In this book of original interviews, some of country music's greatest stars
share personal moments of redemption, inspiration, and heartache related to the music
that shaped their lives.
Brenda Lee explains how her childhood singing gift raised her entire family out
of dire poverty, and Pat Boone speaks about the spiritual influence of
his father-in-law, Red Foley.
Barbara Pittman talks about her childhood friendship with Elvis Presley,
while Little Jimmy Dickens divulges how Hank Williams came to write
a song for him and why he never recorded it.
Mickey Gilley talks about gladly living in, then gladly escaping, the shadow
of his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis, and Hank Thompson reveals how his
background in electrical engineering helped revolutionize country music.
Freddie Hart shares how he overcame a jail-cell beating to become
Mr. Easy Lovin', and Marty Martel talks about how the troubled
Johnny Paycheck redeemed himself during his final sad days.
More stories pour forth from Glen Campbell, Don Williams, Johnny Legend,
Chris Hillman, and many others.
About the Author
Ken Burke has contributed to more than a dozen books on music including
the MusicHound album guides and the Contemporary Musicians reference series.
He has written feature articles for numerous publications including
Blues Access, Country Music Live, Country Standard Time, Goldmine, and Roctober.