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Veteran Nashville journalist Robert K. Oermann went to great lengths to shine the spotlight on country legends -- past and present in -- Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain (Hachette Book Group). The profiles include detailed stories about pioneers such as Patsy Cline and Minnie Pearl, living icons including George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and contemporary stars such as Martina McBride and Trace Adkins.I find several of the titles interesting but I'll be focusing on the Marty Stuart book and 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. I have a collection of almost 25,000 recorded songs, covering the years 1910-1990 primarily (starting with wax cylinders), so it will be interesting to see how many of the 1000 recordings I have in the collection. Of course, over 20,000 of my recordings are country songs, so I doubt that I've made much of a dent in the book's list.
Randy Owen, Alabama's lead singer, takes fans inside the workings of the supergroup with his Born Country: Born Country -- How Faith, Family and Music Brought Me Home (Harperone). Fans of historic country music radio shows can travel memory lane with Chad Berry's The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance (University of Illinois Press).
Also in the country chute: Waiting for a Train: Jimmie Rodgers's America, edited by Mary E. Davis and Warren Zanes (Rounder Books); Adam Victor's The Elvis Encyclopedia (Overlook Press); and Sybil Rosen's Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley, a study of and tribute to the Texas singer and songwriter who wrote Merle Haggard's "If I Could Only Fly" (University of North Texas Press). Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (Workman) includes a section of country picks.