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The Storyteller's Nashville: A Gritty & Glorious Life in Country Music Paperback – October 1, 2016
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"Tom T. Hall's work has had a huge influence on me. He's a master of deceptive simplicity, and a true scholar and purveyor of how songs should be written: with honesty, wit, and compassion. The American songbook would be greatly lacking without his contributions." -- Jason Isbell
"Just read The Storyteller’s Nashville by Tom T. Hall. Everything you need to know is in there." -- Johnny Cash
“By far the all-time greatest songwriter/storyteller that country music has ever had.” -- George Jones
About the Author
Peter Cooper is one of the nation’s most respected country music journalists. As a reporter for the Tennessean since 2000, he has written about music and musicians, profiling notables from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, and winning numerous awards along the way. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Oxford American, Mix and American Songwriter magazines, and in liner notes for albums from Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Ronnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman. He wrote the inscription on George Jones’ tombstone. Cooper is also a Grammy-nominated producer and a singer-songwriter. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. A senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Cooper teaches a course on the History of Country Music, educating Vanderbilt scholars about the music’s treasured artists and instruments and its place in American culture.
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Mixing tales with amusing anecdotes, Hall provides a unique insight into Nashville, songwriting and the industry commencing with the struggles, and comradery, while waiting for that elusive breakthrough. Then came success, first as a songwriter creating the multi-million selling “Harper Valley PTA”, quickly followed as a recording artist with true to life tales like “A Week In A Country Jail” and “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine”.
Looking over his 50 (plus) years career – which included election into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 - he provides astute and relevant observations of the country music industry and is never one to hold back his opinions, however controversial. A fascinating read of a hold-to-put down book.