On Sunday, September 21st Morrison Hotel Gallery celebrates its new installation of music photography at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville with a day of music stories as told by world-renowned music photographer Henry Diltz and his partner with the Morrison Hotel Gallery, Peter Blachley, both seasoned musicians, storytellers and purveyors of the visual side of music through their world acclaimed music photography gallery, Morrison Hotel Gallery, the gallery that takes its name from the iconic Morrison Hotel album cover taken by Henry Diltz. This is the second Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibit to take over the walls of The Bluebird Cafe. The first opening was in early May and Nashville Lifestyles named it “the most exciting recent pop-up show at The Bluebird Cafe,” which is high praise considering Dave Grohl played a surprise show a few days after the opening.
Representing over 80 music photographers, the gallery will cover the walls at The Bluebird Café with a tribute to many of our most beloved singer/songwriters including beautiful photographic prints of George Harrison, Graham Nash, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Neil Young as they were lovingly captured by Mr. Diltz and heralded photographers and friends Pattie Boyd, Joel Brodsky, Danny Clinch, Frank Stefanko and others.
Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Holly Williams joins in the celebration by offering these prints for purchase through her chic clothing boutique H. Audrey located across the street from The Bluebird Café.
"We are honored and excited to host this special Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibit, said GM Erika Wollam Nichols of The Bluebird Cafe. "These iconic images take on new meaning when you realize there is not a single artist or band represented through these amazing photographs who does not have a connection to our Nashville music community.”
An exciting addition to the afternoon is gallery owner, Peter Blachley’s will play songs from his forthcoming record Nevada Sky. In true Blachley style, the record is only available for purchase on vinyl, with a digital download card inside the record. Nevada Sky is Americana through and through, and documents a life of inspiration, reinvention, and marks a profound coming together of many of the facets of Blachley’s life—family, photography, music, loves won and lost, and professional and personal aspirations. Music fans will be pleased to know David Mansfield will be joining Blachley on stage. Mansfield is known worldwide for his work with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, to name a few.
At 3:30pm, on September 21, Henry Diltz will sign his book, Unpainted Faces, (Morrison Hotel Publishing), an elegant and earthy anthology style photography book during the private reception. Following will be a music performance - at the public 6pm Spotlight show - by Peter Blachley with songs from his forthcoming album Nevada Sky and accompanied by Mr. Diltz, on banjo on a few tunes. Both Morrison Hotel Gallery co-owners, having masterfully celebrated and represented the best photographers on the visual side of music, are also both seasoned musicians in the performance side as well. Blachley's four-decade singer-songwriter career spans work as a solo artist and collaborations with Chris Masterson, David Mansfield and members of Ollabelle. Diltz has been the banjoist and vocalist for the esteemed Modern Folk Quartet since 1964. Early on the group had the honor of having their first single, "This Could Be The Night" produced by Phil Spector and the band remains a vital musical entity six decades later.