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The Ten Essential Books About Country Music

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I first experienced many of these titles while doing research for my own, music-based novel, Twisted Roads.

Along the way, I discovered the stories behind the country entertainers we love are just as compelling as their music.


Each book on this list brings those fascinating tales alive in their own unique way.

These 10 books are essential reading for any dedicated country music fan.
10. A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry, Charles K. WolfeThis book tells the story of the humble beginnings of country music's most enduring and iconic venue - the Grand Ole Opry. Wolfe entertains while he educates, revealing to us an Opry that didn't just happen by accident, but rather by intelligent planning and diligent work.








9. Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock, Bob Kealing Bob Kealing's Calling Me Home is a masterfully told account of Gram Parson's life. Parson's career was cut short by an untimely death, but the man left a lega…