Journalist and biographer Nash interviews 27 country music stars, from Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn to contemporary chart-toppers like Reba McEntire and Rosanne Cash.
The author of Dolly: A Biography of Dolly Parton offers brief biographical profiles of and conducts Q & A interviews with 27 popular performers, from the octogenarian ``King of Country Music'' Roy Acuff to Tammy Wynette, the ``Heroine of Heartbreak.'' Nash asks knowledgable, penetrating questions and leads the singers into intimate areas with ease. Many speak with refreshing candor. Wynette: ``Acting is a very special talent. One that I don't think I have.'' The late Marty Robbins: ``I love attention . . . My ears are tuned for the name Marty Robbins.'' Brenda Lee: ``I grew up not really knowing who or what I was. I was what I read I was.'' Charley Pride: ``I don't have skin hang-ups. I'm no color. I'm just Charley Pride, the man.'' Loretta Lynn: ``I've had so many death threats that I don't get out of the bus that much.'' Minnie Pearl reveals the hurtful experiences that led to the creation in 1936 of her comedy character. She also notes the ``special type of camaraderie that exists among country music performers.'' Fans will delight in this hefty volume, replete with integrity, earthy banter and engaging anecdotes that capture the twang of their favorite honkytonk heroes and heroines. Photos not seen by PW. Music Book Club selection.