The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built

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The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is the first book entirely dedicated to one of the most influential music labels of the twentieth century. In addition to creating the largest bluegrass catalogue throughout the 1950s and '60s, Starday was also known for its legendary rockabilly catalog, an extensive Texas honky-tonk outpouring, classic gospel and sacred recordings, and as a Nashville independent powerhouse studio and label.

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Overview

The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is the first book entirely dedicated to one of the most influential music labels of the twentieth century. In addition to creating the largest bluegrass catalogue throughout the 1950s and '60s, Starday was also known for its legendary rockabilly catalog, an extensive Texas honky-tonk outpouring, classic gospel and sacred recordings, and as a Nashville independent powerhouse studio and label.

Written with label president and cofounder Don Pierce (1915-2005), this book traces the label's origins in 1953 through the 1968 Starday-King merger. Interviews with artists and their families, employees, and Pierce contribute to the stories behind famous hit songs, including "Y'all Come," "A Satisfied Mind," "Why Baby Why," "Giddy-up Go," "Alabam," and many others. Gibson's research and interviews also shed new light on the musical careers of George Jones, Arlie Duff, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, the Stanley Brothers, Cowboy Copas, Red Sovine, and countless other Starday artists. Conversations with the children of Pappy Daily and Jack Starns provide a unique perspective on the early days of Starday, and extensive interviews with Pierce offer an insider glance at the country music industry during its golden era.

Weathering through the storm of rock and roll and, later, the Nashville Sound, Starday was a home to traditional country musicians and became one of the most successful independent labels in American history. Ultimately, The Starday Story is the definitive record of a country music label that played an integral role in preserving our nation's musical heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617037405
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,242,724
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan D. Gibson is a Ph.D.candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and a performing musician. He splits his time between Bloomington, Indiana, and Helsinki, Finland, and records for the Goofin' Records and El Toro Records labels. Additional information on his research and music is available at www.nathandgibson.com.

Don Pierce (1915-2005) was the president and co-founder of the Starday music label.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction xi

1 You All Come 3

2 Rock It 24

3 Don't Stop the Music 49

4 Rank Stranger 79

5 Sunny Tennessee 107

6 Giddy-Up Go 129

7 A Satisfied Mind 152

Notes 171

Recommended Listening 173

Record Listing 177

Bibliography 249

Index 257

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