Behind the Photos



Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has six (6) days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS.

For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature the back story of one of the prints.

John Oates

We talked with Jeff Fasano about his portrait of JOHN OATES:
“That was shot at AmericanaFest before his show at City Winery. I photographed John a whole bunch of times—and it was always about him looking directly at the camera. I know John’s a great guitar player, so I told him, ‘You’re such a great guitar player and I want to show that side of you. I don’t want you to look at me. I just want you to play your guitar because I want people to remember how good a guitar player you really are. Everyone is always focused on your songs, your stage persona and your hits like ‘Maneater.’ But to me you’re a great guitar player. I’ve watched you play guitar. I want to get a shot where the world can see that John Oates is more than a rock ’n’ roll hall of fame guy—he’s a great guitar player.’”

“I’m glad a got this photograph of John playing his guitar.”

To pledge your support, you can now pre-order this first comprehensive photography book of the Artists of Americana Music via his Kickstarter project. Many of these portraits were photographed at AmericanaFest in Nashville.

Here’s the link to order the book and see the project:

For every generation, a photographer emerges who captures the essence of the soul of the music that defines that generation. Jeff Fasano’s indelible images of the Americana music format have become part of the fabric of this amalgam of music that includes the best of storytellers whose music emotionally moves the listener—and transcends the life we live.

Jeff Fasano’s unparalleled access to stars like Sheryl Crow, Judy Collins & Stephen Stills, John Oates, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, Jewel, The McCrary Sisters and Kris Kristofferson gives it the kind of authority that comes from vast experience. It’s a book of intimate portraits that reveals the strength, heart, soul and musical genius of these great artists.

Jeff Fasano’s AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS is his visual essay of the stories of their life—capturing unforgettable moments of their musical journey. Watch these unrivaled photographs as they light your soul, listen to your heart reflect their treasured experiences and let them transcend your boundaries as you simply enjoy the ride.



Chris & Rich Robinson (of The Black Crowes)

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