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Growing up Country: What Makes Country Life Countryby Charlie Daniels
Synopses & Reviews
From Growing Up Country:
“I learned early in life that country is not a place on a map. Country is a place in your heart. In your soul. In the very depth of your being.” —Bill Anderson
“One of the things I like most about country life is that nothing much has really changed . . . My grandchildren and I are still walking and hunting in the same woods and fishing in the same creeks as I did with my father.” —President Jimmy Carter
“Food was at the heart of our home. And, other than those troublesome vegetables, I loved all of it. We fried everything—we’d have even fried water if we could’ve.” —Keith Anderson
“I can’t imagine what my life would have been without peaceful days, mountain streams, homegrown and home-cooked food, country church, and all-day singing with dinner on the grounds with family and friends.” —Dolly Parton
“Growing up country—there’s nothing like it. It’s growing up with your grandmother and granddaddy around . . . it’s a lot of love when you need it, great cooking in the kitchen, and always being real.” —Eddie Montgomery
Blackberry pie on the window ledge. The Grand Ole Opry on the radio. Sunday dinners on the table. Families swinging on the front porch after a hard day’s work. It’s all part of the country way of life.
Here, legendary country music singer Charlie Daniels introduces and edits a collection of heartfelt essays from an all-star cast of contributors on what it means to grow up country.
United by a love of music, these notables show us that country means more than just the twang of a guitar. They share a belief in hard work, integrity, strength of character, and having the courage not to quit. The stories here tell of rustic upbringings and rich spirits, of parents who believed in tough love and old-fashioned common sense, and of a strong sense of community, pride in your country, and a love of the natural world.
You’ll get an intimate glimpse into the lives of:
Country music royalty and all-time greats: such as Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, Dobie Gray, and Lee Greenwood
Southern rock gods: such as Gary Rossington and Donnie Van Zant
The newest crop of stars: such as Sara Evans, Toby Keith, and Clint Black
Special guests: such as former president Jimmy Carter, and seven-time all around rodeo champion Ty Murray
These snapshots show how living country has allowed our favorite singers, songwriters, and stage performers to make a career out of doing what they love while never forgetting that when you’ve grown up country, home isn’t just a place where you live, it’s a state of the heart.
"Country star Daniels assembles a slight collection of essays from 59 self-described 'country folk'-from Dolly Parton to Jimmy Carter-on the appeal and influence of rural life. Organized into sections such as 'Faith,' 'Home' and 'Stars and Stripes,' the essays share a saccharine perspective on the past ('when hugging was in style,' reports Daniels) and a contradictory urge to keep their recollections of it short: many entries are no more than a page, and some clock in shorter than the author bio they follow. Indeed, with the exception of Joe Ely's-about 'finding the true sound of my music and my Texas roots' in Europe, of all places-these repetitive, often one-note essays are not so much about music or growing up as they are about reinforcing an American rural mythology (Barbara Mandrell sums up nicely: 'We were raised to realize that God, family, and America are the most important things in life'); for those already invested in their vision, these essays should prove sporadically rewarding." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In a collection of essays, reminscences, and reflections, popular country music and southern rock legends share their thoughts on how country music has shaped and influenced their lives, in contributions by Dolly Parton, Darrell Waltrip, Clint Black, Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, Toby Keith, Aaron Tippin, Martina McBride, Lee Greenwood, and others. 75,000 first printing.
CHARLIE DANIELS is a long-haired country boy and Grammy Award-winning front man of the Charlie Daniels Band, whose chart-topping hits include The Devil Went Down to Georgia and The South's Gonna Do It (Again). When
About the Author
CHARLIE DANIELS is a long-haired country boy and Grammy Award–winning front man of the Charlie Daniels Band, whose chart-topping hits include “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again).” When not on the road, Charlie can be found at his home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Starting out. Jared Ashley ; Ray Benson ; Ross Coleman ; Joe Ely ; Neal McCoy ; Eddie Montgomery ; Darrell Waltrip — Family. Carl Acuff, Jr ; Senator Lamar Alexander ; Keith Anderson ; Tracy Byrd ; Brenda Lee ; Barbara Mandrell ; Faith ; Jason Allen ; David Ball ; Brian Prout ; Kimberly Roads ; Dana Williams ; Hard work. John Conlee ; Karen Fairchild ; Jim Glaser ; Janie Fricke ; Andy Griggs ; Buddy Jewell ; Zona Jones ; Shannon Lawson ; Ty Murray — Stars and stripes. Lee Greenwood ; Toby Keith ; Buck Taylor ; Aaron Tippin ; Scott Whitehead — The great outdoors. Clint Black ; Kix Brooks ; Helen Cornelius ; Brad Cotter ; Joni Harms ; Justin McBride ; Craig Morgan ; Josh Turner ; Carrie Underwood ; Music. Bill Anderson ; Troy Gentry ; Bill Kirchen ; Stoney Larue ; Sherwin Linton ; Gary Rossington ; Donnie Van Zant — Home. Rhett Akins ; Deborah Allen ; Johnny Bush ; President Jimmy Carter ; Ralph Emery ; Sara Evans ; Dobie Gray ; Ron Kingery ; Dickey Lee ; Dwayne O'Brien ; Dolly Parton.
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