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Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me

by Brad Paisley & David Wild

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...


Johnny Cash FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Man in Black

Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

by Barry Mazor

This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous-even revolutionary-A&R man and music publisher who changed the breadth and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world. It is...


Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits

by Jake Brown

You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs?

Nashville...


Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary

by Richard Carlin

This illustrated A-Z guide covers more than 700 country music artists, groups, and bands. Articles also cover specific genres within country music as well as instruments used. Written in a lively, engaging style,...


Country Music Broke My Brain: A Behind-the-Microphone Peek at Nashville's Famous and Fabulous Stars

by Gerry House & Reba McEntire

Nashville is filled with stars and lovers and writers and dreamers. Nashville is also teeming with lunatics and grifters and dip wads and moochers. Gerry House fits easily into at least half of those categories....


Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown

by David Menconi

Before he achieved his dream of being an internationally known rock personality, Ryan Adams had a band in Raleigh, North Carolina. Whiskeytown led the wave of insurgent-country bands that came of age with No...


Bonfire of Roadmaps

by Joe Ely

Since he first hitched a ride out of Lubbock, Texas, at the age of sixteen, singer-songwriter and Flatlanders band member Joe Ely has been a road warrior, traveling highways and back roads across America and...


Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music

by Frye Gaillard

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...


Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies

by Craig Maki & Keith Cady

The richness of Detroit's music history has by now been well established. We know all about Motown, the MC5, and Iggy and the Stooges. We also know about the important part the Motor City has played in the history...


Tales From Country Music

by Gerry Wood

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

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....


George Jones: King of Broken Hearts

by The Tennessean

George Jones has been called one of country music's greatest singers. Jones' voice "held the bracing power, the sweetness and the burn of an evening's final pull from a bourbon bottle," as Tennessean music columnist...


Southwest Shuffle

by Rich Kienzle

Southwest Shuffle documents an important period in country music history. During the '30s and early '40s, hundreds of thousands of "Okies," "Arkies," and other rural folks from around the Southwest resettled...


Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass

by Murphy Henry

Untold and unsung stories of women in bluegrass


Kentucky Traveler

by Ricky Skaggs

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

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...


Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir

by Maxine Brown

Revealing, entertaining window on the music of the '50s and '60s


Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City

by Craig Havighurst

Started by the National Life and Accident Insurance Company in 1925, WSM became one of the most influential and exceptional radio stations in the history of broadcasting and country music. WSM gave Nashville...


Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir

by Josh Graves & Fred Bartenstein

A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927-2006) was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues, maintaining...