To coincide with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event September 24-28, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, we are offering eBook versions of three University of Illinois Press titles on sale for $2.99. The sale will run through September 30.
Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves, Edited by Fred Bartenstein
A pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927–2006) was a living link between bluegrass music and the blues, maintaining ties with black artists and comporting himself as a classic bluesman with a gold tooth and snappy headgear. In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.
Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe by Marty Godbey
In this first biography of legendary banjoist J. D. Crowe, Marty Godbey charts the life and career of one of bluegrass’s most important innovators. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Crowe picked up the banjo when he was thirteen years old, inspired by a Flatt & Scruggs performance at the Kentucky Barn Dance. Godbey relates the long, distinguished career that followed, as Crowe performed and recorded both solo and as part of such varied ensembles as Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, the all-acoustic Kentucky Mountain Boys, and the revolutionary New South, who created an adventurously eclectic brand of bluegrass by merging rock and country music influences with traditional forms. Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.
Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story by Roni Stoneman as told to Ellen Wright
This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family and a woman who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became “The First Lady of Banjo,” a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw’s Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide. “[A] moving and frequently comical memoir.”–The Tennessean “Co-author Ellen Wright has skillfully assembled and corroborated Stoneman’s narratives. . . . Stoneman’s story is crammed with her personality, full of funny anecdotes about her family and other performers with whom she worked, all wrapped in her hillborn cussedness.”–No Depression Buy the Kindle version here. Buy the Kobo version here. Buy the Google Play version here. Buy the Nook version here.