This book tells the tales of the big and not-so-big names of country music.
Tony Russel takes the reader on a journey, exploring the artists that put country music on the map. Country Music Originals of course includes names such as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, and Charlie Poole, but it also delves into dozens of lesser known artists of country music, making this read one that is unique and inclusive.
“Country Music Originals combines Tony Russell’s encyclopedic knowledge of country music with a lively and matchless prose style…It’s a stunning achievement, perhaps the best book yet written on the subject.” –Nolan Portersfield, author of “Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America’s Blue Yodeler”
Winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2008 Award for Best Research in Recorded Country Music!