So, the only question is: why didn't someone write this book a long time ago??
You don't have to be a country music fan to enjoy these stories, but it doesn't hurt. Among the familiar names: Charlie Daniels ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia"); Tom T. Hall ("Harper Valley PTA" and "Song of the South"); and Kris Kristofferson ("Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make it Through the Night," "For The Good Times," "Sunday Morning Coming Down"). Plus a host of music makers whose work you've undoubtedly heard whether you're a novice or a veteran. But this isn't just a good ol' boys' club. Four contributors are women: Marshall Chapman (the first woman to front a rock band); Janis Ian (who wrote "At Seventeen" and has been part of the larger musical template for a long time; Tia Sillers (who co-wrote "I Hope You Dance" with Mark D. Sanders, another of this book's contributors), and Hazel Smith (who coined the phrase "outlaw music").