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Renowned photographer Joseph Llanes tells stories behind photos in his “20 Out of 20” project, also featuring Jake Owen, Maren Morris & Nikki Lane, among other big Nashville names

Kelsea Ballerini, Kelsea Ballerini photos

Kelsea Ballerini poses for the "20 Out of 20" exhibit.

Joseph Llanes

Joseph Llanes was living in Los Angeles, photographing the likes of Coldplay, Rihanna and Foo Fighters, and building quite the rock & roll portfolio, when he was bitten by the Nashville bug. Brett Eldredge hired him to shoot the cover of his debut album, opening country music doors that just kept getting wider. Album covers for Lady Antebellum (Golden), Luke Bryan (Crash My Party), Lee Brice (I Don't Dance), Ashley Monroe (The Blade), Cole Swindell (You Should Be Here) and Jake Owen (American Love) followed — in addition to countless photo shoots with stars including Blake Shelton and Faith Hill. Llanes was coming to Nashville so often that he eventually moved his family to Music City and opened his own Greyland Studio (named after sons Greyson, 3, and Landon, 1). That's where you'll find his "20 Out of 20" exhibit, premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country. Llanes photographed 20 country stars in 20 days, with most shoots lasting less than five minutes. "I've come to a city where I instantly had a community," says the photographer. "Everyone is so accepting and warm. Having this be the first thing I do in my new studio is so exciting and a chance to develop as a photographer, as an artist. Nashville gave me that chance." Below, in his own words, Llanes shares personal stories behind all 20 photos in the project.

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Joseph Llanes

The Cadillac Three

There's a bar across the street from our studio where we hung out with the Cadillac Three guys before doing the photo shoot. They could care less about production or anything, they just care about vibe. If you can capture that vibe, it is the most rewarding thing. They are 100 percent unique. There's not any pretension with them.

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