When Jim Bulleit met C. V. Hitchcock, he was immediately hooked on the notion of making records, but it was some weeks before he figured out how to go about it: "It had never been done in Nashville. Bullet Records were the first to record the music here in town, to manufacture it with 'Nashville' on the label, to promote it, distribute it, really sell it as a Nashville product."
A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville 1945-1955
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by Vanderbilt University Press,
Book Plus CD. Martin Hawkins, co-author of the landmark Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of RockandRoll, describes the formation and the activities of local, independent recording companies in Nashville in the decade following World War II--the heyday of regional companies, before rockandroll and the eventual internationalization of the music business. These labels and their owners evolved from the local jukebox and amusements business and often featured truly local performers. They sometimes aspired to national status--and occasionally they achieved it. The book also describes the infrastructure they worked within and the personal stories of the main label owners and their performers. Finally, it examines the part the labels played in the emergence of Nashville as "Music City USA." The accompanying 20-song CD is the soundtrack to this fascinating story.
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