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"The 304-page hardback selectively chronicles country-musics evolution from 1922 through 2005…. [P]rofessor Tribes contribution to Greenwoods Guides to American Roots Music is a ready reference for readers wishing to explore much of what he touches on in greater detail."
The Roughstock Network
"As part of the series Greenwood Guides to American Roots Music, this volume aspires to examine music from a particular region of the US. Here Tribe focuses on country music, beginning with an overview of styles, then discusses hillbilly music of the Southeast, cowboy music of the West, regional styles of western swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly, and bluegrass, and Nashville and country music there since 1958. Biographical sketches of many musicians are provided at the end of the book."
Reference & Research Book News
"Because fanzine material on country music is far more plentiful than scholarly writing, this release in the Greenwood Guides to American Roots Music series is particularly welcome. Country music's escalating popularity in recent decades coincides with many university music departments' inclusion of popular and traditional music in their curricula. Tribe does not present original research but instead draws on existing studies and on his lifelong love of country music to craft a detailed history of the genre. Discussing how country music and its many subgenres evolved in particular regions of the US, the author takes the reader from early southeastern fiddle music through Texas western swing, California and Texas honky-tonk, southern bluegrass, Memphis rockabilly, and finally the Nashville sound. A brief opening chronology of major milestones in country music and a lengthy closing section of biographical sketches of country musicians and musical groups enhance the narrative. Each chapter is carefully footnoted, and the selected bibliography, though short, is well chosen. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers."
"Any music library and any library dealing with American cultural studies will be advised to get this authoritative and atrractively produced series."
"…a useful historical account of country music, placing a number of familiar stories alongside some not so well known ones….The facts provided are very useful and make for a handy resource for researchers in the area…"
The Journal of Popular Music