“An engaging account of how country music really gets made, full of insider details and revealing stories. All the insights of an academic analysis of country music production, but a LOT more fun to read.”
Joli Jensen, author of The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization, and Country Music
“The making of ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ was the perfect storm of record making. Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman gave me the perfect song, George Jones was the perfect singer, and we had the perfect musicians and the perfect studio. All I had to do was show up and then listen and wait about a year to release the perfect record.”
Billy Sherrill, country music producer, songwriter, and record label executive; a 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
“Jack Isenhour has crafted a fascinating account of the writing, recording, reception, and durability of a single solitary song. The fact that I am a part of the story makes me an especially hard critic, and I am greatly impressed by Isenhour’s dedication to the facts and his abilities as a great storyteller. Anyone interested in country music history or an inside look at the music business will love this book.”
Bobby Braddock, songwriter and author of the memoir Down in Orburndale; a 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.