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I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO APPEAR AT THE SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, FROM OCTOBER 12 TO 14.   i WILL PARTICIPATE WITH A MODERATOR AND, AFTERWARDS, WILL APPEAR AT THE PARNASSUS BOOK AREA TO SIGN BOOKS. ALSO, HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY BOOK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN ASCAP AWARD.   THANK ALL OF YOU WHO PURCHASED MY BOOK AND AUDIOBOOK. PERSONAL APPEARANCES ARE AS FOLLOWS; JUNE 7 - JOHNSON CITY, TN.   TAPING RADIO APPEARANCE FOR THE SATURDAY MORNING BLUEGRASS WITH DOC (TIM CARTER), FM 93.3; 1300 AM; AND VIA THE INTERNET AT...

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Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler-University of Illinois Press

Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler-University of Illinois Press

As charismatic and gifted as he was volatile, Jimmy Martin recorded dozens of bluegrass classics and co-invented the high lonesome sound. Barbara Martin Stephens became involved with the King of Bluegrass at age seventeen. Don't Give your Heart to a Rambler tells the story of their often tumultuous life together. Barbara bore his children and took on a crucial job as his booking agent when the agent he was using failed to obtain show dates for the group. Female booking agents were non-existent at that time but she persevered and went on to become the first female booking agent on Music Row....

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Bluegrass Today: Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler: My Life with Jimmy Martin, the King of Bluegrass

Bluegrass Today: Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler: My Life with Jimmy Martin, the King of Bluegrass

Jimmy Martin is one of the few bluegrass artists who was probably known as much for his personality as he was for his music. His stubborn, no-holds-barred attitude and tendency to speak his mind – loudly – to whoever would listen were captured in plenty of videos and bluegrass documentaries, and anyone who wants can visit YouTube and listen to him rhapsodize about coon dogs and what makes a good musician. However, with the exception of True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass, a magazine article-turned-short book from 1999 that focuses on Martin near the end of his life, there has...

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