Buddy Emmons: Steel Guitar Icon (Music in American Life) (Paperback)
Steve Fishell’s merger of biography and memoir draws extensively on in-depth interviews with Emmons and the artist's autobiographical writings. Emmons went from playing strip clubs to a Grand Ole Opry debut with Little Jimmy Dickens at age 18. His restless experimentation led to work with Ernest Tubb and Ray Price--and established him in a career that saw him play alongside a who’s who of American music. Fishell weaves in stories and anecdotes from Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Martino, and many others to provide a fascinating musical and personal portrait of an innovator whose peerless playing and countless recordings recognized no boundaries.
A one-of-a-kind life story, Buddy Emmons expands our view of a groundbreaking artist and his impact on country music, jazz, and beyond.
"A tip of the derby to Steve Fishell. This book showcases the essence of Buddy Emmons! The back stories are insightful, revealing Buddy's explorative mindset along with his restless quest towards perfection. Is it any wonder Buddy's musical contributions became legendary? A must read!"--Paul Franklin
"The conversation between jazz and country in the twentieth century is one of the least appreciated crossovers in American music. Steve Fishell takes us to the heart of that history and the vision of one of its greatest artists. Buddy Emmons was a complicated genius, and you’ll know him after reading Fishell’s atmospheric and appreciative biography."--Craig Havighurst, author of Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City