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Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout: A Hillbilly Poet's Journey From Appalachia to Yale to Writing Hits for Elvis, Johnny Cash & More

Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout: A Hillbilly Poet's Journey From Appalachia to Yale to Writing Hits for Elvis, Johnny Cash & More


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Award winning songwriter, musician, author, playwright, poet, visual artist, and Appalachian Renaissance man Billy Edd Wheeler is best known for penning "Jackson," which was popularized by Johnny Cash and June Carter with their Grammy-winning recording from 1967. In addition to his own albums and singles as a highly regarded singer/songwriter (including the Top 5 hit, "Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back"), Billy Edd has penned numerous songs for artists such as Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, The Kingston Trio, Neil Young, and Kenny Rogers. Wheeler's memoir is populated by a fascinating cast of characters which he encountered on his journey. Songwriting changed his life, bringing him a long lasting career that saw the birth of classic tunes such as "The Reverend Mr. Black," "High Flyin' Bird," "The Coming of the Roads," "It's Midnight," "Coal Tattoo," and others. Peppered with the folksy wisdom of his beloved Appalachia, Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout is like pulling a chair up next to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer by a warm fire; you won't want to leave.

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ISBN-13: 9781947026025
Publisher: BMG Books
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 772,806
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Billy Edd Wheeler is an award-winning songwriter, musician, author, playwright, and poet. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer, and author, Janis Ian has created songs used by artists as diverse as Bette Midler, John Mellencamp, and Celine Dion. Doug Orr is President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Wayfaring Strangers and founded The Swannanoa Gathering, a annual series of folk music workshops conducted at Barea College. 

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction xiii

Prologue xvii

Chapter 1 Coal Tattoo 1

Chapter 2 I Ain't Going Home Soon 9

Chapter 3 Paper Boy Blues 19

Chapter 4 Asheville 37

Chapter 5 Winter Sky 43

Chapter 6 Love to My Love 59

Chapter 7 Farewell Brother 75

Chapter 8 Step Lightly On the Earth 87

Chapter 9 Sassafras 97

Chapter 10 Rock Boll Weevil 113

Chapter 11 The Chain Gang of Love 125

Chapter 12 The Reverend Mr. Black 133

Chapter 13 Jackson 153

Chapter 14 Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back 175

Chapter 15 In Your Spanish Eyes 187

Chapter 16 Having A Baby 203

Chapter 17 Love 219

Epilogue 237

Special Thanks 241

Discography 245

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