Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway is a new collection of Colin Escott's wonderful
biographies of the legends of rock, rockabilly, and country. Escott is world
renowned for telling the stories of not only the major stars, but also the Tex Nobodies
that populate the back alleys of American music. For every struggling singer or songwriter who breaks through,
there are hundreds more who labor in the shadows, victims of bad luck, bad timing, or themselves.
It's the real stories, not the publicists' confections, that concern Colin Escott.
We hear Perry Como's story in his own words: It wasn't all smooth. We learn about the astonishing twists and
turns in Roy Orbison's life and the stories behind the songs we know so well. And we go
down with Vernon Oxford, the last great honky tonk singer, who came to Nashville just a little too late.
These are stories for anyone who loves what Escott calls "little songs from great
sorrows." They will fascinate even the most casual fan of popular music, and they're told
here in sympathetic, engaging, and illuminating prose.
About the Author
Colin Escott lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Tattooed on Their
Tongues: Journeys through the Backrooms of American Music and Hank Williams: The
Biography, and coauthor of Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway and Good
Rockin' Tonight: The Sun Records Story. He has annotated more than five hundred recordings
and has won numerous awards for his writing, including a Grammy for historic documentation
and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound
Collections), a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the history of recorded sound.