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This masterful explorationof American roots music–country, rockabilly, and the blues–spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.

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"A powerful, affecting, compelling work....Probably the most moving and revealing book on country music to date."
Douglas Green, Country Music
"Indispensable.... [The chapter on Merle Haggard] is as if Chekhov had filed a report from Harrah's in Lake Tahoe."
Nat Hentoff, Village Voice
"Guralnick has produced more than a tribute to the lost highway that carries the music he loves best; he has come through with a map of it."
Rolling Stone
"Guralnick deploys a master's touch and a lover's intensity to the simultaneous depiction of the character of the individual subject and the world in which he moves....You not only learn who someone is, but where he's been, where he's going, and why."
Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express
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