Later this evening, I’m attending a party at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe during which I will be hanging out with some of the town’s songwriteratti. I rarely (as in never) hang out with the folks who make Nashville famous, however, my friend Alice Randall gives me a one-degree-of-separation from all sorts of talented and famous people.
Alice recently spent several months working with Courtney and Carter Little on a unique project for Nashvile-based publisher Naked Ink, a book called My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America’s Orignial Outsider Music that will be available December 6. (There’s also a cool website that will launch then, as well.)
Here’s how the book is described by the publisher:
Containing 100 recommended playlists for downloading, this book is the best and most unique way to explore the Country music genre in a modern, easy, convenient way. Each playlist walks you through the history, culture, and relevance of Country music, revealing the authenticity and raw truth that represents Country.
Whether you are a long-time lover of Country music or just discovering the genre, this book will help you not only organize your music, but explore, evaluate, and critique the music while learning about the basics of Countryâ€”who we are, what we sound like, what we believe in, where weâ€™ve come from, and where weâ€™re goinâ€™. This guide also provides a behind the scenes look at some of the cities that have spawned the greatest music of the genre and films that have contributed to the mystique which defines Country. For all you music lovers, mp3 users, or folks who are interested in discovering or rediscovering your country roots, this is a book you can’t live without!
The event I’m attending tonight is a book launch preview party. I don’t really know what to expect, but I have permission (encouragement?) to take photos and blog anything I’d like. Admittedly, I’m having some intimidation about blogging anything to do with country music and parties as anything I will do could never compare with the virtuosic bloggership of such activities by my hero, Mr Roboto.
Despite such trepidation, I’ll be posting photos and comments about the party later. (Perhaps very later.)