Heartaches by the Number
Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles
304 Pages, 8.5in x 11in
- Published: January 2003
Heartaches by the Number takes the reader all the way from Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and Hank Williams's "I Saw the Light" to Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." It includes classics like Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Gene Autry's "Back in the Saddle Again," Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," George Jones's "He Stopped Loving Her Today," and Garth Brooks's "The Dance," plus surprises from the likes of Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles, among others.
Part encyclopedia, part history, part collection of record reviews, yet not quite any of these things, Heartaches by the Number isinstead an argument for a sensibility, a way of hearing. It's comprised of critical essays that each can stand alone, but that, when read in sequence, comment upon each other and tell a larger story--one that challenges and redefines what country music is and what it can mean.
Co-published with the Country Music Foundation Press