Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Jonathan Frey

The Musicians You Didn’t Know You Knew

Revelations about Nashville’s uncredited session musicians

Travis Stimeling’s Nashville Cats: Record Production in Music City examines the contributions of uncredited session musicians to the “Nashville Sound” and the emergence of the city as a recording center.

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Rediscovering the Delta

A long-lost study of the Mississippi Delta reveals the source of the blues

Lost Delta Found, edited by Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov, uncovers a long-lost account of the lives and music of African Americans in the Mississippi Delta region.

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A Boy and His Hero

Bill Gubbins recalls an extraordinary 1969 encounter with Frank Zappa

The Hot Rats Book tells the story of how, through an unlikely series of events, 19-year-old Bill Gubbins was invited to photograph the 1969 Hot Rats recording session and camp out in Frank Zappa’s Los Angeles home.

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The Calm of Thousands of People

Big Ears Festival, Knoxville’s genre-defying music and arts celebration, gets its own book

To mark its tenth anniversary, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival now has a book, Big Ears Knoxville, with photographs by Kate Joyce, a preface by Ben Ratliff, and essays by Rachel Grimes and Joe Henry. Based on performances from 2014 to 2018, the book will launch at the 2019 festival, held in Knoxville March 21–24.

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