If you’re looking for that perfect gift for a country music fan or a beautiful coffee table book for yourself look no further. Photographer, Melanie Dune traveled from New York to L.A. and from Canada to St. John, US Virgin Islands to capture an amazing collection of legendary and future legendary country stars. It’s no wonder why this Chicago native is sought out to shoot CD packages and magazine spreads. We caught up with Melanie in New York to find out how this self described “full blown Yankee” pulled off 50 photo shoots in 9 months.
“My Country all started back in September 2003, when my phone rang and Kenny Chesney was on the other end. We had just done a magazine shoot. Two thoughts ran through my mind. First I thought, what if he didn’t like the shoot, and second, where did he get my cell phone number? It turned out he was calling to tell me, ask me, or rather insist that I come and shoot his new album cover on the island of St. John in two weeks’ time. The shoot was my introduction to world of country music. I could get used to this, I remember thinking; nice, grounded people with real vision.”
Although Melanie came up with most of the ideas in the book, some of the ideas actually came from the stars themselves. While interviewing Miranda Lambert she asked her to “describe your ultimate musical performance”. Miranda said she would love to perform at a women’s prison because it would be amazing to hear the prisoner’s stories. So Melanie decided that the old decommissioned Tennessee State Prison would be perfect.
Melanie also captures these artists in ways that you would not expect. The always-jovial Blake Shelton looks as though he was caught in a reflective, serious moment behind a mixing board. Gretchen Wilson, looks completely vulnerable in a tastefully done semi-nude shot that is a stark contrast to her normal redneck woman attire. And it almost looks as though you’re looking into Charley Pride’s soul in his dramatic close-up.
When asked if there were any challenging moments Melanie remembered having a total of 5 minutes to shoot David Allen Coe in front of the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Holiday Inn where he was about to perform. ” He was a great subject and a fantastic interview but it was very fast.” And then there’s Kenny Rogers, “Kenny Rogers is a photographer and a very good photographer so it was very nerve-racking shooting him. ”
“I will miss visiting Nashville regularly to meet the artists and people who trusted me and allowed me to shoot them. I am thankful that I had the chance to dip into a world that I knew nothing about. It really is a special place for me”
The Hatch Show Print typography is the perfect extra touch for this book and something tells us this isn’t the last time Melanie will be spending time in Nashville. Nashville.com gives this book five stars out of five stars! Click here to order.
Miranda is on the Style Bistro list as one of country music’s most fashionable women. I have to agree with them! Check out what they had to say about her below:
With songs like “GunPowder and Lead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” it’s safe to say that Miranda Lambert is newest bad girl of country music. Cleaning up at the Grammy’s and CMA’s, this edgy vocal star is one to reckon with. Despite her tough lyrics, Miranda is always dressed elegantly on the red carpet. She shows an array of glamorous styles and isn’t afraid to try new silhouettes and varying colors.
On a sidenote, she’s not racking up Grammy’s…yet. Maybe in the upcoming year!
Miranda Lambert has two videos that are up for voting on GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the Year. Vote now for Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and “Only Prettier” every day to help them climb the list.
GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the Year are 100% fan voted, so get your votes in! Voting runs from November 1st – 30th, 2010. The countdown will begin airing on Monday, December 27 at 8/7c on GAC. Let’s get Miranda’s videos on that list!
Nov. 10 will be a very big night for Miranda Lambert.
Not only is it her 27th birthday, it’s also the night of the Country Music Awards, and Lambert is going into the CMA’s with a record nine nominations, including Best Album and Entertainer of the Year.
“I don’t think it’s really even hit me yet that I have nine nominations and it’s history making,” Lambert told Robin Roberts. “I sometimes think if I sit down and see it on paper, I’m going to get overwhelmed.”
Roberts caught up with the hottest star in country music over some down-home cooking at Hill Country Barbecue in New York City. It was a taste out of Lambert’s childhood growing up in rural Texas.
She had an unusual upbringing as the daughter of two private investigators who sometimes struggled to pay the bills.
“I had a great childhood,” Lambert said. “My family is awesome.”
Her parents brought home tales of custody battles and bitter divorce cases and on occasion the Lamberts sheltered battered women and their children.
It all made a lasting impression on young Miranda, and later informed her songwriting. One of her biggest hits, “Gunpowder & Lead,” tells the story of an abused woman seeking vengeance.
“I started writing songs at 17,” she said. “So what experience did I have to write about? So I just used what I had seen in life, what I had seen my parents go through. We had some hard times.”
Miranda Lambert is the clear front-runner for the upcoming CMA Awards, leading the pack with nine nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year. But there’s another category she’s nominated in that would mean something even more special to the Texas-born singer-songwriter.
“Of all the [categories] I have to say, Album of the Year would be huge,” Miranda tells ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ host Robin Roberts. “Because this album is so important to me and so me. You listen to this album you get to know Miranda Lambert. If it wins an award for that reason, I would be thrilled.”
Up against Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, George Strait and Carrie Underwood in that category, at least she isn’t competing for Album of the Year against future husband Blake Shelton, though the happy couple will square off against each other in three categories, including Single of the Year. Yet, instead of being a fierce competitor, Miranda is planting herself firmly in her fiancé’s corner.
“I would love to see Blake take home Male Vocalist of the Year, because he deserves it. I hear him sing on stage,” she says, “but I also hear him sing around the house and it’s just as good. He deserves it.”
Miranda acknowledges that at least one of her nominations was a bit unsettling. “To be honest, I was a little bit caught off guard that I got nominated for Entertainer of the Year,” she admits. “I just didn’t feel that I had really earned that spot yet. It’s a huge, huge nomination. But I’ve come to terms with it.”
Ultimately, she says it will take very little to make her happy on awards night. “I would love obviously to win one award,” she continues. “It is my birthday. I’ve never won a CMA before.”
Chances are Miranda will have plenty of stage time the night of the awards ceremony, and she’s also performing during the show. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, November 10 on ABC.
Make sure to get in your votes for Miranda! Voting for the American Country Awards ends November 8, 2010 in ALL categories except Artist of The Year and voting at the American Music Awards ends November 12, 2010! It’s crunch time Ran Fans, let’s put our best foot forward and try to get Miranda these awards!!!!
A man proposed last night during Miranda’s show while she was singing More Like Her. Check out the video below!
Lambert also has heart. She spied a man proposing to a woman in the crowd as she sang “More Like Her.” So she knelt down in front of them and mid-song asked, “Did she say yes?”
Apparently so. Lambert congratulated them and finished her song. Then she flashed her own engagement ring, a canyon-sized rock given by her fiancé and fellow country singer Blake Shelton, who stood backstage.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s new duet, ‘Draggin’ the River,’ from Blake’s ‘All About Tonight’ album, chronicles a couple’s plan to elope after the bride’s father refuses his blessing for their marriage. “This here is our love story,” Blake sings on the track, which unfortunately has no chance of being a single.
“It won’t be released to radio,” Blake tells The Boot. “What sucks is that she and I would love for it to be released to radio. We’ve even talked about even doing a video for it.”
Blake’s label is Warner Music Nashville, while Miranda is on Columbia Records, which causes some conflict in working together. “The way it ends up working out with the record companies trying to time singles for her and for me,” Blake explains, “it just ends up not working timing wise. It’s not the first or the last time something like that’s gonna happen. We don’t let it stop us from writing or recording together.”
Much like the song, Miranda and Blake are currently planning their own wedding.
“2010 will not be forgotten in my world,” Miranda told People earlier this year. “Weddings are great and engagements are great and diamonds are especially great … But I’m just excited to be married, because I want to tell Blake I really can love him the rest of my life and be happy and make him happy.”
The engagement itself was a perfect example of life imitating art, more specifically song, just with a happier ending. “He called my dad and got his blessing first,” Miranda said. “That was so Southern and old-school and perfect.”
Adding to the couple’s busy schedule, Blake was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. His first greatest hits package, ‘Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton,’ is due in stores November 9. Combined, Blake and Miranda are up for 12 trophies at the 44th Annual CMA Awards November 10, airing live on ABC 8PM ET/PT.
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