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 playlist (below) draws from Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row by Bobby Braddock. If you’re watching Ken Burns’s Country Music this week, then you’ve seen Braddock sharing about his experiences working as a songwriter in the country music industry for the past five decades.
If you know country music, you know Bobby Braddock. Even if you don’t know his name, you know his work: “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” “Golden Ring.” “Time Marches On.” “I Wanna Talk About Me.” “People Are Crazy.” Braddock has worked on Nashville’s legendary Music Row since the mid-1960s, plying his trade and selling the aforementioned songs and numerous other chart-topping hits. His decades of writing songs for legendary singers like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Toby Keith are recounted in Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, providing readers with an insightful look at the beating heart of country music.
In this excerpt, Braddock recounts the experience of co-writing “Golden Ring,” which became a hit record for George Jones and Tammy Wynette in 1976 and a classic in the country music canon:
Bonus: Listen to Bobby Braddock discuss country music with Malcolm Gladwell on Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History:
» “The King of Tears”: Revisionist History goes to Nashville to talk with Bobby Braddock, who has written more sad songs than almost anyone else. What is it about music that makes us cry? And what sets country music apart?