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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939529905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939529909
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I cannot think of another single person with as much talent and imagination as [Gerry] possesses. When we get the chance to go out and have dinner together, I can verify that his table manners are impeccable."
—Barbara Mandrell

"There was never a time Gerry House wasn't in my house or in my car when he was on the radio and I was in Nashville. I'd listen just so I could steal his stuff. Seriously, he is such a funny, talented, and good human being. I can't wait to read this book and I bet you can't either."
—Dolly Parton

"There's nothing more uncomfortable than being around someone that tries to be funny and isn't. Gerry House IS f****** funny!"
—Ronnie Dunn

"Being in the music business for 38 years means I've met a lot of different people and made a lot of friends. One of my best friends is Gerry House. When he told me he was writing a book, after I wiped off the sweat, because I don't know what he'll say about me, I was so excited to one day buy a copy and read it. Gerry tells a great story. This book is gonna be great!"
—Reba McEntire

"I've known Gerry for almost 20 years. In that time he has made me laugh out loud 15,602 times, give or take a few. He's a great man and a great friend. And he better write nice things about me in his book."
—Martina McBride

"Only once in my thirty years in Nashville have we been blessed with what I would consider 'true talent' on the airwaves. I, like most everyone in town would look forward to waking up and tuning in to the humor, quick wit, and reflective wisdom of Gerry House... He bailed on us and left a void on the radio that may never be filled."
—Kix Brooks

"Gerry is the funniest, most knowledgeable, creative, and interesting person I know. From the day we met he has made me think, laugh, and stare in amazement at the way he can make the simplest things in life interesting and compelling. He became an icon to an industry that often forgets fast about the great people that built Country music and radio."
—Clay Hunnicutt, Executive VP of Programming, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

"Gerry House is a beloved, hilarious Nashville icon. Friend to the superstars, Gerry is a keen observer and sardonic story-teller, a distinctive deadpan voice on the radio, gifted with a terrific ear for the absurd. When a country star fires off a perfectly-twisted joke or clever pun on a TV Awards show, I often think, 'Damn, I know Gerry House ghost-wrote that line!'"
—Brian Philips, President, Country Music Television

"Gerry is simply the very best at what he does. The radio sounds lonely without him on it."
—Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts

"Gerry House, Radio Personality, a Songwriter of note in the Nashville recording community. So now my friend Gerry writes a book..... (insert cricket sounds here)... No doubt the closest thing to a death blow the literary world will have suffered to date...but probably funnier than hell."
—Michael McDonald

About the Author

Gerry House worked in the music industry's famed Music Row district in Nashville for 30 years, the last 22 of which found him behind the microphone every weekday morning hosting "Gerry House & The House Foundation," the top-rated morning radio show on WSIX-FM, for more than 20 years and broadcast nationally via Sirius/XM. Gerry is, first and foremost, a writer. He wrote his own daily radio material and also stand-up jokes and TV scripts for other shows for years, including the ACM Awards, the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, and American Idol. He's also written more than 50 songs recorded by artists including Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Trace Adkins and many others. His hits such as "Little Rock," "On The Side of Angels," "The Big One" and "The River and the Highway" have sold millions of records.

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Customer Reviews

Some funny stories in this book!
Travis Franklin
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the radio or country music industries.
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This book has made me laugh out loud more than anything I have ever read.
Mary W. Word

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bobby James on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Even if you're not a country music fan (like myself), this book is a candid example that some of the world's biggest music stars are also some of the most humble and hilarious individuals around. Only in Nashville, I suppose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I agree with ThinkingReader's review. The "Glossary of Terms" chapter is worth the price of this book, alone! You learn hilarious, witty and absurd definitions straight from Gerry and get a glimpse into his childhood and how that affected his professional life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor S Comer on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Quick read, instantly pulls you in. It sings praises for some of country's biggest stars and lets you in on candid stories. Gerry House delivers in print as much as he does on the radio.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kranzusch on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book the first day it came out and was happily surprised to read stories never before aired on his show, and have the little quizzes and glossary terms make it one you never want to put down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thinking Reader on February 17, 2014
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The "Glossary of Terms" chapter is worth the price of this book, alone! Two examples: (1) "PRESS RELEASE: Lies sent to newspapers, radio and TV. Also, how you open the bathroom door on a tour bus." (2) BANJO PLAYER: Person who has never said the phrase, "Wanna go for a ride in my Porsche?"

Some of my favorite stories in the book include: Glued naked to the bathroom floor. A dope-smokin' chimp. Brad Paisley is a cat. Waylon and "The Autoblow". Vince Gill misses a putt and "It's Helicopter Time!" "I also want to announce here in public that I once kissed Keith Urban."

As funny as Gerry was on the air all those years we listened to him, this book is just as funny. It's also a candid look at some of the stars of country music in ways that most fans never get to see. This is a book you'll enjoy reading - I know I did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ABH on March 12, 2014
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I loved it. Every minute of it. But wait, I should be honest and tell you that I've been a Gerry House fan since, I don't know, forever. Also, I grew up in small town Middle Tennessee AND I work in Nashville in the music industry. So, yeah, I might be slightly biased.

This book is comfortable. And by comfortable, I guess I really mean familiar. I understand completely when he talks about growing up "in the sticks" and the small town way of life. I also understand references to places and events like Maude's and the BMI Awards and the people in the stories. If you are a fan of country music, especially the country music of the 80s and 90s, or if you work in the Nashville music industry, I think you'll like this book. If you are a Gerry House fan, you'll love this book because he's been gone from our daily lives for so long and these stories are typical Gerry House. It's funny!

The book made me miss Waylon, Minnie Pearl, and Marty Robbins especially. I will never understand that Taylor Swift story but, then again, I have no one in Taylor's camp to tell me the other side. I've only heard one side and it's presented here exactly the way I heard it. I loved (LOVED!) the Narvel Blackstock story. People in the industry should take notes after reading that one! Oh, and Marty Robbins singing a Gene Autry song (on-air live) after Gerry House said he looked like Gene Autry's limo driver? Classic! How many country stars could (or would) do that these days? No, Ranger Doug does not count. I also enjoyed hearing his travel stories. The bits about China were especially interesting to me.

So, there you go. I don't think that's a good review but this book seems difficult to review. I loved it. I thought it was funny. Will you love it? Will you think it's funny? I have no idea but I think you should give it a shot.

P.S. I guess I should mention that while I've met Gerry House, he doesn't know me from Adam (or Eve).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By That Guy on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Reading this is just like tuning into one of Gerry's shows, but goes deeper than the on air jokes and discussions you usually get. You can tell how appreciative he is of his work and the people who make it special everyday. Makes me want to move to Nashville and be one of the old pickin' n grinnin' people on the streets of Music Row.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dugga on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
From the ridiculous stories of the lessons learned when he was young like getting his you-know-what smashed by the toilet when he was young to why love and country music go hand in hand. It's a real account of one man's life and work in the art of music.
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