Auteur: Tom Neff
And who better to tell its story than the men and women who create it, live it, and love it? Relax, put your feet up, and take a listen as the hottest stars of the contemporary country scene join country's living legends for a good long talk about the roots they share.
Here is a lavishly illustrated personal history of country music, from the beginning through the present—a living history served up by the folks who know what it's all about: Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Naomi Judd, June Carter, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Clint Black, Tracy Byrd, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio, Pam Tillis, Mickey Gilley, Billy Ray Cyrus, K. T. Oslin, Trisha Year wood, Wynonna Judd, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Daniels, and many, many others. This milestone book, which brings together many of American music's greatest stars, was assembled by Robert K. Oermann. Respected by music historians and performers alike, Oermann has published more than a thousand country music articles and has written many books on country, including Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music, which won the coveted Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP in 1994. His screenwriting credits include the major TV documentary America's Music: The Roots of Country, broadcast on TBS.