Synopses & Reviews
This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.
Discography: p. 341-352. Bibliography: p. 353-359.
Table of Contents
pt. 1. Honky tonk heroes. Ernest Tubb -- Hank Snow -- Deford Bailey -- Rufus Thomas -- Bobby Bland -- pt. 2. Hillbilly boogie. Scotty Moore -- Charlie Feathers -- Elvis Presley -- Snapshots of Charlie Rich -- Sleepy LaBeef -- Mickey Gilley -- Jack Clement -- pt. 3. Honky tonk masquerade. Waylon Jennings -- Hank Williams, Jr. -- Merle Haggard -- James Talley -- Stoney Edwards -- pt. 4. Blues roll on. The Howlin' Wolf -- Otis Spann -- Big Joe Turner -- Juke joint blues -- Sam Phillips talking.