"Stone’s book is a bit like that revelatory moment when you hear a new kind of sound and it seems to ignite the air around you. He has done something special, not only for the artists whose lives and history he has chronicled, but for those of us previously unaware of this important tradition of African American music."Popmatters
"Easy-to-read yet scholarly examination of this arrestingly unique sacred music tradition."Sing Out!
"Breaks much new ground and underscores the critical role that fieldwork plays in documenting our vernacular music traditions in the twenty-first century."Journal of American Folklore
"A pioneering work on the emergence, development, and current status of a vital but long overlooked tradition. Students of African American music, folklore, and ethnomusicology will find Sacred Steel both enlightening and engaging."Scott Barretta, music historian and former editor of Living Blues magazine
"This book honors the legacy of the men who paved my musical path. All of us in the Sacred Steel brotherhood owe Bob a debt of gratitude for documenting our musical tradition."Robert Randolph
"Robert L. Stone knows sacred steel music in a most profound way. He has amassed an incredible archive of photos, interviews, and recordings related to this remarkable musical culture. This book will appeal to those interested in not just sacred steel but the history of the steel guitar, gospel, blues, and American roots music in general."Craig Morrison, ethnomusicologist and author of Go Cat Go! Rockabilly Music and Its Makers