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Bradley Barn Sessions Photographs
The Book of the GEORGE JONES Bradley Barn Sessions
Photographs by Fritz Hoffmann

The first edition of this hardcover book is now available to pre-order.
13.5 x 9.5 Size •  Essays  • 180+ Pictures  •  300+ Pages  •  Fold-out Panoramas
A custom show poster is included as a dust jacket with the Standard Edition and as a slipcase with the Limited Edition.



George Jones
We just sit around talked, sing songs and talked about this and that and then when we got ready to do one we just jumped up, said who’s next? Let’s do one.”

Dolly Parton
“These pictures by Fritz Hoffmann of The George Jones Bradley Barn Sessions, I believe, capture the same emotions we did in our songs.”

Marty Stuart “Fritz and his camera are storytellers. His images not only show you, they take you inside the story and allow you to feel the moment.”

Tony Brown
“These are some of the best candid shots of George I have ever seen, and I knew him pretty well.”

Ricky Skaggs
“I’ve gotta say, the photographs in this new book, ‘The George Jones Bradley Barn Sessions’ brought back a lot of great memories, and tears in my eyes too.”

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• Standard Edition book with custom show print as dust jacket
 US$ 100

• Limited Edition Set with book, slipcase, and one 8” x 10” print  US$ 300  



You’ll select one of these 8”x 10” inch archival pigment prints for your Special Edition set

Travis Tritt & George Jones
Leon Russell
Waylon Jennings & George Jones
Keith Richards & George Jones
Marty Stuart & George Jones
Ricky Skaggs & George Jones
Dolly Parton, George Jones & Emmylou Harris
Tammy Wynette & George Jones
Alan Jackson & George Jones
Mark Chesnutt & George Jones
George Jones
Trisha Yearwood, Jerry Douglas, John Jennings Mac MacAnally
Mark Knopfler & George Jones
Vince Gill, George Jones & Leon Russell

Copyright 2024 Fritz Hoffmann




OPEN NOW at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, The Bradley Barn Sessions, an exhibition featuring photographs by Fritz Hoffmann.

The exhibit is free and will be available until December 31, 2024





Bradley Barn Sessions Photographer Fritz Hoffmann returned to the barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, where he recalled the artists he met and the music he heard there thirty years earlier, in 1994.
Thirty years ago, country and rock music stars traveled to Owen Bradley’s famous studio outside Nashville, Tennessee, to record duets with George Jones for his album, The Bradley Barn Sessions.

The eleven-day sessions were remarkable for the iconic artists who walked through the barn door daily to record with the legendary Jones.

Fortunately, Producer Brian Ahern had the foresight to have the sessions documented in pictures. For that, MCA Records enlisted Fritz Hoffmann, a photographer based in Nashville at the time. Fritz’s exclusive pictures appeared as the album’s art and promotion.

After the album debuted, Fritz packed the negatives away and moved to Shanghai, China. For the next 25 years, fifteen as a National Geographic photographer, China was the focus of his photography. When COVID-19 closed international borders, Fritz dug into his picture library and uncovered the Bradley Barn Sessions negatives.

Reviewing the 1800 images made clear their historical significance. There will be no more pictures of George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Leon Russell, and others at the sessions who have passed on in the years since.

Fritz called on Marty Stuart, who told him, “I always thought those pictures should be a book.”

In the Bradley Barn Sessions book, Fritz unlocks this visual treasure trove to present the collection of negatives carefully stowed away and unseen since 1995.

This collection of pictures includes many cherished artists and musicians who have contributed greatly to the American songbook, and that music resounds throughout the book.

The book design organizes the black-and-white photographs by the guest artists and the eleven songs as they were tracked on the Bradley Barn Sessions record album, plus one chapter with the song “The Great Judgement Morning” recorded but not released on that record.

“One Woman Man” – Marty Stuart

“A Good Year For The Roses” - Alan Jackson

“Why Baby Why” – Ricky Skaggs

“Golden Ring” – Tammy Wynette

“Say It’s Not You” – Keith Richards

“The Love Bug” – Vince Gill

“Where Grass Won’t Grow” – Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris

“The Race Is On” – Travis Tritt

“Bartenders Blues” – Trisha Yearwood

“White Lightnin’” – Mark Knopfler

“Good Ones and Bad Ones” – Marc Chesnutt

“The Great Judgement Morning” – Connie Smith, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter

Essays written exclusively for the book provide an insightful framework for the visuals and offer essential historical context. In the book’s foreword essay, renowned artist Marty Stuart presents his first-hand account of the sessions. An essay by author David Cantwell establishes the context for the album, shares his close listening to the performances, and tracks the album's impact.

With the loss of several of these esteemed artists and the evolving landscape of country music, this book emerges as a poignant retrospective, reflecting the transformations within the genre and the music industry.


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