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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.

A Few More Good Books

For a change of pace, here's an excerpt from a  work of fiction (Don Lee's "Lonesome Lies Before Us") that might interest No Depression readers based on this paragraph describing the career of singer-songwriter Yadin Park:

"He released four albums in his twenties and thirties through a small indie label. Each one sold less and less. He never produced a crossover hot, never scratched the Billboard 200. His music was in the nebulous, uncomfortable classification of alt-country, not quite folk or rock or down-home country. In other words, not at all radio-friendly. Save for a few critics in "No Depression" and "American Songwriter" who extolled his songs-beautiful, mournful, anguished, devastatingly sad, they rave - the media ignored him. At best, he was an underground cult favorite, virtually anonymous. The small indie label became a subsidiary of a major label, the major label merged with an even bigger label, the subsidiary was folded, and the new mega-label dropped him."

 

 

 

That's good...and describes some of the artists I go see in concert...