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The swelling interest in popular music studies has far outpaced the outlets for publication. With the Country Music Annual, scholars, students, and interested readers have a place for sharing their research and ideas.

The subjects of this second volume range from one of the very first musicians to make country records, Henry Gilliland, to the current avant-garde work of the alternative country band Uncle Tupolo. Ernest Tubb’s musical roots, the origins of one of Roy Acuff’s classic gospel songs, and the Carter Family’s rhythms are discussed in these pages. Even NASCAR makes an appearance.

Advisory Board: Bill C. Malone, Nolan Porterfield, Jimmie Rogers, Curtis Ellison, William K. McNeil, Wayne W. Daniel, Joli Jensen.

Charles K. Wolfe, professor of English and folklore at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of numerous books, including A Good Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry.

James E. Akenson, professor of curriculum and instruction at Tennessee Technological University, is the founder of the International Country Music Conference.

"Provides a thoughtful and provocative discussion of country music."—American Reference Book Annual

"Wolfe and Akenson have provided another strong case for the infinite number of studies possible in this important genre of American music while presenting some of the talented researchers writing on country music today."—Arkansas Review

"Editors Akenson and Wolfe have scored a major hit by compiling such a diverse and enlightening group of essays. Reading this volume will be time well spent for anyone interested in this uniquely American art form."—Lexington Herald-Leader

"Although this compilation is designed for scholars of country music, the ten articles that comprise it contain enough anecdotes and odd facts to make the book appealing to all serious fans of the genre. . . . Uniformly thought-provoking, too."—Foreword

"The first and only country music publication of its kind."—Kentucky Living

"Reexamines what country music is and how it should be studies. . . . Provides cultural scholars and fans alike with thoughtful discussions about the musical genre that has taken its place as a fixture in American popular culture."—McCormick (SC) Messenger

"Delivers insight about the huge body of music falling under the term ‘country music’ and how the genre affects diverse aspects of the world."—Southern Living

"Those seeking a more rigorous scholarship will find the year’s Country Music Annual 2001 a useful challenge."—No Depression

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






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Country Music Annual 2001
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