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Sing Your Heart Out Country Boy
By Dorothy Horstman
Country Music Foundation Press
1975
443 Pages
ISBN:  0-915608-19-7

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This is the definitive country music book.

Here are the lyrics to virtually every country song that matters, from "Your Cheatin' Heart" to "Stand By Your Man" to "Friends in Low Places," with comments on each song by the artist who wrote it, or a friend or heir. The list of contributors reads like all-star night in Nashville. Loretta Lynn tells how "Coal Miner's Daughter" came out of her own experience, while Mary Chapin Carpenter reveals that the inspiration for "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" came from watching a Geritol commercial. Audrey Williams talks about her husband, Hank. Maybelle Carter remembers A. P. Carter. Kris Kristofferson, Gene Autry, Alan Jackson, Roy Acuff, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, and countless others speak for themselves.

This book is divided into fifteen categories, including Songs of Home, Lost and Unrequited Love, Traveling, Prison, and Cowboy songs. Each section begins with a short essay by Dorothy Horstman, country music scholar and songwriter. Also included is a complete bibliography and a discography which leads you to classic recordings of all the songs in the book.

A perfect introduction for new fans, an indispensable bible for buffs—Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy is a celebration of the songs that have made country the most popular music in America.

Dorothy Horstman has been a fan and scholar of country music all her life and is also a writer of country songs. Born in Louisiana, she now resides in New York City.