Recently I was honored to be interviewed on Radio Bristol, a joint Internet service of the library and museum, when my book was selected for the March 2020 meeting of the Radio Bristol Book Club. An excerpt of the interview is shown here, along with a link to the entire interview.
Welcome, Ron. Our readers seem to have loved this book and the way you were able to capture so much of the feeling of the era. Talk about your initial inspiration for writing this book.
When my wife and I moved to Nashville a number of years back, I was not a country music fan. But as I listened to more of the music, I became fascinated by the storytelling side of it and started doing some reading. I found a wonderful biography of the Carter Family, called Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music, by Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg.
Reading that book, much of which took place in Bristol and the areas around it, I fell in love with the time and the place and that family and their music. I started imagining what it would have been like for a young person growing up in Bristol to have been in town when the Bristol Sessions took place and country music was born.
To hear the rest of the interview, click here and scroll down to “Show Archives.” Select Thursday, March 26, 2020.