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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 Forge Books (September 02, 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 rock...

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...

Hidden History of Music Row

by Vanessa Olivarez, Brian Allison, Elizabeth Elkins & Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn The History Press (August 31, 2020)

Nashville's Music Row is as complicated as the myths that surround it. And there are plenty, from an adulterous French fur trader to an adventurous antebellum widow, from the early Quonset hut recordings to...

The Jamboree in Wheeling

by Jacob L. Bapst, Ivan M. Tribe & Barbara "Peeper Williams" Smik Arcadia Publishing (November 02, 2020)

Beginning in the mid-1920s, radio stations that catered to rural audiences sponsored programs featuring country music, generically termed "barn dances." Ranking second in terms of longevity and perhaps in significance...

Country Music Fun Time Activity Book

by Aye Jay Morano, Aye Jay & Alison Appelbe Ecw Press (September 30, 2009)

Aye Jay, creator of the Gangsta Rap Coloring Book, the Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book (ECW 2007), and the Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book (ECW 2009), takes on Country music in his latest collection of pop...

Behind the Boards: Nashville, Vol. 2

by Jake Brown & various narrators Jacob P. Brown (October 27, 2020)

If you?re a County music fan, you?ve seen glimpses perhaps of it on TV shows like Nashville and movies like Walk the Line, but never before have fans of music?s biggest-selling genre been invited inside the...

Traditional Country & Western Music

by Karl Anderson Arcadia Publishing (October 26, 2020)

Traditional Country & Western Music presents historical photographs, memorabilia, and stories about an enduring music genre that took root in America from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s. Although many...

North Carolina String Music Masters

by Elizabeth A. Carlson & Former Npr Journalist Paul Brown The History Press (February 08, 2016)

North Carolina musicians pioneered and mastered the genres of old-time and bluegrass music.

The roots of American music are deeply grounded in North Carolina's music history. Doc Watson played mountain fiddle...

She Come By It Natural

by Sarah Smarsh Simon & Schuster Audio (October 13, 2020)

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton....

Elvis, Strait, to Jesus

by Tony Brown Center Street (April 30, 2018)

"In the world of modern country music history, Tony Brown has earned a critical spot...[as] one of the top creative minds of the past four decades." --

This striking photographic journey shows...


by Waylon Jennings & Lenny Kaye Grand Central Publishing (June 26, 2009)

Waylon Jennings relates the story of his life as a country music star. His beginnings were poor but he became Buddy Holly's protege before sinking into drug abuse and 3 failed marriages. His success came when...


by Terry Jennings & David Thomas Hachette Books (April 18, 2016)

"This book is a terrific tribute, from a son to his father."---Willie Nelson

"I'm so excited about Terry's new book."---Dolly Parton

From the Foreword by Ken Mansfield

"There are many stories about Waylon . . ....

The Grand Tour

by Rich Kienzle & John Pruden HarperAudio (March 29, 2016)

In the vein of the classic Johnny Cash: The Life, this groundbreaking work explores the wild life and extraordinary musical career of ?the definitive country singer of the last half century? (New York Times),...

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.

One Song at a Time

by Joe Bevilacqua BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville FolkFestival has run annually since 1972. It is the longest continuously runningmusic festival of its kind in North America. For eighteen straight days andnights each May...

The Grand Tour

by Rich Kienzle, Adam O’Fallon Price, John Pruden & R. C. Bray Blackstone Publishing (August 09, 2016)

A bitingly funny, smart, and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls--an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college-student superfan--who form an unlikely connection...

From Moonshine to Armadillos

by Joe Bevilacqua, Willie Nelson, Others & Kenneth Threadgill et al. BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Veteran award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this hour-long program outlining the history of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters, their contribution to the birth of the Austin music scene, and...

Tammy Wynette

by Jimmy McDonough & Robertson Dean Blackstone Publishing (March 04, 2010)

Tammy Wynette was one of the great female singers of the twentieth century, an artist who could plumb the darkest corners of her heart and transform private grief into public drama. Bestselling biographer Jimmy...

Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

by Barry Mazor, Ketch Secor, Dom Flemons & Marty Stuart Lyric Audiobooks (July 07, 2015)

This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous--even revolutionary--A&R man and music publisher who saw the universal power locked in regional roots music and tapped it, changing the breadth and...


by Waylon Jennings & Lenny Kaye Grand Central Publishing (April 01, 2006)

Waylon Jennings relates the story of his life as a country music star. His beginnings were poor but he became Buddy Holly's protege before sinking into drug abuse and 3 failed marriages. His success came when...


by Terry Jennings, David Thomas & Christopher Ryan Grant Hachette Books (April 19, 2016)

"This book is a terrific tribute, from a son to his father."---Willie Nelson

"I'm so excited about Terry's new book."---Dolly Parton

From the Foreword by Ken Mansfield

"There are many stories about Waylon . . ....

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads

by Nick Hayes Abrams ComicArts (March 14, 2016)

Using the sepia tones of the Dust Bowl as his pal­ette, author and artist Nick Hayes tells the story of world-famous folkie Woody Guthrie (1912–1967), starting in the 1920s when Guthrie was a teenager supporting...

R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

by R. Crumb & Terry Zwigoff Abrams ComicArts (May 31, 2015)

Anyone who knows R. Crumb?s work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card...

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...

The Songwriter's and Musician's Guide to Nashville

by Sherry Bond Allworth (February 21, 2012)

This behind-the scenes look at the Nashville music industry reveals inside tips on how to break through the system and get heard. The new edition includes the latest strategies for Internet marketing, best techniques...

Tales From Boilermaker Country: A Collection of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

by Doug Griffiths Sports Publishing (January 31, 2012)

The history of Purdue athletics is sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and triumphant and often pretty amazing -- but always uniquely human. Along the way many characters have arisen in over 11 decades of competition...

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,...

Sing Me Back Home

by Dana Jennings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 26, 2008)

The years from about 1950 to 1970 were the golden age of twang. Country music's giants all strode the earth in those years: Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, George Jones and Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Tammy...

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.

The Grand Ole Opry

by Colin Escott & Vince Gill Center Street (February 27, 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

by Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger & Justin Stelter Center Street (May 13, 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...

The Adventures of Slim & Howdy

by Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn & Bill Fitzhugh Center Street (May 11, 2008)

Exclusive CD! Brooks & Dunn's "Gotta Get Me One of Those" inside!

Musicians by trade, Slim and Howdy have each come to a figurative crossroads in their lives. As fate would have it, they meet at these crossroads,...

Lost Highway

by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company (December 19, 2012)

This masterful explorationof 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,...

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 Attached...