Few people can refute the influence of music on society. Country
Music Comin' Home gives an overview of the Country music industry
and its return to traditional family and moral values.
Author James C. Hefley takes into account the history and the people
that have made Country music into the worldwide phenomenon it is
today. From Jimmie Rogers to Randy Travis, from the early
days to the present, from "The Wabash Cannonball" to "Forever and
Ever, Amen," from Nashville, Tennessee to Branson, Missouri, Hefley illustrates
how Country music has permeated society for generations.
Hefley maintains that "the heart of traditional Country music lies in
the simple, life-sustaining faith of the people."
"Born in choir lofts and town halls across rural America, Country music
is part of our national heritage," he writes.
Country Music Comin' Home claims that once again the songs are
reflecting the "beliefs of the people: life is hard but sometimes
funny; love is sweet and parting bitter; death is certain and
often tragic; God is real and heaven everlasting."
Hefley also shows the corrupting influence of New York and
Hollywood in trashing faith and traditional values in the industry.
He notes, for example, that a TV network once canceled
Johnny Cash after Cash told his audience that he was a Christian.
Many Country music artists and comedians share their personal beliefs.
For example, Hefley quotes Cash as stating: "God is the strength
of my being. He gave me all I have." In the book,
Larry Gatlin says, "Having a God-given talent with which to touch
and help others is more precious than gold . . . my kids can say
their daddy stood for something." Connie Smith tells: "My life began
when I chose Jesus and became God's child. He grows sweeter
and sweeter. I gave up my music. It had become a curse in my life, but
when I gave my heart to Jesus, he gave my music right back to me."
And Ricky Skaggs relates, "The Lord is using country music to speak
morals, wisdom, truth and righteous lifestyle to people . . . I want
to keep the traditional music alive."
In these pages, readers will find the tears and the talents, the
tragedies and triumphs of the stars who are bringing Country music
back full circle to speak to people's simple faith.
James C. "Jim" Hefley is author of more
than 50 books, including his popular "Way Back" series about life in
the Ozark mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. He lives in Hannibal,