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Photographer chronicling old-time musicians

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By MORGAN SIMMONS
Knoxville News Sentinel

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) - Curtis Byrge has spent his life singing and playing on the streets. His eyesight is so poor, he has never driven a car. Walking is his primary form of transportation, and at 71 years old, he still can cover 15 miles a day with his fiddle and guitar.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1oesiQq ) reports Byrge grew up playing at old church houses and on street corners. He has been playing and singing for tips on Saturdays at the Oak Ridge flea market. Fame and notoriety have never come his way, yet, on a recent morning, Byrge received the attention of a photographer named Rachel Boillot.

Boillot is working under a grant to shoot portraits of the artists who embody the rich musical traditions of the Cumberland Plateau.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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