Top 16 of 2016

After 4 tours, 5 festivals, countless local shows, and then just shooting for the fun of it, I've taken more photos this year then I can remember and I wouldn't have it any other way. This will be the second year that I have made this blog post featuring my favorite photos that I've taken in a year. As I started this years I remembered how hard it was to make this blog post last year, and this year I have even more photos to narrow down. 

2016 has been the biggest year for my photography career, allowing me to travel to new places, meet new people, and do things I never thought I would get to do. I'm really excited to share with you my favorite photos of 2016! Each photo will include a description and the photos are in no order.

 

The first photo is Sean Mackin, violinist for Yellowcard. After playing the violin for 9 years while growing, Yellowcard was and still is one of my favorite bands. I idolized Sean and his playing in Yellowcard's songs. I spent this summer touring out on the Vans Warped Tour, one of the bands playing was Yellowcard. During this past summer I got to know these guys personally and call them my friends, I cant thank these guys enough for sharing their stage with me this summer and allowing me to shoot them. 

Choosing just one photo from Warped Tour to post was very difficult, when you get done reading the rest of this blog make sure to check out my full length blog post on Warped Tour! (Link: http://tylerleaman.com/blog/2016/7/29/i-couldnt-wait-for-the-summer-and-the-warped-tour

 

Next is a shot of Kacey Musgraves before she took the stage at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN. I was asked to come back and be a part of the festivals photo team for their second year and of course I said yes. Kacey is hands down my favorite female country artist, she always puts on an amazing show. She released a Christmas record a couple of weeks ago, go check it out if you're in the Christmas spirit. 

I love this shot of Kane Brown, very few people get to see what happens backstage at shows, that's why these are some of my favorite moments to capture and be able to share with people. This shot of Kane singing was taken in the shower of a locker room in an arena during Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" tour which Kane was the opener for. 

Two years in a row Bear has made my top photos blog. Here's a shot of Bear warming up backstage during their "Tour de Compadres". Over the past 4 years, NEEDTOBREATHE has become my favorite band and getting to shoot for these guys is always a blessing. I had about 18 shots of these guys from this year that I wanted to put in this blog post, but obviously that wouldn't have worked.

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This spring I spent a month touring with The Griswold's from Sydney, Australia on their co-headlining "Hotline Spring" tour. Just like with Warped Tour, choosing one shot to post in this blog was almost impossible. Towards the end of the tour we played at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL which takes place right on the beach. This whole weekend was insane, I got to watch so many artists I've been dying to see play live like Walk the Moon, Cage The Elephant, Alabama Shakes, Lenny Kravitz, The Weekend, Fetty Wap, HAIM, and so many more. But, what topped this weekend more then anything was getting to watch and document my friends The Griswold's play in front of a crowd of atleast 20,000 people. 

Next is a shot of Magic Man, Magic Man co-headlined the "Hotline Spring" tour with The Griswolds this spring. Before the start of the tour I'll admit that I've never herd of them before, but through-out the tour I fell in love with their music and I now listen to their album "Before the Waves" from start to finish atleast once a week. I love these guys and cant wait for their new record to come out and see them live agin. 

I'll take a break from sharing music shots to share this photo of a National Park Service park ranger during a tour at Mammoth Cave Nation Park in Kentucky. This photo shows some of the true power of the Canon 5D Mark iii, there's not that much light a couple hundred feet underground.

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And for the second year in a row Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line has made the blog post too. I love shots when the fans make great natural framing, especially like this one. I also love this shot because it shows of the amazing production of a FGL show. If you have the chance to go see FGL, do it! This shot was taken during their "Dig Your Roots" tour.

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Here's a shot of Matthew Healy, lead singer of the The 1975. The 1975 are from Manchester, England and have become a huge hit here in the states and have become one of my favorites. After missing out on seeing them a couple of times throughout the the year I'm glad I finally got the chance to see and shoot them this fall. I love this shot with all of the fans in the front row holding up roses. The fans that were standing up front camped out for four days in front of the venue. 

After my 6 AM flight out of Detroit was canceled and they couldn't get me out on a flight back to Nashville until the next day I decided to pull out my phone and open the Bands In Town app to see who was playing in town that night. While scrolling though the bands I saw my friends Panama Wedding who opened on the "Hotline Spring" tour this spring. A few texts latter and an expensive Uber from the airport to downtown Detroit I was down at the Mo Pop Music Festival. I love this shot of Pete I took right before he walked off the main stage after their set. I ran up from being already off the stage to get this shot and just barley got it. As soon as he walked off the stage I showed him the shot and he was like "Dude thank god, the whole time I was doing that all I was thinking about was if you were behind me getting that shot." 

