In a series of indelible portraits of country music stars, Dawidoff reveals, among others, Jimmie Rodgers, the “father of Country”; Johnny Cash, the “Man in Black”; and Patsy Cline, a lonely figure striding out bravely in a man’s world. In the Country of Country is a passionate and expansive account of a quintessentially American art form and the performers that made country music what it is today.
Both deeply personal and endlessly evocative, In the Country of Country pays tribute to the music that sprang from places like Maces Springs, Virginia, home of the Carter Family, and Bakersfield, California, where Buck Owens held sway. Bestselling author Nicholas Dawidoff takes readers to the back roads and country hollows that were home to Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, and many more.
About the Author
Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of three previous books. "The Fly Swatter "was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and "In the Country of Country" was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by "Conde Nast Traveler." He is also the editor of the Library of America's "Baseball: A Literary Anthology." A Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, he is currently the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University.
“There is no book that better conveys the spirit and passion that informs country music.” –The Boston Globe
“A fine portrait of country musicians and the places that spawned them.” –The New Yorker
“Dawidoff’s passion for his subject shines on every page . . . . [His] search for personal messages in the lives of country music has a resonance and grace that is likely to find readers for a long while to come.” —The Chicago Tribune