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A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters [Hardcover]

By Robert Hicks (Editor), John Bohlinger (Editor) & Justin Stelter (Editor)
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Item description for A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters by Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger & Justin Stelter...

A blend of fiction, nonfiction, humor, and poignancy, this celebration of music and storytelling features works by Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels, Gary Nicholson, Hal Ketchum, Janis Ian, Mark D. Sanders, Tom T. Hall, Marshall Chapman, and many notable country music luminaries.

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Nothing tells a story better than the story-songs of country music. A GUITAR AND A PEN presents, for the first time, the literary work of some of the best storytellers in the world: the songwriters who cut and polish tales down to sparkling three-minute gems. A blend of humor and poignancy, these tales range from Kris Kristofferson's charming tale of how an explicit natural rock formation causes chaos in a small farming town, to the domestic drama of a Kentucky family with six daughters, to Charlie Daniels' character-driven fable of money and unhappiness, to Gary Nicholson's riveting tale of an albino African American singer/songwriter who inspired him to be a musician.
A celebration of music and storytelling, other contributors include Hal Ketchum, Janis Ian, Mark D. Sanders, Tom T. Hall, Marshall Chapman, and Robert Hicks, among many other notable Nashville luminaries.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Center Street
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 4.77" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Center Street
ISBN  1599950642  
ISBN13  9781599950648  

Availability  138 units.
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More About Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger & Justin Stelter

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South.

Robert Hicks currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Robert Hicks was born in 1945.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Guitar And A Pen?

A delightful book!  Sep 25, 2008
Reviewed by Lori Plach for Reader Views (9/08)

You are flipping through the radio stations and all of a sudden you hear a country song which tells an interesting story. You are saddened when the song ends because you wish you could hear the whole story rather than just a brief part of it which lasts only three or four minutes. Do you wish there was a place where you could read some "feel good" stories like those you hear in a country song?

Now there is a place where you can do just that. "A Guitar and a Pen" brings together some of the brightest country songwriters who take on another role -- rather than just writing songs, they tell stories. Some of the songwriters who have taken part in the creation of this delightful book are: Kris Kristofferson, Tom T Hall and Charlie Daniels. You will experience a small farming town with a most unusual natural wonder. You will discover how someone is inspired to become a musician and songwriter.

"A Guitar and a Pen" is a wonderfully entertaining book for anyone who loves a good story. You don't even have to be a fan of country western music to enjoy this book. If you are already a fan, you will certainly fall in love with this treasury. With all its individual stories, this is the type of book from which you can read a short story on your lunch hour and be encouraged all day.

With a delightful book like "A Guitar and a Pen" on your shelf, you will be refreshed and awaiting the next collection of stories!

Wonderful short stories of special interest to fans of CW music.  Jun 21, 2008
This is definitely a book for Country Western fans.

If you are familiar with this genre of music, then the stories will surely reach every corner of your heart. There is a time for laughter and a time for pain, a time of sadness and a time to yell "Yahoo!"

Each story has its own unique style and theme. Some are easy reads that you can follow with no trouble while others take a little getting into. It was hard, at times, to decipher if the tale was truth or fiction, but each story left you with something to ponder.

You will have the opportunity to see a different side of the songwriters you have enjoyed. With some, you look back into their past and relive important and maybe life-altering experiences, challenging encounters and family struggles. Others may be fiction, but they are written in such an expressive and clear way, they could have been real events.

You could set down and read just one story at a time or one after another. But your journey is sure to be filled with unique experiences and surprise endings.

Each entry is followed with the author's mini biographical sketch and a list of accomplishments. You will likely find tidbits of information that could amaze you.

I did enjoy the book even though I didn't recognize all the authors.

To put in simply, "They make music with their words instead of words into music!"

Armchair Interviews says: Wonderful short stories of special interest to fans of CW music.

Sensational, soul searching stories of wisdom  Jun 13, 2008

Reviewed by Gina Holland for RebeccasReads (6/08)

"A Guitar And A Pen" is very unique; it's a collection of short stories that were written by some of country music's most talented songwriters. I have always enjoyed country music, and I really enjoyed reading these stories. The collection proved that these artists' abilities swell beyond their songwriting talents. Each story was written well, and I found them all a joy to read. In contrast to listening to the artists' hit songs, I was able to actually sit down, read and absorb what I was being told.

Many of the stories really relate to the world around us today. There is joy, sadness, happiness, death, life, and a lot about family! Some of the writers are well known today in the world of Country Music. Among the writers are Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels, John Hadley, and Marshall Chapman, and many, many more.

"A Guitar And A Pen" is a very good blend of fiction and non-fiction. Some of the stories written are so poignant that they feel as though they are real. That songwriters wrote this book makes it even more worth the while of reading it. Anticipation is one thing that keeps us going in this life. I suggest you read this book. Once you read it, you might want to read it again and again. It is definitely a collectible. Thanks to all the songwriters for taking time out of their busy lives to put together such a wonderful collection.


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