NATHAN D. GIBSON 'The Starday Story-The House That Country Music Built' - BOOK

NATHAN D. GIBSON 'The Starday Story-The House That Country Music Built' - BOOK

  • $39.00

Add to Wishlist

BOOK: THE STARDAY STORY by Nathan D. Gibson (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) 266 pages, hardbound. Bluegrass and country music fans who were around in the 1950s and 60s know how important a label Starday was. After Elvis Presley and the rockabilly craze came along in the mid 50s, the major record labels paid very little attention to "hard" country and Bluegrass music. Fortunately, a tiny label, started in Texas by Jack Starnes and "Pappy" Dailey, found a niche for the more traditional forms of country music, and became a major player on the scene, thanks mostly to the leadership of Don Pierce and the "discovery" of future superstar George Jones. The author of this excellent book, Nathan Gibson, does a superb job in detailing the somewhat complicated history of Starday, thanks in large part to his extensive interviews with Pierce before Don passed away in 2005 at the age of 89. Thanks to Pierce and others who worked for the label (including a young Martin Haerle, who went on to start C.M.H. Records later), the book is filled with anecdotes and facts that are generally not known, including some interesting sales figures. Apart from George Jones, the label recorded many other country artists like Cowboy Copas and Roger Miller, but Starday's strength was in its extensive Bluegrass roster, which included the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Bill Clifton, Carl Story, The Lewis Family, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Jim Eanes and the early Country Gentlemen. One of the great features of the book is an amazing 70 page section that lists every LP and every single (45rpm) issued over the years by Starday and its affiliates (like the Nashville label and even the company's various custom releases). This material, compiled by several advanced collectors, makes up a wonderful reference and resource. The book is a bit expensive- list price is $ 50.00--but it tells a fascinating story that will be of interest to those who recall the delight of purchasing the early LPs and 45s by groups like the Stanley Brothers, Bill Clifton, Jim & Jesse and The Country Gentlemen. Our price is just $ 39.00