A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

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by Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger, Justin Stelter
     
 

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Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and polish tales down to sparkling three-minute gems. A blend of humor and poignancy, these tales range from Kris Kristofferson's charming tale of how an

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Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and polish tales down to sparkling three-minute gems. A blend of humor and poignancy, these tales range from Kris Kristofferson's charming tale of how an explicit natural rock formation causes chaos in a small farming town, to the domestic drama of a Kentucky family with six daughters, to Charlie Daniels' character-driven fable of money and unhappiness, to Gary Nicholson's riveting tale of an albino African American singer/songwriter who inspired him to be a musician.

A celebration of music and storytelling, other contributors include Hal Ketchum, Janis Ian, Mark D. Sanders, Tom T. Hall, Marshall Chapman, and Robert Hicks, among many other notable Nashville luminaries.

Editorial Reviews

B. B. King
"Country songs have always told the best stories and no one--really, no one--has ever done it better than Nashville."
Barton Herbison - Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l
"A GUITAR AND A PEN is a wonderful vehicle to show that songwriters possess a creative dimension that extends way beyond their musical creations...fascinating and refreshing!"
Bill Anderson - legendary songwriter
"A GUITAR AND A PEN is long overdue. But I feel like I do when I hear a great song: I sure wish it had been my idea!"
From the Publisher
"Country songs have always told the best stories and no one—really, no one—has ever done it better than Nashville."—B. B. King"

A GUITAR AND A PEN is a wonderful vehicle to show that songwriters possess a creative dimension that extends way beyond their musical creations...fascinating and refreshing!"—Barton Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l"

A GUITAR AND A PEN is long overdue. But I feel like I do when I hear a great song: I sure wish it had been my idea!"—Bill Anderson, legendary songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame member

Barton Herbison
A GUITAR AND A PEN is a wonderful vehicle to show that songwriters possess a creative dimension that extends way beyond their musical creations...fascinating and refreshing!
Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l
Bill Anderson
A GUITAR AND A PEN is long overdue. But I feel like I do when I hear a great song: I sure wish it had been my idea!
legendary songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame member

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599950648
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,315,296
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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B. B. King
Country songs have always told the best stories and no one—really, no one—has ever done it better than Nashville.

Meet the Author

Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger, and Justin Stelter all live in the greater Nashville area in Tennessee.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Franklin, Tennessee
Date of Birth:
January 30, 1951
Place of Birth:
West Palm Beach, Forida
Website:
http://www.robert-hicks.com

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Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com 4/08 Songwriters have a story to tell. Usually they share it through their lyrics. In a short time, they must convey the complete story. A Guitar and A Pen offered those same writers the opportunity to share a story in a slightly different media. The stories run the gamete from sad to funny. ¿Cybersong¿ by Bobby Braddock left me laughing. Kris Kristofferson has long been a favorite of mine he offers a story about a rock that looks like a naked woman and the commotion it causes. My favorite story was ¿The Clock Struck Nine¿ by Hal Ketchum. Readers will recognize many of the authors in A Guitar and A Pen. They will enjoy all the stories. A Guitar and A Pen is a delightful read.