Long before Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks,
the original pioneers of country musicThe Carter Family, Vernon Dalhart,
The Monroe Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, and otherspaved the way for
future country artists, influencing musicians for generations to come. Now
for the first time, country music authority Charles K. Wolfe gathers together
his profiles of 50 legends of country music.
Classic Country includes such Hall of Famers as the father of bluegrass,
Bill Monroe, honky tonker Lefty Frizzell, and queen of country music,
Kitty Wells, as well as lesser-known but equally important artists like
DeFord Bailey, the first African-American member of the Grand Ole Opry,
the mysterious Seven Foot Dilly, and the reclusive songwriter,
Arthur D. Smith. Wolfe also offers portraits of recent artists who
perform in the classic country style, such as Doc Watson, The Freight Hoppers,
and Hazel and Alice.
Much more than a collection of mini-biographies, this engaging collection
also provides unique insights into the history of the recording and broadcast
industry that are sure to fascinate not only fans and scholars of country
and bluegrass music, but anyone interested in the roots of American
- Charles K. Wolfe, Professor of English at Middle
Tennessee State University is the author of sixteen books on folk, country
and popular music, including A Good Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand
Ole Opry (1999), The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (cowritten with Kip
Lornell, 1992) and The Devil's Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling (1997).