Ready to start that beach-reading list? Well, there are several country music-related books in the publishing chute for you to consider.
As always, biographies and autobiographies are in plentiful supply. Topping the spring list is Shania Twain’s memoir, From This Moment On, which arrives in May. Author Susan Masino’s Family Tradition — Three Generations of Hank Williams is set for May release, and The Three of Us: Growing Up With Tammy and George, written by daughter Georgette Jones and Nashville author Patsi Bale Cox, is out in July. On Tuesday (Feb. 22), the paperback edition of Jimmy McDonough’s Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen becomes available.
Here are some other titles that are on the horizon:
Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festivals, Thomas Adler (May); A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, Antonino D’Ambrosio (May) and Right by Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs, Jewly Hight (March).
Also, Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ’Round the World: The Illustrated History, Michael Dregni, Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Sonny Burgess, Robert Gordon (May); Woody Guthrie: American Radical, Will Kaufman (March) and 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day, Dorian Lynskey (April).
All That Is Bitter and Sweet, by Ashley Judd (the actress-activist member of the Judds clan) and Maryanne Vollers, will be published in April.
The most intriguing title, though, arrives in May. If Liam Sullivan’s Making the Scene — Nashville: How to Live, Network and Succeed in Music City fulfills the promise of its title, it could become a replacement for the Gideon Bible at local hotels and motels.