By Bruce Feiler

Kingdom song has exploded around the U.S. and passed through a sweeping revolution, reworking the as soon as ridiculed global of Nashville into an not likely point of interest of yank popular culture. Bruce Feiler was once granted unheard of entry to the non-public moments of the revolution. here's the acclaimed record: a chronicle of the genre's largest stars as they alter the face of yank song. From the old degree of the Grand Ole Opry to the dim mild of a recording studio, here's a ruggedly actual backstage journey that takes you areas outsiders have by no means been allowed to head. half social historical past, half behind the scenes go, this penetrating and swish publication provides the main complete graphics but painted of Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd-two of the main celebrated artists of our times-as good as a touching photograph of Wade Hayes, a tender guy who hopes to stick to them to the exalted heights of 1 of America's richest traditions: the realm of kingdom tune.

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After handing his gifts to his road manager, meeting a terminally ill teenager who had been flown in from Milwaukee, and kissing his wife good-bye, Garth stepped outside the office. What followed was a stunning display of celebrity endurance, not to mention public relations. Fans, neighbors, elders, youngsters, Opry staff, and other performers from the show all gathered in an informal throng outside the door to the manager’s office backstage, just in front of the men’s room. Though the show was still continuing onstage, few here seemed to care about that.

If anything, he was more interested in boasting about the Christmas present he had just received from his wife: a brandnew, six-wheel 4x4 Chevy truck. Its color, he bragged, was autumn wood. ” Garth cooed to the band, several members 31 / THE OPRY of his staff, and the manager of the Opry, all of whom had gathered in a private office to discuss Garth’s set for the night. “It’s a dualie, with lights on top and this great stereo. Man! ” Garth was wearing blue Wranglers and one of his freshly pressed navy blue and cardinal Mo Betta cowboy shirts that he helps design.

That was your first time, though,” offered DKC. ” Callow as he appeared, Wade Hayes was rapidly maturing into a full-bodied star—perhaps even more than he realized himself. His shooting status was no more apparent than in the roster of country music legends who dropped by the darkened studio this afternoon to pay their respects. First there was Bill Anderson, Opry luminary, one of the few singer-songwriters in Nashville to have hits in every decade since the 1950s and coauthor of “Six Feet Tall,” a song on the album.

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