The list of country music stars who hail from Kentucky is a long
and glittering one. Red Foley, Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall,
the Judds, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, John Michael Montgomery,
and Keith Whitley—all these and many others have called Kentucky home.
Kentucky Country is the story of these stars and dozens more. It is also
the story of many Kentucky musicians whose contributions have been little
known or appreciated, and of those collectors, promoters, and
entrepreneurs who have worked behind the scenes to bring Kentucky
music to national attention.
Now available in paper with a new afterword, Kentucky Country is
a lively tour of the state's indigenous music, from the days
of string bands through hillbilly, western swing, gospel, bluegrass,
and honkey-tonk, Nashville Sound era to contemporary times.
Through personal interviews with many of the living legends of
Kentucky music, Charles K. Wolfe illuminates a fascinating and
important area of American culture.
- Charles K. Wolfe is professor of English
at Middle Tennessee State University and author or editor of many,
many books on music history, including "Country Music Annual 2001".