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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Book Sheds Light on Lives of Songwriting Duo Behind Early Hits

Great post Henry...as often it is with you, for the person who is obsessed with music, this is likely required reading...thanks!

 

Thanks very much, Jim, for your kind words. Yes, not many folks talk about the Bryants these days, I imagine, but this is both a great introduction to their lives and a peek into their archives.

 

They aren't probably as well known as lots of others, but their influence on popular music is undeniable, and as important as the Brill Building, Goffin - King, etc...

I concur with Jim and always enjoy your posts. What surprised me the most about this were the Boudleaux quotes. He was quite an articulate and thoughtful man. I couldn't believe how his comments about country music mirrors so closely the current debate about Americana.

Boudleaux and Felice Bryant were adults, writing songs for teenagers to sing. Don Everly once said that he didn't get the full emotional import of some of the songs  that The Everly Brothers sang until he was in his 30s. I'll try to find that book. :)