Chris Willman
May 23, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sing Me Back Home

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dana Jennings
publisher
Faber & Faber
genre
Music, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In Sing Me Back Home, Dana Jennings muses on country songs from the golden era of 1950-70 between riffs about growing up amid actual cheatin’, drinkin’, and poverty.

Non-Rock-Star Moment
A tune by Merle Haggard prompts Jennings to recall Grandpa’s explanation for why his outhouse had no door: ”When I’m doin’ my business, I like to look at nature.”

Lowdown
Solipsistic at times, but Jennings nails classic country’s poetic realism. A-

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