Playin' around; The Lives and Careers of Famous Session Musicians

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For those people who have always wondered about the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of the music industry and about those who make the music and how the music is actually made, Jennifer Ember Pierce fills out a fascinating picture in Playin' Around: The Lives and Careers of the Greatest Session Musicians. Pierce draws upon the personal history of twelve of Nashville's greatest session musicians to give a unique perspective on the country music industry and the stars that it has made. Accounts are drawn from some of ...

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Overview

For those people who have always wondered about the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of the music industry and about those who make the music and how the music is actually made, Jennifer Ember Pierce fills out a fascinating picture in Playin' Around: The Lives and Careers of the Greatest Session Musicians. Pierce draws upon the personal history of twelve of Nashville's greatest session musicians to give a unique perspective on the country music industry and the stars that it has made. Accounts are drawn from some of the best known session musicians: Harold Bradley, Reggie Young, Bobby Wood, Buddy Harman and more, musicians who have worked with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Presley. Playin' Around includes photographs, biographical sketches and credits. Within these musicians' stories are the hidden roots and real details of "making it" in the country music industry. Also contains a helpful index of music associations, organizations, and industry companies.

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Editorial Reviews

Country Focus
...a unique perspective...real details are revealed about how to make it in the country music industry. A helpful index of music associations, organizations and industry companies are included...
Dirty Linen
Pierce has performed an invaluable service in interviewing and collecting this information...a fascinating and fun account of the creation of a music.
Music Row
An interesting collection of "in their own words" stories from a dozen of the city's finest...
Rapport
Certainly for those seeking a musical career, the book is invaluable, although each musician became successful in different ways.
Country Focus
...a unique perspective...real details are revealed about how to make it in the country music industry. A helpful index of music associations, organizations and industry companies are included....
Dirty Linen
Pierce has performed an invaluable service in interviewing and collecting this information...a fascinating and fun account of the creation of a music..
Booknews
Profiles 12 Nashville sidemen (yes, all men) to offer a view of the music industry from the nearly anonymous perspective of the recording studio. Draws on first-hand knowledge, meetings, interviews, and documents from the musicians to discuss Harold Ray Bradley, Reggie Young, Charlie McCoy, Jelly Roll Johnson, Eddie Bayers, Buddy Harman, and others. Includes a glossary of musicians' terms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834347
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: American Folk Music and Musicians Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ember Pierce graduated from Texas A and I University in 1975. She has written songs with Garth Brooks and has had her songs recorded by Johnny Cash and Janie Frickie. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Explanatory Note
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Harold Ray Bradley 1
2 Reggie Young 57
3 Jerry Kennedy 81
4 Dave Pomeroy 103
5 Charlie McCoy 127
6 Bobby R. Wood 143
7 David Briggs 165
8 Sonny Garrish 191
9 Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson 211
10 Eddie Bayers, Jr. 233
11 Buddy Harman 253
12 Joey Miskulin 279
Epilogue 301
Glossary 303
Bibliography 307
List of Addresses 309
Index 313
About the Author 327
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