In the world of country music, Buddy Killen is one of Nashville's biggest starmakers.
In the course of his long career, beginning in the 1950s and cotinuing to the present day,
he has worked with the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton,
George Jones, Roger Miller, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many, many more. Now the man
known as "the Quincy Jones of country music" tells all about his life and career in a
personal and revealing story in the tradition of Ralph Emery's best-selling Memories.
It is a rare behind-teh-scenes look at the country music industry from someone who
has seen the music business from the front offices to the back stages.
Country music is currently estimated to be a $3-billion-a-year business, with
record sales topping $700 million annually. Buddy Killen, former owner of Tree International,
is one of the megastars of that industry, having written, published, and produced more hit songs
than anyone in Nashville. From publishing Elvis Presley's first million-dollar
record, "Heartbreak Hotel" to signing up a fourteen-yar-old Dolly Parton,
to producing the records of such diverse recording stars as the Allman
Brothers, Joe Tex, and Exile, Killen has seen, heard, and done it all.
Killen's story begins in a rat-infested shack in deep-Depression rural South,
where Buddy was one of a family of eight children. After early years of struggle, he landed
a job as a touring musician, playing with a number of country music's great performers,
including one of the most famous and influential personalities in country music
history, Hank Williams.
Looking back on a career spanning over forty years, Killen goes behind the myths to explore
the truth of legends, revealing the secret and personal behavior of some of Country music's most
renowned greats, past and present. Like a Who's Who of contradictions of private acts and public
image, Killen reveals the on-stage versus back-stage personalities of country's most
beloved legends, stars such as Gentleman Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Johnny Paycheck,
Dottie West, and George Jones.
By The Seat of My Pants is not only an exciting look at the nation's hottest entertainment field by
one of Nashville's key players and ultimate insiders, but a compelling human interest
story that personifies the triumph of the human spirit.
About the Author
Buddy Killen is the president and owner of Buddy Killen Enterprises,
one of Nashville's fastest growing entertainment complexes. Killen and his wife
Carolyn live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tom Carter is the coauthor of Memories by Ralph Emery and Almost Like A Song
by Ronnie Milsap. He lives in Nashville also.