Behind the Photos


CHRIS & RICH ROBINSON (of The Black Crowes):


Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 8 days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS.

For as little as 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 of one of 6 B&W photos. There are also options for one of 3 Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we tell you the back story of one of the prints.

We talked with Jeff Fasano about his portrait of Chris & Rich Robinson (of The Black Crowes):

It was a short photo session but it was fun. In that photo, Chris was on his phone and was playing some punk band. I asked him who it was. Then he said, “Were you into all that stuff?” And I said “I was at CBGB’s in 1977”—because I’m older than them. I experienced CBGB back in the 70s. I was there in the second wave when the Dead Boys were there. He got all excited. He said, “Oh wow—what I would have given to be there at that time.” We started a conversation about different kinds of music. They were great to photograph.

What I remember the most is seeing how Rich was really quiet and doesn’t talk much. Chris just doesn’t stop and his energy is always moving.

That was shot at the Basement East, about four days before the tornado ripped through East Nashville and destroyed that place. But miraculously, it didn’t destroy that dressing room! Tornadoes are so unpredictable. It got a big chunk of that venue—it sliced through the middle and the roof, but the dressing room was not destroyed. I was shooting for Guitar Player magazine and those lights were in that dressing room. Four days later, that place changed forever.

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.

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