One of the most gifted cultural commentators of his generation, Nicholas Dawidoff traces the story of country music in its golden period, from Jimmie Rodgers to Emmylou Harris, via the Carter Family, Ralph Stanley, the Louvin Brothers and, of course, the indelible Johnny Cash. Journeying himself from Mace Springs, Virginia, to Bakersfield, California, Dawidoff evokes the spirit, passion and pain that informs only true country music.
Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg and In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, and is the editor of the Library of America's Baseball: A Literary Anthology. He is also a contributor to The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and The New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy. He and his wife live in New York.