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9781940363172 Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits by Jake Brown

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Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits
Paperback (336 pages)
by Jake Brown (Author)
Jake Brown Biography
Award-winning Music biographer Jake Brown has written 35 published books in his decade-long career, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock's biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Lemmy Kilmister), late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (with the estate), late Funk pioneer Rick James, superstar country music anthology Nashville Songwriter, and the all-star rock producers anthology Behind the Boards, among many others. Brown has also appeared as the featured biographer of record on Fuse TV’s Live Through This series and Bloomberg TV’s Game Changers series. In 2012, Brown won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
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Publisher: BenBella Books (September 9, 2014)
ISBN13: 9781940363172
ISBN10: 1940363179
Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1 inches
Language: English

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"Nashville Songwriter" is an outstanding read from cover to cover. If you have any interest at all in what goes on behind the scenes in the songwriting business, you need to read this book."
—American Songwriter Magazine""You know the words, but do you know the story behind them? In a new book, Nashville Songwriter", music biographer Jake Brown interviews elite country songwriters 'to get the true stories behind country music’s biggest and most enduring hits.'"
—Parade Magazine""With back stories on such titles as Willie Nelson’s "Always On My Mind," Carrie Underwood’s Â"Jesus, Take the Wheel” and Tim McGraw’s "Live Like You Were Dying," the book puts songwriters in the spotlight, including artist-writers Bill Anderson, Tom T. Hall and David Lee Murphy, as well as such full-time authors as Neil Thrasher ("Fly Over States"), Tom Shapiro ("Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You"), Dallas Davidson ("Play It Again") and Dean Dillon ("Ocean Front Property")."
—Billboard Country"


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Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits
Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits
Paperback
(336 pages)
Jake Brown 
(Author)

ISBN13: 9781940363172

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4 Country Music Songwriters' Sometimes Candid Inside Stories

This is not music biographer Jake Brown's first book, but Nashville Songwriter is his first country-music book.

Brown's mission, to present an "authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-platinum country superstars" of the last 50 years is too ambitious for a 326-page indexed paperback. Still, when it comes to the writers of some of the most popular songs, particularly f recent years, Jake spoke with the right people; notably Craig Wiseman, Tom Shapiro, Kelley Lovelace, Rivers Rutherford, Jeff Silbar and Brett James to name a few.

There are also some missteps: It was not "Don Bolan" whom Bill Anderson credits with "calling me `Ol Whisper'" but rather Don Bowman, whose nickname for Anderson evolved into the more memorable "Whisperin'" Bill.

Similarly, Chris DuBois' quoted references were likely not to "guys like Roy Burke and Shelly Black" but rather hit songwriters "Rory Bourke and Charlie Black."

There are at least a few other troublesome aspects to Brown's book beginning with its "authorized" nature, exemplified by Jake's conversation with Dallas Davidson. Davidson says he owes his career to the actions of an "[Amazon.com expletive deleted] judge who put me on house arrest," giving Dallas plenty of time to teach himself guitar after Davidson was convicted of a DUI at about age 23 and, in any case, prior to his arrival in Nashville. But Brown's publisher did not stop the presses in order to include anything about Dallas' July, 2014 arrest in Music City on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication and any possible connection between Dallas' life (as suggested in a reality TV show) in the interim.

Further, depending how much time Brown spent with the men he profiled for Nashville Songwriter (No, Music Row's hit female songwriters did not make the cut), off-the-record asides from Jake's interview subjects would surely reveal the resentment among hit songwriters whose success in getting their songs cut is tied, they believe, to "collaborating" with country-music artists. The latter, if truth told were told as the narrative goes, contribute very little to the writing sessions other than their physical presence, even as their being grudgingly listed as "co-writers" reduce true songwriters' royalties.

