For music so famously associated with the American West, the real story of country and western music begins far away from the caricatured world of big hats, dogs gone bad and broken hearts. It begins with the Celtic myths of another millennium and the folk songs of another continent, mutated in the hillbilly crucible of the Appalachians to somehow become the music today synonymous with Nashville.
Bit it doesn't end there. Genre-defying artists like Shania Twain, whose own Celtic roots are explored in the book, Beck, Faith Hill, Shelby Lynne and Nick Cave currently attract huge mainstream interest, while the recent rivalry between new country and alt country ensures the scene has never been more alive.
An exhaustive thousand year journey through many strange musical backwaters, Country Roads stars everyone from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard to Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Nothing is hidden. Nothing is quite as it seems. If you thought you knew country, think again.
Yes, Hillbilly Music. You may perhaps wonder why. You may even snicker. But trust us, soon your feet will start tappin' and before you know it, you'll be comin' back for more...Hillbilly Music.
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