We’re kicking off our new blog with a celebration of the country music books that we’ve co-published over the past two decades with the Country Music Foundation Press. In honor of our country music titles, and coinciding with the premiere of Ken Burns’s new Country Music documentary, we’ve put together playlists that draw from a selection of our country music books.
Today’s first playlist (below) comes from A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record by Brian Ward and Patrick Huber.
A&R Pioneers offers the first comprehensive account of the diverse group of men and women who pioneered artists-and-repertoire (A&R) work in the early US recording business. In the process, they helped create much of what we now think of as American roots music and established the basic structure and practices of the modern music industry.
From the American Library Association’s Choice review of A&R Pioneers: