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Producing Country

The Inside Story of the Great Recordings

By Michael Jarrett

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 July 2014
Musicians make music. Producers make records. In the early days of recorded music, the producer was the "artists-and-repertoire man," or A&R man, for short. A powerful figure, the A&R man chose both who would record and what they would record. His decisions profoundly shaped our musical tastes. Don Law found country bluesman Robert Johnson and honky-tonk crooner Lefty Frizzell. Cowboy Jack Clement took the initiative to record Jerry Lee Lewis (while his boss, Sam Phillips, was away on business). When Ray Charles said he wanted to record a country-and-western album, Sid Feller gathered songs for his consideration. The author's extensive interviews with music makers offer the fullest account ever of the producer's role in creating country music. In its focus on recordings and record production, Producing Country tells the story of country music from its early years to the present day through hit records by Hank Williams, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard, among many others. Includes original interviews with producers Chet Atkins, Pete Anderson, Jimmy Bowen, Bobby Braddock, Harold Bradley, Tony Brown, Blake Chancey, Jack Clement, Scott Hendricks, Bob Johnston, Jerry Kennedy, Blake Mevis, Ken Nelson, Jim Ed Norman, Allen Reynolds, Jim Rooney, James Stroud, Paul Worley, and Reggie Young, among others.

About the Author

MICHAEL JARRETT is a professor of English at Penn State University, York. He is the author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing and Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC, and has spent an inordinate portion of his life in record stores.

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"Works as a partial history of the changing dimension of recorded sound, from its origins as a 'record' of a particular performance to a sonic environment, aural sculpture in the hands of skilled producers and engineers."--David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express-Milwaukee Entertainment Magazine "Jarrett's ethnography is to be praised for the wealth and breadth of its coverage, raising the volume of voices seldom heard."--Tom Greenland, Journal of Folklore Research "In its approach to writing the history of country music recordings, Producing Country offers an interesting alternative to dry academic texts."--J. Farrington, Choice "Jarrett has interviewed a cross section of country music producers. The interviews are relatively short, and focus on specific albums or songs. The interested reader can grasp the various styles of production and how they have evolved over the years. ... Overall this is a well-written guide to the way records have been made in Nashville, from around 1945 to the present day."--Portland Book Review "Jarrett's book is valuable because it illuminates an exciting process that for too long has been veiled by industry protocol and ignored because of public indifference. Producing Country should inspire other scholars to look more deeply and more broadly into 'the inside story' of country music."--Ted Olson, American Studies (AMSJ) "You would look long and hard to find a more readable contribution to the cultural studies, or country music, canon."--Tim Holmes, Record Collector Magazine "[Producing Country] really tells the story of the history of country music from the other side of the glass."--Eric Banister, Music Tomes "Producing Country doesn't seek to answer so much as to enlighten, with plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from the recording sessions that gave us a big chunk of our Nashville soundtrack. ... [L]ots of folks (interviewed in the book) offer wisdom on ways to enhance artistry, solve problems, encourage ingenuity, manage technology and motivate a roomful of disparate creative spirits. It's hard to say exactly what a producer is, but those are all things that a producer does."--Peter Cooper, The Tennessean ..".Really tells the story of the history of country music from the other side of the glass." --Eric Banister, Music Tomes -In its approach to writing the history of country music recordings, Producing Country offers an interesting alternative to dry academic texts.---J. Farrington, Choice Magazine -Works as a partial history of the changing dimension of recorded sound, from its origins as a record of a particular performance to a sonic environment, aural sculpture in the hands of skilled producers and engineers.- --David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express-Milwaukee Entertainment Magazine -Jarrett has interviewed a cross section of country music producers. The interviews are relatively short, and focus on specific albums or songs. The interested reader can grasp the various styles of production and how they have evolved over the years.... Overall this is a well-written guide to the way records have been made in Nashville, from around 1945 to the present day.- --Portland Book Review -You would look long and hard to find a more readable contribution to the cultural studies, or country music, canon.- --Tim Holmes, Record Collector Magazine -...Really tells the story of the history of country music from the other side of the glass.- --Eric Banister, Music Tomes -Producing Country doesn't seek to answer so much as to enlighten, with plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from the recording sessions that gave us a big chunk of our Nashville soundtrack. ... (L)ots of folks (interviewed in the book) offer wisdom on ways to enhance artistry, solve problems, encourage ingenuity, manage technology and motivate a roomful of disparate creative spirits. It's hard to say exactly what a producer is, but those are all things that a producer does.- --Peter Cooper, The Tennessean In its approach to writing the history of country music recordings, Producing Country offers an interesting alternative to dry academic texts. J. Farrington, Choice Magazine" Works as a partial history of the changing dimension of recorded sound, from its origins as a record of a particular performance to a sonic environment, aural sculpture in the hands of skilled producers and engineers. David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express-Milwaukee Entertainment Magazine" Jarrett has interviewed a cross section of country music producers. The interviews are relatively short, and focus on specific albums or songs. The interested reader can grasp the various styles of production and how they have evolved over the years . Overall this is a well-written guide to the way records have been made in Nashville, from around 1945 to the present day. Portland Book Review" You would look long and hard to find a more readable contribution to the cultural studies, or country music, canon. Tim Holmes, Record Collector Magazine" Really tells the story of the history of country music from the other side of the glass. Eric Banister, Music Tomes" Producing Country doesn't seek to answer so much as to enlighten, with plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from the recording sessions that gave us a big chunk of our Nashville soundtrack. (L)ots of folks (interviewed in the book) offer wisdom on ways to enhance artistry, solve problems, encourage ingenuity, manage technology and motivate a roomful of disparate creative spirits. It's hard to say exactly what a producer is, but those are all things that a producer does. Peter Cooper, The Tennessean"

EAN: 9780819574640
ISBN: 0819574643
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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