Country Music Changed My Life
by Ken Burke
(Chicago Review Press)
My first exposure to Ken Burke was through his writings in Goldmine Magazine. His articles and reviews were always well written, and when Country Music Changed My Life came across my desk. I knew it would be a good read.
This book is about the true country music stars. The tried and true singes and musicians that came along in the day when country music was still about the singer and the song, not how good you look in a pair of tight jeans.
Through research and personal interviews Burke tells the stories of Brenda Lee, whose gift for songs saved her family from a life of poverty. Little Jimmy Dickens, Mickey Gilley talks about his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis: rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson talks about her religious affirmation that life as a black man playing country music.
Glen Campbell’s incredible pre-solo career as a member of the Champs (Tequila), The Ricky Nelson Band, and The Beach Boys and stories on Deke Dickerson, Pat Boone, Don Williams, Kitty Wells, Johnny Paycheck and many more. Marshall Lytle remembers ¦ill Haley and Cowboy Jack Clement talks about Billy Lee Riley.
This is book filled with country music history, great stories of faith, redemption, love, loss and all the things that make country music what it is, the people’s music.
-Michael Buffalo Smith