University of Illinois Press Bluegrass E-books

For a limited period only the University of Illinois Press (UIP) is making available in an E-book format three top quality bluegrass titles.

Beginning on September 24, the date on which the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, commences, through to the end of the month, September 30, UIP will be offering E-book versions of Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir by Josh Graves, edited by Fred Bartenstein; Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe by Marty Godbey; and Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story by Roni Stoneman as told to Ellen Wright.

Each will be available at the special sale price of $2.99.

Graves was a pivotal member of the hugely successful bluegrass band Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, dobro pioneer Josh Graves (1927–2006). He was an avid fan of blues music and his style was developed with a heavy blues influence.

In Bluegrass Bluesman, this influential performer shares the story of his lifelong career in music.

You can buy the Kindle version here; the Kobo version here; the Google Play version here and the Nook version here.

Crowe on the Banjo relates the life and career of one of bluegrass music’s most important innovators.

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Crowe picked up the banjo when he was thirteen years old, inspired by a Flatt & Scruggs performance at the Kentucky Barn Dance. Godbey relates the long, distinguished career that followed, as Crowe performed and recorded both solo and as part of such varied ensembles as Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, the Kentucky Mountain Boys, and the revolutionary New South.

He recently stopped touring, although he does play a few selected dates.

You can buy the Kindle version here, the Kobo version here,  the Google Play version here and buy the Nook version here.

The third title, Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story, recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family and a woman who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became The First Lady of Banjo, a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw’s Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide.

This is what No Depression had to say in reviewing Pressing On……….

“Co-author Ellen Wright has skillfully assembled and corroborated Stoneman’s narratives. . . . Stoneman’s story is crammed with her personality, full of funny anecdotes about her family and other performers with whom she worked, all wrapped in her hillborn cussedness.”

You can buy the Kindle version here, the Kobo version here, the Google Play version here and the Nook version here.

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.