenstein, Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music (New York City: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012).]

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