New Books Spotlight Elvis, Loretta and the Bluebird Café

New books on Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café are set for release this spring and summer, according to a list compiled by Publishers Weekly, the weekly book trade journal.

Tied to the 25th anniversary of the singer’s death (Aug. 16), the new Presley titles are The Elvis Treasures, by Robert Gordon, and The Girls’ Guide to Elvis: The Clothes, the Hair, the Women, and More!, by Kim Adelman. Gordon’s book contains documents from the Graceland archives and an hour-long CD of Presley speaking. It will be out in August, while Adelman’s lighter fare is set for a July release.

Lynn takes up where Coal Miner’s Daughter left off in her second autobiography, Still Woman Enough: A Memoir, co-written with Patsi Bale Cox and scheduled to be published April 3. To push the book, Lynn will make national television appearances on Today (4/3); Entertainment Tonight (4/3); Live With Regis & Kelly (4/4); The O’Reilly Factor (4/4); Imus in the Morning (4/5) and Intimate Portrait on the Lifetime cable network (4/9).

To celebrate the Bluebird Café’s 20th anniversary, owner and founder Amy Kurland has created The Bluebird Café Scrapbook: Music and Memories from Nashville’s Legendary Singer-Songwriter Showcase. It will be available in June.

North Carolina’s Bascom Lamar Lunsford is remembered primarily for launching the American folk festival movement and writing and recording that classic of hillbilly stereotyping, “Mountain Dew.” Loyal Jones memorializes this musical pioneer in Minstrel of the Appalachians: The Story of Bascom Lamar Lunsford. This book was first published in 1984 but has long been out of print. Look for the new edition in April.

Also coming in April will be a mass market paperback edition of Merle Haggard ’s My House of Memories: For the Record. Co-authored by Haggard and Tom Carter, this book was first published in 1999.

Other titles of interest: Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’: Country Music and the Southern Working Class, by Bill C. Malone, recently published, and Charles K. Wolfe and James E. Akenson’s compilation of scholarly essays on country music, Country Music Annual 2002, which rolls out in June.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to