Download and read online Johnny s Cash and Charley s Pride in PDF and EPUB Johnny s Cash and Charley s Pride is country music s smoothest rough guide. It is filled with untold stories, newly revealed histories, and armchair philosophies. It is an inside view of the music s greatest characters and pivotal moments. It is reverent and irreverent, well-studied and informal. It is a behind-the-scenes, first-person account of some of country s icons, some of country s quirks, and some of country s golden-but-hidden personalities. It is a smiling, atypical immersion. It is a hearty introduction to Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Loretta Lynn, and more. It is a hoot."
Download and read online These Are My People in PDF and EPUB What would it be like to be a part of country music history? Singer/sngwriter and manager Merle Kilgore could have told you. He awed his fans with tales of his life in the music business, always with a supporting cast of impossibly famous friends. At age fourteen Merle carried the guitar for Hank Williams Sr. Four years later he wrote his first song, and Webb Pierce turned it into a million-seller. He double-dated with Elvis Presley, wrecked hotel rooms with Johnny Cash, held seances with Johnny Horton, and convinced Audrey Williams to put Hank Jr. on the road at fourteen-years-old. Merle became a prolific songwriter, entering the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He co-wrote his signature accomplishment, Ring of Fire with June Carter Cash. This work is listed by CMT as one of the top four all-time country music songs. These are just a few of the amazing stories of Merle's life, showcased in These Are My People, written by his grandson Mark Rickert.
Download and read online The Storyteller s Nashville in PDF and EPUB Revised and expanded with a Preface from acclaimed Country Music historian and journalist Peter Cooper, The Storyteller s Nashville is the illuminating and entertaining tale of Music City s transformative years by Tom T. Hall, considered by many greats to be the greatest storyteller and songwriter in Nashville s illustrious history."
Download and read online Rednecks Bluenecks in PDF and EPUB An exploration of how political beliefs are reflected in today's country music features interviews with such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, and Willie Nelson.
Download and read online The Starday Story in PDF and EPUB The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is the first book entirely dedicated to one of the most influential music labels of the twentieth century. In addition to creating the largest bluegrass catalogue throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Starday was also known for its legendary rockabilly catalogue, an extensive Texas honky-tonk outpouring, classic gospel and sacred recordings, and as a Nashville independent powerhouse studio and label. Written with label president and co-founder Don Pierce, this book traces the label’s origins in 1953 through the 1968 Starday-King merger. Interviews with artists and their families, employees, and Pierce contribute to the stories behind famous hit songs, including “Y’all Come,” “A Satisfied Mind,” “Why Baby Why,” “Giddy-up Go,” “Alabam,” and many others. Gibson’s research and interviews also shed new light on the musical careers of George Jones, Arlie Duff, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, the Stanley Brothers, Cowboy Copas, Red Sovine, and countless other Starday artists. Conversations with the children of Pappy Daily and Jack Starns provide a unique perspective on the early days of Starday, and extensive interviews with Pierce offer an insider glance at the country music industry during its golden era. Weathering through the storm of rock and roll and, later, the Nashville Sound, Starday was a home to traditional country musicians and became one of the most successful independent labels in American history. Ultimately, The Starday Story is the definitive record of a country music label that played an integral role in preserving our nation’s musical heritage.
Download and read online Pride in PDF and EPUB A biography of country music's only black superstar describes his impoverished childhood in Sledge, Mississippi, his three Grammys, and his struggle as virtually the only black star in the country music constellation. 50,000 first printing.
Download and read online Grief Cottage in PDF and EPUB The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin. After his mother's death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she'd moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation. The islanders call it "Grief Cottage," because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda. Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that--an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.
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Download and read online I Hope You re Living as High on the Hog as the Pig You Turned Out to be in PDF and EPUB On Tour With, Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Clint Black, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and many more.
Download and read online Runner s World Train Smart Run Forever in PDF and EPUB From the experts at the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST), Runner's World Train Smart, Run Forever goes beyond traditional training programs and addresses the issues that prevent runners from reaching their full potential. This book will teach you how to become a fit, fast, and healthy lifelong runner by following the authors' innovative 7-hour workout week. In this new approach, Bill Pierce and Scott Murr show how overall fitness and total body health are the secret to longevity as a runner. Runner's World Train Smart, Run Forever is appropriate for all runners, but is especially helpful if you're frustrated by injuries or looking to maintain your healthy lifestyle as you age. This book addresses the controversies surrounding the dangers of over training and the stress associated with the constant craving for faster race times. Complete with a comprehensive program to enhance overall fitness, improve race times, and support healthy aging, this book will show you how to achieve your fitness goals at any stage.
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