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Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music

by Frye Gaillard NewSouth Classics (June 01, 2004)

Originally published in 1978, Watermelon Wine received honest, unsentimental examination of the compassion as well as the passion behind authentic country music. A quarter-century later, the essays in the book...


Tales From Country Music

by Gerry Wood Sports Publishing (February 29, 2012)

Follow Gerry Wood on his journey with country music's biggest stars, featuring Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain and many more familiar names in the industry. Tales from Country Music will take you backstage...


Marty Robbins: Fast Cars and Country Music

by Barbara J. Pruett Scarecrow Press (July 26, 2007)

From his first performance in the late 1940s until his early death in 1982, Marty Robbins established himself as one of the most popular and successful singer/songwriters in the latter half of the 20th century....


What Are the Chances

by Kenny Rogers & Mike Blakely Tom Doherty Associates (September 03, 2013)

Country music legend Kenny Rogers teams up with Spur Award–winning author Mike Blakely for a rousing tale set in the heyday of Nashville in What Are the Chances.

It's 1975, and Ronnie Breed's chart-topping...


Kentucky Traveler

by Ricky Skaggs It Books (August 13, 2013)

In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as...


Outlaw

by Michael Streissguth It Books (June 04, 2013)

Outlaw by acclaimed author Michael Streissguth follows the stories of three legends as they redefined country music: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Streissguth delves into the country...


Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians

by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company (December 20, 2012)

This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley,...


Behind Closed Doors: Talking with the Legends of Country Music

by Alanna Nash Cooper Square Press (October 22, 2002)

Journalist and biographer Nash interviews 27 country music stars, from Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn to contemporary chart-toppers like Reba McEntire and Rosanne Cash.


Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock

by John Einarson Cooper Square Press (January 16, 2001)

The first full history to describe the development of country rock.


Luck or Something Like It

by Kenny Rogers William Morrow (October 02, 2012)

A living legend of Country Music and a worldwide music icon, superstar Kenny Rogers has enjoyed a fascinating five decades in show business, and he tells the full story of his remarkable life and career in Luck...


Leftover Salmon

by Tim Newby Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 08, 2019)

Leftover Salmon is a major influence on a generation of bands who have followed in their wake. Emerging from the progressive bluegrass world and coming of age as one the original jam bands, Leftover Salmon rose...


A&R Pioneers

by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber Vanderbilt Univ Press - Country Music Foundation P (June 26, 2018)

A&R Pioneers offers the first comprehensive account of the diverse group of men and women who pioneered artists-and-repertoire (A&R) work in the early US recording industry. In the process, they helped create...


Big Tom

by Tom Gilmore The O'Brien Press (September 17, 2018)

This biography is a tribute to Big Tom McBride and his extraordinary career as an Irish Country Music Legend. Big Tom was the undisputed King of Irish country music with a singing career spanning over 60 years....


Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music

by Leigh H. Edwards Indiana University Press (November 30, 2017)

Dolly Parton is instantly recognizable for her iconic style and persona, but how did she create her enduring image? Dolly crafted her exaggerated appearance and stage personality by combining two opposing stereotypes—the...


Living the Dream

by Daniel O'Donnell & Eddie Rowley The O'Brien Press (October 16, 2017)

In Ireland, Daniel O’Donnell is more than just a singing star: he has reached the status of 'national treasure'. It has been a long journey for the boy from Kincasslagh, County Donegal, and in Living the Dream...


Philomena Begley

by Philomena Begley & Emma Heatherington The O'Brien Press (November 06, 2017)

This biography tells us everything there is to know about Philomena Begley, from a young country singer from Ireland arriving in Music City, the world’s most iconic home of country music to perform on the...


The Little Book of Country Music Wisdom

by Christopher Parton Lyons Press (September 01, 2017)

Illustrated wisdom from country stars past and present

  • Country Music Association estimates 42% of American adults (98 million-plus) are country music fans
  • From country legends and stars of today—many interviewed...


Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

by Steve Sullivan & Dave Marsh Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 17, 2017)

Volumes 3 and 4 of the The Encyclopedia of More Great Popular Song Recordings provides the stories behind approximately 1,700 more of the greatest song recordings in the history of the music industry, from 1890...


Walking the Line

by Roxanne Harde, Thomas Alan Holmes, Laura Pattillo & Douglas Harrison et al. Lexington Books (October 09, 2013)

An insightful and wide-ranging look at one of America’s most popular genres of music, Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture examines how country songwriters engage with their nation’s...


Earl Scruggs

by David L. Russell, Gordon Castelnero & Béla Fleck Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 17, 2017)

As Earl Scruggs picked his banjo with machine gun precision at his 1945 debut at the Ryman Auditorium, he set in motion a successful career and enduring legacy that would eclipse anything the humble farm boy...


Linthead Stomp

by Patrick Huber The University of North Carolina Press (October 20, 2008)

Contrary to popular belief, the roots of American country music do not lie solely on southern farms or in mountain hollows. Rather, much of this music recorded before World War II emerged from the bustling cities...


Country Soul

by Charles L. Hughes The University of North Carolina Press (March 23, 2015)

In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters,...


The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

by David McPherson & Jim Cuddy Dundurn (September 23, 2017)

A complete history of Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern, “the Birthplace of Canadian Rock,” to coincide with its seventieth anniversary.

Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades,...


PEOPLE 50 Years of the CMA Awards: Country Music's Finest

by The Editors of People Life (October 28, 2016)

PEOPLE presents a special on 50 years of the Country Music Awards.


Diary of a Player

by Brad Paisley & David Wild Howard Books (November 01, 2011)

Country music star Brad Paisley salutes others in the music world in this funny, personal, and fascinating portrait of what it’s like to be country’s leading guitar hero.

The Story of a Life with Strings...


All About the Dixie Chicks

by Ace Collins St. Martin's Press (September 08, 2015)

Just two short years ago, The Dixie Chicks were practically unheard-of outside of Texas, but today, they're the hottest act in country music. The explosive popularity of their album Wide Open Spaces has rocketed...


The Country Music Book of Lists

by Ace Collins St. Martin's Press (September 01, 2015)

More than just charts, star bios, and boring listings, "The Country Music Book of Lists" is the perfect gift or pop reference guide for trivia fans, filled with humor, insight, and "down home fun".


The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon

by Colin Escott & Vince Gill Center Street (February 28, 2009)

This official guide chronicles the story of the birthplace of country music as told by the people who were there. Escott presents the official inside history of the home of country music, offering fans an exclusive...


A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

by Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger & Justin Stelter Center Street (May 14, 2008)

Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and...


Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy

by Grand Ole Opry & Robert K. Oermann Center Street (October 08, 2008)

The Grand Ole Opry has been home to the greatest legends of country music for over eighty years, and in that time it has seen some of conutry music's most dramatic stories unfold.

We'll hear of the great love...