This photo is a great example of why I love photography, being able to catch a very small fraction of time that you can talk abut and share with people forever. 

Getting to tour with the Goo Goo Dolls this year has been unreal and unthinkable, I've been listening to them my WHOLE life. It's still crazy to me if you just head to their website (www.googoodolls.com) you'll see my photo on their homepage and my photos of them are on posters all around the country. 

One thing that always makes an amazing photo is natural lighting. I love the lighting in this shot! This is a shot from back earlier this year when Amberlee Fletcher was recording her debut single, "This Door", at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN. 

Here's Eric Cannata of Young the Giant. I love this shot mainly because of the expression on Eric's face. This shot was taken during Lighting 100's Live on the Green Music Festival here in Nashville. I also love this shot because it shows the never ending Nashville crowd that came out to watch these guys and more play.

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Here's a portrait of British rock band, The Struts. Photo taken at the Pilgrimage Music Festival. 

I had to share another shot from the "Hotline Spring" tour, I love this shot of Tim from The Griswolds too much. I love the natural lighting coming in through the open door of our Band Wagon and lighting him. #goldenhour

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It's very rare that I don't have a camera on me anymore, this shot is from when I was walking around downtown Atalanta and came across this guys sitting and playing a song in front I think a restaurant.

 

 

Well, that's it. There's my Top 16 photos of 2016. I feel like I'm leaving so many great shots out! I hope you enjoyed and thanks for taking the time to view and read this blog post! 2016 has been my biggest year yet for photographing and I already have some amazing things lined up for 2017. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store! 

Best show of 2016... The 1975.

I was finally able to see The 1975 live in concert and it was a show I'll never forget. The entire show was amazing, from the music to the best visual effects I've seen at any show. I will be talking about this show for a very long time. I'm even more excited that I got to photograph the show and how amazing the shots turned out. Here's a few shots from the show:  

A Week Of Shows

It's been a long week of shooting for me and I just thought I would share with you some of the photos that I took! My schedule from last week (starting on Tuesday) was:

Tuesday: The Lumineers/BØRNS
Wednesday: Avenged Sevenfold
Thursday: Nothing (Not a band name, I just had nothing to shoot.)
Friday: NEEDTOBREATHE/Mat Kearney
Saturday: Pilgrimage Music Festival
Sunday: Pilgrimage Music Festival
Monday: 3 Doors Down

After that long week, both my camera and I needed a day of rest, which also gives me time to make this. 

Below are some of my favorite shots from throughout the week. Im only going to post one photo from Pilgrimage Music Festival in here because I'm going to do a blog post just on that in a of couple weeks. 
 

Enjoy!

 

 

The Lumineers:

BØRNS:

Avenged Sevenfold:

Mat Kearney: 

NEEDTOBREATHE:

Pilgrimage Music Festival (Reminder: Full Pilgrimage Music Festival Blog coming soon): 

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3 Doors Down: 

#LOTG2016

It's the end of summer which means here in Nashville it's Live on the Green season. Every year Nashville's number one independent radio station Lightning 100 puts on the Live on the Green Music Festival for free with the help of sponsors. Last year was my first time going to LOTG and I went just to watch the last night of the festival with a group of friends. This year I knew I wanted to shoot. LOTG takes place every Thursday through out August and then there's one last 3 day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) to close the festival off. I missed the first few weeks of this years LOTG, but was there for the last 2. 

I shot the festival for Music City Moments a local publication here in town, that I also just happen to be the publisher for. I also shot the last Thursday show for the headliner Young the Giant. 

Below are some of my favorite photos from this years Live on the Green, to view more photos go check out www.MusicCityMoments.com! All photos were shot with my Canon 5D Mark iii and a Sigma 50mm lens. Like always there's a lot of photos, but please take the extra minute to view them all. 

First 3 photos are of Dawes.

Portrait of COIN. Check out their new song 'Talk Too Much'!

Portrait of Simo.  

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The Revivalists

BØRNS

Young the Giant

The Weeks

Band of Horses

The Wild Feathers

Ben Harper

'I couldn't wait for the summer and the Warped Tour'

As most of you know, I spent this summer out on the Vans Warped Tour working for a band called Pepper from Kona, Hawaii. Pepper is a reggae-rock band that has been around for 19 years. I'm not going to make this a long worded post, mainly because I suck at writing and would rather just show you a collection of photos from this summer. I'll include little descriptions with some of the photos. 

