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Forever and Ever, Amen

by Randy Travis & Ken Abraham

The long-awaited, deeply personal story of one of American music's greatest icons, a remarkable tale of the utmost heights of fame and success, the deepest lows of life's sorrows, and a miraculous return from...


Leftover Salmon

by Tim Newby

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...


Crooked River City

by Terry Wait Klefstad

A pianist, arranger, and composer, William Pursell is a mainstay of the Nashville music scene. He has played jazz in Nashville's Printer's Alley with Chet Atkins and Harold Bradley, recorded with Johnny Cash...


Big Tom

by Tom Gilmore

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....


A&R Pioneers

by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber

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...


The Faith of Dolly Parton

by Dudley Delffs

Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs,...


The Blue Sky Boys

by Dick Spottswood

During the 1940s, country music was rapidly evolving from traditional songs and string band styles to honky-tonk, western swing, and bluegrass, via radio, records, and film. The Blue Sky Boys, brothers Bill...


Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music

by Leigh H. Edwards

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...


I Would If I Could: But I Can't So I Won't

by Marc Shamus & Rosalind Menter

Powerful Biographic of Rosalind Menter

This book is the full details behind the scenes of the song: "I WOULD IF I COULD". This song is based on a fictitious story about a married couple and the fancy car that...


Philomena Begley

by Philomena Begley & Emma Heatherington

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...


Living the Dream

by Daniel O'Donnell & Eddie Rowley

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...


The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

by David McPherson & Jim Cuddy

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,...


The Little Book of Country Music Wisdom

by Christopher Parton

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

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...


Earl Scruggs

by David L. Russell, Gordon Castelnero & Béla Fleck

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...


The Sound of Navajo Country

by Kristina M. Jacobsen

In this ethnography of Navajo (Diné) popular music culture, Kristina M. Jacobsen examines questions of Indigenous identity and performance by focusing on the surprising and vibrant Navajo country music scene....


Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music

by Bill Anderson & Peter Cooper

Whisperin’ Bill: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music presents a revealing portrait of Bill Anderson, one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of country music. Mega country music hits like "City...


Go Big or Go Home

by Scotty McCreery & Travis Thrasher

Platinum-award winning country music star Scotty McCreery shares his path from North Carolina to American Idol to the top of the country music scene.

It was just a simple singing competition that would be fun...


Country Boys and Redneck Women

by Diane Pecknold & Kristine M. McCusker

Country music boasts a long tradition of rich, contradictory gender dynamics, creating a world where Kitty Wells could play the demure housewife and the honky-tonk angel simultaneously, Dolly Parton could move...


The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music

by Paul Hemphill & Don Cusic

While on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, journalist and novelist Paul Hemphill wrote of that pivotal moment in the late sixties when traditional defenders of the hillbilly roots of country music were confronted...