Country and Folk Music
Telling Stories, Writing Songs
An Album of Texas Songwriters
Paperback ISBN: 0292731361
Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett...the list of popular songwriters from Texas just goes on and on. In this collection of thirty-four interviews with these and other songwriters, Kathleen Hudson pursues the stories behind the songs, letting the singers' own words describe where their songs come from and how the diverse, eclectic cultures, landscapes, and musical traditions of Texas inspire the creative process. Conducted in dance halls, dressing rooms, parking lots, clubs-wherever the musicians could take time to tell their stories-the interviews are refreshingly spontaneous and vivid. Hudson draws out the songwriters on such topics as the sources of their songs, the influence of other musicians on their work, the progress of their careers, and the nature of Texas music. Many common threads emerge from these stories, while the uniqueness of each songwriter becomes equally apparent. To round out the collection, Hudson interviews Larry McMurtry and Darrell Royal for their perspectives as longtime friends and fans of Texas musicians. She also includes a brief biography and discography of each songwriter.
Heartaches by the Number
Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0826514243
A populist history of country music features interwoven essays about its origins, influences, artists, producers, and fans, and provides encyclopedic information about the top 500 recordings, complemented by reviews. Simultaneous.
Wrong's What I Do Best
Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0195169425
This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses on its low position in the American cultural hierarchy, comically singing of failures to live up to American standards of affluence, while mainstream country music focuses on nostalgia, romance, and patriotism of regular folk. With chapters on Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Merle Haggard, George Jones, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, and the Outlaw Movement, this book is written in a jargon-free, engaging style that will interest both academic as well as general readers.
Smile When You Call Me a Hillbilly
Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954
Paperback ISBN: 0820326232
Lange examines the 1940s and early 1950s as the most crucial period in country music’s transformation from a rural, southern folk art form to a national phenomenon. He shows how country music and its audience became more sophisticated and how subgenres blended with one another and with American popular music.
Are You Ready for the Country
Paperback ISBN: 0142000167
Looks at the relationship between rock and country music, discussing the role country music played in the birth of rock, the inception of country rock in the late 1960s, and the pioneering performers of country rock.