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Todd Dills

Got the shutter bug?

| November 26, 2008

Country Music: The Masters is a new book of behind-the-scenes portraits of country stars from musician and self-proclaimed shutterbug Marty Stuart — and if you missed him on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program yesterday, click back on that link and enjoy. The cover of the book, pictured, is a candid shot of the Man in Black taken on September 8, 2003, four days before he passed away.

On the radio program, Stuart, who was the featured artist at the Great American Trucking Show’s Friday concert in August this year, talked about his mother’s influence on his photography, likewise the jazz artist Milt Hinton. When Stuart was 13, as he tells it, he was touring with bluegrass great Lester Flatts and, on a stop in New York City, came across the photographic work of the jazz bassist Hinton, who chronicled behind-the-scenes moments on tour, in the studio and elsewhere. Stuart, from that moment forward, would do the same.

Sound familiar? Truck drivers documenting their own touring lives have been contributing for more than a year to Overdrive sister magazine Truckers News’ group pool on the photo-sharing site. If you’re a shutterbug, get over there and join, or just give it a look some time. Owner-operator Mike Petry is the moderator. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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