Country and Folk Music
Behind the Shades : A Biography
Paperback ISBN: 0671791559
Chronicles the life and thirty-year music career of Bob Dylan, from his early protest songs through his near-fatal motorcycle accident, his divorce, and his religious conversion, to his recent rock comeback
The Pilgrims of Guitar Town
Hardcover ISBN: 1556709897
A surprising tour of one of America's most legendary cities looks back on nearly a century of musical dreams dashed and realized in Music City, U.S.A.a town famous for attracting sixstring troubadors of every kind.
My Husband Jimmie Rogers
Paperback ISBN: 0915608162
Originally published in 1935, this affectionate biography was for decades the only detailed account of the life of the "Father of Country Music." The new edition includes photographs, index, and a new, critical introduction by award-winning Rodgers biographer Nolan Porterfield. Distributed for the Country Music Foundation Press
A Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book
Hardcover ISBN: 0670821594
A collection of songs submitted to the "Department of Folk Songs" on the popular radio show "Prairie Home Companion" includes sea chanteys, lullabies, Native American ballads, parodies, and nonsense songs
The Encyclopedia of Country Music
The Ultimate Guide to the Music
Hardcover ISBN: 0195116712
Compiled by the Country Music Foundation and accompanied by a foreword by singer Emmylou Harris, an up-to-date, entertaining, and authoritative encyclopedia of American country music contains almost 1,300 articles and hundreds of color photographs. 25,000 first printing. UP.
The Life of Lee Hays
Paperback ISBN: 0803297475
During the Great Depression, Lee Hays, the son of a Southern Methodist minister, used his music to life the hearts of sharecroppers and miners and union organizers. He helped bring black music to America's consciousness. He could make people laugh in times when there seemed little to laugh about. An Arkansas traveler and radical minstrel, he commented wryly on events and impaled reactionary southern congressmen on their own words. A kind of Mark Twain of the left, people said. But Lee Hays, for all his great size and talents and humor, was also a difficult man, plagued by self-doubts and a driving need to discombobulate any person or group that struck him as self-satisfied. Lonesome Traveler is the story of a prodigious talent with a zeal for changing the world. With Pete Seeger he formed the popular folksinging group the Weavers, which sang songs of social justice just as a tidal wave of red-hunting hit America. The rest of his legendary story will anger, touch, and delight.
Country Music in West Virginia
Hardcover ISBN: 0813115140
Jamboree! To many country music fans the word conjures up memories of Saturday nights around the family radio listening to live broadcasts from that haven of hillbilly music, West Virginia. From 1926 through the 1950s, as Ivan Tribe shows in his lively history, country music radio programming made the Mountain State a mecca for country singers and instrumentalists from all over America. Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Red Sovine, Blaine Smith, Curly Ray Cline, Grandpa Jones, Cowboy Loye, Rex and Eleanor Parker, Lee Moore, Buddy Starcher, Doc and Chickie Williams, and Molly O'Day were among the many who came to prominence via West Virginia radio. Wheeling's "WWVA jamboree," first broadcast in 1933, attracted a wide audience, especially after 1942, when the station increased its power. The show's success spawned numerous competitors, as new stations all over West Virginia followed WWVA's lead in headlining country music. The state also played an important role in the early recording industry. The Tweedy Brothers, Frank Hutchison, Roy Harvey, Blind Alfred Reed, Frank Welling and John McGhee, Cap and Andy, and the Kessinger Brothers were among West Virginians whose waxings contributed to the state's reputation for fine native musicianship. So too did those who sought out and recorded the Mountaineer folksong heritage. As Nashville's dominance has grown since the 1960s, West Virginia's leadership in country music has lessened. Young performers must now seek fame outside their native state. But, as Ivan Tribe demonstrates, the state's numerous outdoor festivals continue to keep alive the heritage of country music's "mountain mama."