"While the music of Jimmy Martin is documented for the ages, his detailed personal life has never been so thoroughly told until now. Barbara Martin lived with the man, bore his children, and served as his manager and booking agent during the glory days when he was known as "Mr. Good 'N Country Music." Brutally honest, this book runs the gamut of emotions, giving us a first-person account of one of the most talented--yet complicated--performers during the golden years of country and bluegrass music."

EDDIE STUBBS, WSM Grand Ole Opry Announcer


"Jimmy Martin was a sparkling stylist, both as a singer and a guitarist, a brilliant showman whom few could follow onstage, and a tortured soul who once, when I simply said hello to him at the Grand Ole Opry, threatened to whip my ass right there on the side of the stage. I met Jimmy early in my career and though I knew him fairly well. After reading Barbara's painfully honest portrayal, however, I realize I hardly knew him at all,"



"I can't say enough good things about Barbara Martin and her influence on bluegrass music She was an early pioneer with both booking and representing her artist partner Jimmy Martin. The new venues she was able to put Jimmy into with his music were not easy in any way because Bluegrass is a music that is only appreciated by being watched and performed. Barbara was also on the ground floor of all concerts and shows that were the forerunners of bluegrass festivals as we know them today. Thanks again, Barbara, for all your hard work, courage, many years of hearing 'no' from promoters, and for telling us your story with this book."



"Barbara Martin Stephens has written a fascinating book about her years with Jimmy Martin - the King of Bluegrass. If you are a fan of Jimmy Martin-the artist or the man-buy this book to understand more about both."