As a child of the 1950s in south Alabama, Sharon heard the songs of and story about Hank Williams. Thus began her love of country music. Eddy Arnold, Bill Anderson, Cash, Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn soon became favorites. Her memories --sad, funny, and poignant ones as a fan and a journalist are shared.The book praises the importance of words, story telling,and life lessons of the classic era and laments their loss in today's music.Through her keen sense of observation and an eye for detail, Sharon Thomason humanizes the artists of the classic era and explains their importance in American culture.
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What a marvelous concept for a book, the world of country music as seen through the eyes and through the heart of one of its biggest fans. The fact that Sharon is a terrific writer is icing on the cake.Bill Anderson, member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame
Sharon, your extensive country music journey is a stirring and sentimental classic.Vince Dooley, legendary former UGA football coach
Sharon's voice is to country music what Hillary Clinton's was to diplomacy. She writes compassionately and diplomatically and yet is brutally honest when need be. We've been friends since the '70s and have shared many conversations and opinions about our love and appreciation for classic country music.Billy Dilworth, Northeast Georgia newspaper reporter and columnist, radio and TV host
Sharon Thomason writes passionately, intimately, authoritatively, respectfully, beautifully and compellingly about country music. I have always loves country music, but Sharon helps me understand why we Southerners are so fiercely proud and thankful for the music that identifies our region and speaks both of hard times and good times, of fleeting romance and abiding love, of honky-tonk angels and faithful spouses. Many a Southerner and country music fan will identify with Sharon as she describes her lifelong adoration for this wonderful music and how it became a foundation of her life.Charles Seabook, author of the Salt Marsh, and Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses.
This is a beautiful journey down memory lane. I ate it up, with a spoon, as Sharon would say.Honorable Zell Miller, Former governor and U.S. Senator of Georgia