There's A LOT of photos, but please take the minute to view them all! (It took me 4 hours to make this) For the most part, I'm going to try to stick with putting them in chronological order. Enjoy!

Most photos are taken with my Canon 5D Mark iii, but there are a few iPhone photos too. 

Yessod Williams, drummer for Pepper.

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San Antonio, Texas.

Zac Barnett, lead singer for American Authors. 

Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake.

Crazy late night thunderstorm in New Orleans, I will never understand how I didn't get struck by lighting trying to get this shot. 

Jenna McDougall, lead singer of Tonight Alive from Sydney, Australia.

Kevin Lyman, pictured above, is the founder and producer of Warped Tour. When we were in St. Petersburg, Florida he took Pepper and I out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for 8 hours. We went about 20 miles out, and caught a lot of fish.

Kaleo Wassman, guitarest for Pepper. 

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Sunset in Orlando, Florida. 

Rainy day in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Sublime with Rome was playing in the same city (Charlotte, NC) as Warped Tour, so a few of us hopped over to their show, of course I brought my camera and shot some photos for them. 

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iPhone photo from our off day on July 4th in Hilton Head, South Carolina. 

Kellin Quinn, lead singer for Sleeping With Sirens listening to the crowd scream. 

Brett Bollinger, bassist for Pepper. 

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Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, one of my favorite amphitheaters. The climb to the top is worth the view of the amphitheater and ocean. 

How the Warped Tour crew takes a nap during the day. 

Kaleo having a talk with Kenny, the stage manager for our stage. 

Went tubing down a river and camping with Sleeping With Sirens during an off day from tour.

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iPhone photo of our camp site set up. 

Lisa Brownlee, Tour Manager for Warped Tour. When she's not tour managing Warped Tour she's tour manager for Sleeping With Sirens. 

When you cant find drum sticks, use wiffle ball bats.

No actual gambling was taking place during this, I think.

Sleeping With Sirens closing out the night in Pittsburgh. 

Sunset in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Sometimes Warped Tour is in the middle of the woods.

Sean Mackin, violinist for Yellowcard, doing a backflip. 

Indinapolis, Indiana

Ryan Key, lead singer for Yellowcard. 

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Justin Hills, bassist for Sleeping With Sirens. 

Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

My home town venue, Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Deryck Whibley, lead singer for Sum 41.

Ryan from Yellowcard

Sleeping With Sirens pre-show huddle.

Nick Martin, guitarist for Sleeping With Sirens.

Kenny Leath, the stage manager for the stage we were on. There's a total of 7 stages on Warped Tour.

Pepper with Kevin during Pepper's last day on Warped Tour.

 

Thanks for looking at all of the photos! Warped Tour was a blast this summer! Getting to watch some of my favorite bands like Yellowcard and New Found Glory, and the bands I fell in love with like Sleeping With Sirens and Tonight Alive, everyday was amazing. Warped Tour can be summed up as "punk-rock summer camp". I defiantly see myself spending another summer out on Warped Tour in the future!

#HotlineSpringTour: Digital

1-800-Hotline Spring! I spent a total of 4 weeks out on the road working with Australian indie rock band The Griswolds during their co-headline Hotline Spring Tour with Magic Man. The tour started back in April in North Carolina to a sold out crowd, from there we went to Philadelphia, DC, Boston, NYC, Providence, Detroit, Cleveland, and my last show was in Columbus. The first few weeks were a blast, all of the shows had great crowds! We were in NYC for a few days and believe it or not it was my first time ever going to New York, so I spent our whole off day in the city exploring as much as possible. The morning of the first NYC show we went to Billboard's office, me being a music photographer I was really excited to get to see it! Walking around the halls seeing massive prints of past Billboard Magazine covers on the wall was very inspiring. 

Unfortunately I couldn't stay out on the road with them for the whole tour, missing some key cities on the tour like Portland, San Fran, San Diego, and LA that I wish I hadn't. I caught back up with the tour when they came to Nashville and stayed on the last week and a half. After Nashville we went to Atlanta, Gulf Shores, St. Pete, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale. We were in Gulf Shores for 4 days for Hangout Music Festival. Hangout was an amazing weekend, I plan on going back to the festival year after year to photograph if I'm able to. After Hangout, we went to Florida and sadly it came down to the end of the tour. I'm very thankful to have been apart of such an amazing tour with an amazing tour family! Thank you Danny, Chris, Tim and Lucky for being so welcoming to me and I'm excited for the future and working on more tours together! 

