The following resources have been reviewed and are available for check out from me.


Walk the Line (2005)
The story of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame.
IMDB rating: 7.9/10 (Won an Oscar)

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to rise to fame.
IMDB rating: 7.4/10 (Won an Oscar)

Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams, Sr.
IMDB rating: 6.6/10

Living Proof: Hank Williams Jr Story (1983)
Biopic based on the singer's life, under his mother's thumb, competing with the ghost of one of the most famous singers in C&W music history, Hank Williams, Sr.
IMDB rating: 5.1/10

Urban Cowboy (1980)
A young Texas farmer goes to Houston, Texas, to work in a refinery and learns about life by hanging out at Gilley's, a roadhouse bar (a modern version of the honky-tonk).
IMDB rating: 5.9/10

Nine to Five (1980)
Three female employees of a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" find a way to turn the tables on him.
IMDB rating: 6.3/10

Hee Haw (1969) TV series 1969-1993
Televised comedy/variety show with a distinctive country flavor.
IMDB rating: 6.7/10

Hillbilly: The Real Story (2008) (TV)
The history and culture of the legendary inhabitants (the "hillbillies") of Appalachia.
IMDB rating: 7.4/10


Band Manager Tycoon
Rock Star Tycoon


Patsy ClineCrazy; I Fall to Pieces; Walkin' After Midnight
Willie NelsonAlways On My Mind
Hank Williams Sr.:  I'm so Lonesome, I Could Cry; Your Cheatin Heart; Cold, Cold Heart
Dolly PartonI Will Always Love You
Conway TwittyHello Darlin'
George JonesHe Stopped Loving Her Today
Alan Jackson:  Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
Jeannie C. Riley:  Harper Valley P.T.A.
Reba McEntireFancy
Charlie Daniels BandDevil Went Down to Georgia
Loretta LynnCoal Miners Daughter
Martina McBrideIndependence Day
Tammy WynetteStand By Your Man
Kitty WellsIt Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Garth BrooksThe Dance; Friends in Low Places
Glen CampbellRhinestone Cowboy
John DenverThank God I'm a Country Boy
Kenny RogersThe Gambler, Lady
Johnny PaycheckTake this job and shove it
Waylon and WillieMamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
Billy Ray CyrusAchy Breaky Heart
Johnny CashRing of Fire; Folsom Prison Blues (Live at Folsom Prison)
Merle HaggardOkie From Muskogee
David Allan CoeYou Never Even Call Me By My Name
Faron YoungHello Walls
Charlie RichBehind Closed Doors
Toby KeithCourtesy of the Red, White, and Blue
The Dixie ChicksNot Ready to Make Nice
George Strait:  Twang


Primary Texts

Ellison, C.W. (1995). Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi

Koskoff, E. (Ed) (2005). Music cultures in the United States: an introduction. New York, NY: Routledge Snapshot 11.1: Country Music (pgs 341 - 248, by Chas Wolfe)

Tribe, I. M. (2006). Country: a regional exploration.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Tyler, D. (2008). Music of the postwar era. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Country and Western Music of the Postwar Years (pgs. 168 - 197)

Sub-genre Books

Dempsey, J. M. (2002). The Light Crust Doughboys are on the air: celebrating seventy years of Texas music. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press.

Jensen, J. (1998). The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization, and Country Music. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press

Laird, T. E. W. (2005). Louisiana hayride: radio and roots music along the red river. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Ledgin, S. P. (2004). Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers

Starr, L. & Waterman, C. (2007). American Popular Music. Oxford University Press

Wolfe, C. K. (2001). Classic country: legends of country music. New York, NY: Routledge

Stories, quotes and individual singers

Anderson, S. E. [compiled by] (2003). The quotable musician: from Bach to Tupac. New York, NY: Allworth Press

Barnet, R. D. Nemerov B. & Taylor, M. (2004). The story behind the song: 150 songs that chronicle the 20th century. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Burke, K. K. (2004). Country music changed my life: tales of tough times and triumph from country’s legends. Chicago, Illinois: A Cappella Books.

Dutton, M. (2006). True to the roots: Americana music revealed. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press

Santoro, G. (2004). Highway 61 revisited: the tangled roots of American jazz, blues, rock, and country music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Business Books

Knab, C. & Day, B. (2007). Music is your business. Seattle, WA: FourFront Media and Music

Talbot, M., Ed. (2002). The business of music. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press

Reynolds, A. (2008). The tour book: How to get your music on the road. Boston, MA: Course Technology

Reference Books

Carlin, R. (2006) American popular music: country. New York NY: Infobase Publishing.

A-to-Z entries

Grove, G. & Blom, E. (1980) Grove's dictionary of music and musicians (5th ed.). London : Macmillan Publishers

Russell, T, (2007). Country music originals: the legends and the lost. New York, NY: Oxford University Press