Never before has country music been so compellingly honest. In Three Chords and the Truth, Laurence Leamer unfolds the passionate lives of the greatest stars in country music. You'll hear from the full spectrum of country music and its process of stardom: the inner life of Garth Brooks, Wynonna's troubled career, Vince Gill's love of music, Shania Twain's struggle to stardom, and much more.
Every June, in gratitude to their devoted fans, the stars of country music appear at the annual Fan Fair on the Tennessee State Fair Grounds to sign autographs and perform. Fan Fair is the setting for this ground-breaking mosaic that traces country music from its grass-roots beginning to the renaissance it is experiencing today. In the tight-knit community of Nashville, Leamer was given full access, traveling with the bands and becoming a trusted ear. Here are the newest sensations: LeAnn Rimes, Mindy McCready, and superstars Mary Chapin Carpenter, Brooks and Dunn, and Alan Jackson. Their stories reflect country music itself: intense, emotional, filled with joy and disappointment, passion and dismay, laughter and tears. Here, in colorful detail, are the reasons why country music is the most listened-to music in the nation. Three Chords and the Truth is a revelation, and promises that you will never look at country music the same way again.
©1997 Laurence Leamer; (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers