All Photos © My Country by Melanie Dunea / CPi. Published by Rodale Books.
Country music has always played a huge role in the story of American culture, but never has country music—in all its forms—been more of-the-moment than right now. In Melanie Dunea’s new book, MY COUNTRY: 50 Musicians on God, America & The Songs They Love, she features country music icons shot in locations from the Gran Ole Opry to a decommissioned prison in Tennessee to the shores of the Caribbean. Alongside each portrait are a series of questions which explore the artist’s musical roots and inspirations, their defining moments, and what makes country music the heart and soul of America to them. The answers offer a revealing, highly personal look at these iconic subjects. To see more of Melanie Dunea’s work click here.
Above: Barbara Mandrell in Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
David Allan Coe on the sidewalk in front of the West Shore Hardware Bar in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Gretchen Wilson at her house in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Little Big Town in the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville.
Little Jimmy Dickens at Studio A in the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville.
Brad Paisley at his house in Franklin, Tennessee.
Heidi Newfield at Robert’s Western Wear in Nashville.
Darius Rucker at Castle Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee.
Miranda Lambert in front of the Old Tennessee State Prison, Nashville.
Trace Adkins at Studio Berry Hill, Nashville.