Finally, citing Davidson's hit copyrights, such as his performance-oriented Honky Tonk Badonkadonk and Country Girl (Shake It For Me) by example but not limitation, when considering the songs Brown lists as the best of what his interview subjects bring to the table, it is rather sad that, percentage-wise, few of these songs are "classics," in the sense that we think of the classics of other genres of music or even the top country songs of all time, in that, with notable exceptions (which I won't name- as Jake does- for fear of starting an argument no music fan can win), they will never be classified as "standards" nor will they otherwise be long-remembered, regardless of how many recording of these "hits" have been sold.

Steadily declining sales of country-music underscore the trend toward disposable music that music fans know, even if the industry is slow to catch on, is the inevitable outcome of pandering to those whom, it is thought, cannot distinguish between art and commerce.


6 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
1 Inaccurate, Incorrect, Incomplete, Inexcusable and Inanimate.

Where to begin? To be honest, there's nothing good to be said about Jake Brown's foray into the realm of country music songwriters, and for many readers, the blame for this travesty will go to the author & the book's publishers, for its totally misleading title, "Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits". Now if ever a title was misleading, this is it. Don't get me wrong, the songwriters listed in this tome have penned some great music between them, including some that may by some people, be considered classics, like Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind". However, by no stretch of the imagination could any one of the songs listed in this book be ever considered amongst country music's "greatest hits". Frankly Jake, before you sit down to write a book, you really do need to familiarise yourself with the subject matter at hand, and then suitably armed, pen something factual, something that reflects accurately, the substance contained in the books title. People are not stupid Jake, they know a duck when they see one, and if they're shown a chicken by someone who tries to tell them it's a duck, they're not going to fall for that. Yet Nashville Songwriter tries to do just that! none of country music's greatest hits are listed here; there's no mention of 'Crazy', 'I Walk The Line', 'He Stopped Loving Her Today', 'Mama Cried', 'Your Cheatin' Heart', 'I Can't Stop loving You', Sunday Mornin' Coming Down', king Of The Road', San Antonio Rose', 'I Fall To Pieces', 'Coat Of Many Colours', All My Ex's live In Texas', 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels', or any of the other great country epistles that warrant inclusion in the list of country musics 'greatest hits'. And to add insult to injury, there is not a single female in Jake's list of songwriters. No Dolly Parton, no June Carter Cash, no Tammy Wynette, no Audrey Allison, Maude Irving, Marijohn Wilkin (co-authors of He'll have To Go', Wildwood Flower' & 'Long Black Veil', respectively), and amazingly, no Cindy Walker, the songwriter supremo, who penned such hits as 'Cherokee Maiden', 'You Don't Know Me', 'Dream Baby', & 'Distant Drums', to name just a few. With so many great female songwriters out there, a book touting only male songwriters is simply inexcusable. These are my main beefs about this book, but there are other issues here, & I'm glad to see that these have already been raised by Stacy Harris in her review on this page. These 'troublesome aspects', as she so tactfully describes them, plus the inaccuracies she mentions, are unacceptable from a biographer who has supposedly written over 30 books to date. Whether the problem lies with himself, or with his researchers, is not an issue for me to go into here; suffice to say that the errors are present when they shouldn't be, the title of the book is inaccurate (and misleading) when it shouldn't be, and in my opinion, Brown's exclusion of female songwriters takes away any credibility the book might have had.


0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5 Like most of the "professional" reviews of this book

Like most of the "professional" reviews of this book, I really enjoyed this book. Other reviewers have reviewed this book poorly. I get it, "their" favorite classic hit from the 1950's wasn't included, so the book in total is rated as a one star. Same if "their" favorite songwriter wasn't included. I've read most of these types of books. I'm an amateur songwriter. I'm an amateur song/songwriter historian. For what it is, this is a fine book. No, it's not a 5,000 page tome which includes every single possible song that could be labeled as a "classic". Or every possible songwriter who could be considered as the writer of a "classic". But it does provide some fine (and obvious and entertaining ) interviews of country songwriters, past and present, who everyone can agree have had some degree of commercial "success" writing #1 charted country singles. Read the book in the spirit in which it is written and just enjoy it for what it is.

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