Under the Influence of Classic Country

Profiles of 36 Performers of the 1940s to Today


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About the Book

The music today known as “classic country” originated in the South in the 1920s. Influenced by blues and folk music, instrumentation was typically guitar, fiddle, bass, steel guitar, and later drums, with lyrics and arrangements rooted in tradition.
This book covers some of the genre’s legendary artists, from its heyday in the 1940s to its decline in the early 1970s. Revivalists keeping the traditions alive in the 21st century are also explored.
Drawing on original interviews with artists and their associates, biographical profiles chronicle their lives on the road and in the studio, as well as the stories behind popular songs.
Thirty-six performers are profiled, including Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson, Faron Young, Mickey Gilley, Freddie Hart, Jerry Reed, Charley Pride, David Frizzell, The Cactus Blossoms, The Secret Sisters, and Pokey LaFarge.

About the Author(s)

Journalist Sheree Homer ran her own music magazine, Rockabilly Revue, for two years. Since 2006, she has contributed articles to various publications, including Blue Suede News. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Sheree Homer
Foreword by Eddie Clendening

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: 36 photos, discography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6751-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3707-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Foreword by Eddie Clendening  1
Preface  3
One. Country and Rockabilly Groundbreakers  5
Faron Young  5
Ernest Tubb  10
Ray Price  16
Bill Carter  20
Al Hendrix  24
Lefty Frizzell  28
Billy Harlan  30
Two. Storytelling Songwriters  36
Bill Anderson  36
Jeannie Seely  40
Jerry Reed  45
Bobby Bare  49
Loretta Lynn  53
Three. Countrypolitan Hit Makers  66
Kenny Rogers  66
Charley Pride  73
Janie Fricke  78
Joe Stampley  81
Four. Seventies Stars  87
Waylon Jennings  87
Freddie Hart  91
David Frizzell  94
Mickey Gilley  98
Five. Harmonious Duos and Groups  104
The Cactus Blossoms  104
The Oak Ridge Boys  109
The Secret Sisters  115
Six. Country Revivalists  120
BR5-49  120
Scotty Baker  125
Sarah Gayle Meech  130
Teri Joyce  133
The Lucky Stars  138
The Ragtime Wranglers  141
The Derailers  143
Pokey LaFarge  148
Seven. Rockabilly Sensations  152
Carmen Lee  152
Lance Lipinsky  158
Marcel Riesco  164
Randy Rich  167
Jonathan Lyons  170
Select Discography  177
Chapter Notes  238
Bibliography  243
Index  247

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “I recommend her great book…a great trip into the Country music world and its underworld called Rockabilly…a complete guide into knowing what happened, who played, and what was recorded from the ‘40s to today with a comprehensive selection of fine artists.”—Big Beat of 50’s Music
  • “Homer scores once again with a massive study of country music’s evolution…With her uncanny attention to historical detail, and understanding of the music’s full development, Ms. Homer offers us keen insights into the important work of such landmark artists as Tubb, Lynn, and pride, as well as those who have been proudly influenced by those artists and have built upon the music…Homer’s historical knowledge and enlightened perspective is the substance to her genuine love and appreciation of the music. It is this enthusiasm that permeates her study, making it as entertaining as it is enlightening…an absolute must…highly recommended…You won’t be disappointed”—jlneibaur-writer
  • “A great read…enjoyable…. Fans of classic country, along with learning about some newer acts, will enjoy this title”—Lance Writes: Reviews by Lance Lumley
  • “Excellent…. A heartwarming book about real Country music”—Americana UK