Before this tour started I have never herd of the band Magic Man, but after this tour I cant stop listening to them! It was great to share the time out of the road with the whole Magic Man family! I'm really excited for their new album to come out, there's a lot of amazing tracks on it!

Below are a handful of photos from throughout my month on the tour. All photos are shot using my Canon 5D Mark iii with a Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a Canon 24-70 4.0 lens. There's a lot of photos, but please take the extra minute to view them all!! 

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#HotlineSpringTour: Film (Part 1)

Photos from the first 2 weeks of the Hotline Spring  Tour with The Griswolds, Magic Man, and Panama Wedding. Special thanks to Photo Visions for another great processing and scanning order, best film lab out there! All photos were taken using my Canon T70 with Kodak T-Max 400 film. 

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Vance Joy

Vance Joy played this Friday night at the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville, TN.  Vance puts on a killer show, and the acoustics of the Ryman only made it better! 

Here's a few photos from his show! 

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Mardi Gras 2016!

To start off this blog post, I need to welcome and introduce you to a new member of my camera family. This is Diana. 

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Diana is a Lomography Diana F+. She is a medium format, toy camera. She's made up of all plastic (even the lens) except for a few key functioning parts that are made from really cheap metal. I decided to get her because I ran into a problem where I really wanted to bring a camera down to Mardi Gras but I don't own a camera that if I lost it or broke it, it wouldn't have been a big deal (no offense to you Diana). It also aloud me to use more creativity then a disposable would have. I really wanted to document Mardi Gras as a whole with this camera, I brought a disposable camera to take fun candid shots with, but Diana was for journalistic shots.  

I read online a lot about the camera so I knew your first few rolls are basically like an experiment and it will take some time to get the compositions right.  Most of my shots turned out somewhat, and then there are a few that I accidentally shot a double exposure. Most of the time double exposures can turn out really cool, unfortunately with mine I think it made them not cool. 

Below are the photos that turned out enough that I felt were worthy to share. All shots were taken using Kodak Tri-X 400 film and developed and scanned by Photo Visions. I usually do my own developing with black and white film but I wanted to send theses out to be done professionally. I'm still planning to make prints in the darkroom with them for a future gallery show. 

The parades are one of the biggest events during Mardi Gras. The parades last all day and go through the whole city. The floats were some of the biggest floats that I have ever seen, some of them about 60+ feet long and 20 feet high. The amount of beads that gets thrown during these parades is unbelievable. You also have to pay attention, because you can get knocked out from FULL bags of beads just getting thrown right at you. 

Both of these photos accidentally turned out to be double exposures (The first parade photo also was an accidental double exposure). The first two I don't mind the double exposure, but the third one I think I completely ruined what the original image was supposed to be. But when you're taking pictures on a camera that you have to wind the film and its Mardi Gras, so you've been drinking all day, a double exposure or two is bound to happen. 

Beignets. One of the top things I wanted to do since this was my first time in New Orleans was to go get beignets. We went to Cafe Du Monde, the number one place in New Orleans to go get them. They were amazing. So good. 

Portrait of a Louisiana State Police motorcycle trooper. 

In all, it was an amazing weekend. Had a blast at Mardi Gras with some of the best people and friends I know! 

For those that have never gone down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I would say it is something EVERYONE needs to experience AT LEAST once in their life. I have been very fortunate to get to do a lot of really cool things in my life so far at my young age, but Mardi Gras in New Orleans has made its way up towards the top of that list!  If you notice the title of this blog post is 'Mardi Gras 2016!', because I'll be back next year for sure! 

Snow Day

For those who don't know, the city of Nashville has like 2 snow plows (not sure if that's an accurate number or not but just go with it) so whenever it snows, even 1/4in, the city basically shuts down. This morning when I woke up, there were 5 beautiful fresh inches of snow covering as far as the eye could see all thanks to Winter Storm Jonas. The snow continued through out the day, I think the total accumulation was probably around 8 or 9 inches, the most Nashville has had in a long time. After laying in bed until noon I decided I wanted to go out and take some pictures around the city. I ended up walking from my house all the way to downtown, walk around downtown, and then walk all the way back to my house. In total, I walked a little over 10 miles today. Thats a lot of walking in general, but in about 6 inches of snow it was quite a trek. I felt as if I was working my way up to the summit of Everest. It really wasn't that bad until about the last mile before I got home, I started thinking maybe I should just crawl home, but I made it back. I have a feeling I will spend the whole day tomorrow in bed since my whole body is already aching. I don't really regret it though, today was a complete adventure and I'm glad I ended up going on the crazy 10 mile city hike and didn't waste my snow day off work laying in bed all day. 

