Country music used to mean hillbillies, banjos, and back porches – but no more. Country music clubs are thriving in London, New York, and Paris, and more radio stations are playing sounds from Nashville, the “outlaws,” and L.A.’s musical urban cowboys. From its beginnings with the Grand Ole Opry on Nashville’s far-reaching radio station WSM to today’s Opryland, country music has come a long way.
Authors Robert K. Oermann and Douglas B. Green chronicle this journey in The Listener’s Guide to Country Music. The early days, with such greats as Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and Uncle Dave Macon; the golden days of Depression-era radio, with Lulu Belle and Scotty and the Monroe Brothers; singing cowboys, honky-tonk, and the Nashville Sound; all are among the highlights of country music’s history. The legacy of recordings from that rich history are the focus of the book, and some 200 records are critically discussed.