10 thoughts on “The Nashville Sound

  1. Garrett Cash Garrett Cash says:

    What an astonishing work this is in the pantheon of country music literature On my initial read through country music related works I avoided this book since I found Hemphill s book on Hank Williams to be full of basic errors and generally a little too much about Hemphill than Williams than I wanted I m glad


  2. John Steinbeck John Steinbeck says:

    My book is a first printing which is much prettier than the one here Liked this writer a lot, but he wrote this 40 years ago.


  3. Tom Schulte Tom Schulte says:

    This bit of investigative journalism on Nashville reeling from the rise of rock with Music Row largely vacants and in decline touts itself on the cover name dropping luminaries covered here including George Jones, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, etc However, muchink is spent on and insight gathered from such key


  4. Rebecca Padgett Rebecca Padgett says:

    A great historical read The journalistic style made this read feel thorough and well researched It was immersive and investigative I realize this was written in the 70s so much of Nashville has changed, but as someone who lives in Nashville, much still remains the same I was a bit taken aback by some of the derogatory language t


  5. Michael Smith Michael Smith says:

    A brilliantly written look into what was making Nashville tick at the time of publication 1970 during a time when pop music was beginning to merge with country and Glen Campbell was the new king of country A truly fun and informative read.


  6. Julie Julie says:

    What a fascinating time capsule This book is a portrait of country music in its golden age before cable tv, before the Vietnam War protests got ugly, before Opryland The author, an actual Southerner, rides shotgun on lonely highways with performers, has a malt liquor at Tootsie s Orchid Lounge, and sits in the studio with beloved local DJs as


  7. Paul Bauer Paul Bauer says:

    What exactly is the Nashville sound In the 1960s that was not an easy question to answer It included traditional country but also countrypolitan the crooning of Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, strings , the pop country of Roger Miller and Glen Campbell and, increasingly, the music coming out of Bakersfield from Buck Owens and Merle Haggard And into this m


  8. Morris Morris says:

    This was an informative book about Nashville and Country Music Don t let informative scare you off, however, if you re a country music fan, it s a lively read with great anecdotes and stories about the stars and the people who created helped create a truly American genre of music You may not agree with the politics of many of the founders and current mover


  9. Jerry Oliver Jerry Oliver says:

    This was a phenomenal read especially considering the correlation between Nashville then 1970 and Nashville now 45 years later Todays ultra hip happening music city of the south Nashville is experiencing a new set of growing pains via urban renewal and the tearing down of landmarks and historical sites to make tiny condos for the droves of young upstarts moving t


  10. Kim Sasso Kim Sasso says:

    This was published long before I started paying attention to country music It was kinda fun reading about people like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton I only mentioned as Porter Wagner s sweet little singing partner before they were fully established as country royalty Glen Campbell was considered an upstart popstar crossover act Ha Most of the folks Hemphill talks to in th


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