Here all the photos I took today throughout my journey! 

 
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#LocalMeetATL

A group of friends and I drove down to Atlanta to go down to the #LocalMeetATL hosted by Rachael Crowe and her Instagram page @Like_a_Local. It was another fun day exploring a new city with old friends while making new friends. It was also nice to get to spend a day with the Chattanooga Instagram community. We spent most of the time at Piedmont Park in downtown, which is a nice large park with great views of the city skyline. We then adventured over to Krog Tunnel, a tunnel that has been covered in graffiti from left to right, top to bottom. 

Here's a few photos from the day!

 
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Atlanta skyline from Piedmont Park.

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Random graffiti artist working in Krog Tunnel.

 

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1/2/16.

First blog post of 2016!

Here's a few photos I took yesterday (Saturday 1/2/16). All photos were taken in Franklin, TN with my Canon 5D Mark iii with a Sigma 50mm 1.4. The photos were then edited in Adobe Lightroom.   

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Barn on Harlinsdale Farm. 

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Top 15 of 2015

2015 has been a big year for me as a photographer, probably the biggest year yet in my photography career. This year I finally became confident in my work as a photographer, which for any artist of any format, is always a huge step. I'm not going to bore you with some big long post, I'm just going to dive right into what you came here to see, my Top 15 photos of 2015. 

I'll admit, this was a lot harder to make then I thought it was going to be, I started off with 33 photos I knew I wanted to be in this post. Going from 33 to 15 wasn't easy, but eventually I was able to narrow it down. The following 15 photos are in no order, it was hard enough just deciding these 15 to share. 

 

Country artist Chris Janson opening up for Toby Keith on the first night of his 'Good Times & Pick Up Lines' tour this summer in Mountain View, CA.

Photo from a wedding outside of Nashville, TN.

I had the opportunity this year to photograph for Lynyrd Skynyrd when they played in Nashville, TN. 

Garrett Perales, guitarist for Jacob Whitesides, getting ready to hit the stage as the sun sets behind him at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater outside of Nashville, TN.

Rock legend Steven Tyler before his set at the inaugural Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN. 

The flower girl needed a mid-ceremony break. Taken at a wedding in Murfreesboro, TN.

Sometimes you have to wake up at 4:30 AM to go photograph Tim McGraw on Good Morning America. 

Brian Kelley, 1/2 of country duo Florida Georgia Line. 

Dave Welsh of The Fray taking the stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

Eric Gunderson, 1/2 of country duo Love and Theft playing in Clarksville, TN.

Model Hannah Grabowski posing in a dress designed Calle Evans, shot in Cincinnati, OH. 

Jacob Whitesides walking off of his tour bus backstage at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater outside of Nashville, TN. Jacob is an incredible and talented artist, I suggest you take a listen to his two EPs out on Itunes.  

Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE rocking out during their 'Tour de Compadres' tour in Nashville, TN.

Tim Foreman of Switchfoot caught midair. 

This image sums up country music fans in just one photo; taken outside of the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. 

 

2015 was a great year of photographing, there were a lot of photos that could have been in this post, but I wanted to keep it at 15. I'm already looking forward to 2016 and what awaits, and who knows, maybe in 2016 I'll finally get a photo featured in Rolling Stone Magazine! 

BØRNS.

If anyone were to ask me who my new favorite artist of 2015 was, there would be no thinking. The answer would be simple, BØRNS. BØRNS debut album 'Dopamine' is also my favorite album to come out in 2015. He played a sold out show here in Nashville, I was lucky enough to be a guest of Universal Music Group and attend the sold out show. I brought my camera with just a 50mm and got a few shots. 

The energy he put into the album is out of this world, and the live performance was no let down. The show was simply amazing, one of the best shows I've been to all year. Can't wait until the day I get to see BØRNS play live again. 

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Revived by Jamestown Revival

This past Tuesday night I had the opportunity to photograph for Jamestown Revival. They're one of the best Folk Rock bands out there. Their debut album 'Utah' is one my favorite albums, I strongly suggest you buy it and listen to it! (Album link https://itun.es/us/w7jM2) Jamestown Revial is a great group of musicians and a great group of people to be around. Here's a few photos from their show at Exit/In here in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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