A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters

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Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger, Justin Stelter
Center Street, May 14, 2008 - Music - 272 pages
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Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and polish tales down to sparkling three-minute gems. A blend of humor and poignancy, these tales range from Kris Kristofferson's charming tale of how an explicit natural rock formation causes chaos in a small farming town, to the domestic drama of a Kentucky family with six daughters, to Charlie Daniels' character-driven fable of money and unhappiness, to Gary Nicholson's riveting tale of an albino African American singer/songwriter who inspired him to be a musician.

A celebration of music and storytelling, other contributors include Hal Ketchum, Janis Ian, Mark D. Sanders, Tom T. Hall, Marshall Chapman, and Robert Hicks, among many other notable Nashville luminaries.

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User Review  - TheReadersCove - LibraryThing

This is definitely a book for Country Western fans… If you are familiar with this genre of music then the stories will surely reach every corner of your heart. There is a time for laughter and a time ... Read full review

A MUST for any writer!

User Review  - paaskanama - Borders

If you are a fiction writer, songwriter, or mere enthusiast of the craft of writing, this is a must-have for your collection. A collection of fiction stories from some of Nashville's top songwriters ... Read full review


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Hicks is a music publisher at Polygram Music/Nashville.

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