The Delmore Brothers, Alton and Rabon Delmore, moulded blues and country-gospel into an influential, guitar-driven harmony sound with classic songs such as 'Brown’s Ferry Blues' and 'Blues Stay Away from Me.' An older brother, Alton, left behind this fascinating, long-unpublished autobiography, The Delmore Brothers: Truth is Stranger Than Publicity.
The book brings to life the early Grand Ole Opry and the struggles of pioneering country musicians. Edited by historian Charles K. Wolfe, this a book that lives up to its title.
Alton Delmore performed with his brother Rabon as the Delmore Brothers from 1926 to 1952. The late Charles K. Wolfewas a professor of English and folklore studies at Middle Tennessee State University and is the author of ten books about American music.
University of Illinois Press, 360pp, 15cm x 22cm, illustrated paperback, 2023
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