"A thoughtful and important book." --Rosanne Cash
In industry circles, musicians from Kentucky are known to possess an enviable pedigree--a lineage as prized as the bloodline of any bluegrass-raised thoroughbred. A Few Honest Words explores how Kentucky’s landscape, culture and traditions have influenced some of its most notable contemporary roots musicians. Featuring intimate interviews with household names (like Naomi Judd, Joan Osborne and Dwight Yoakam), emerging artists and local musicians, author Jason Howard’s rich and detailed profiles reveal how important the state and the Appalachian region remain to the creation and performance of roots music.
“Something’s Rising is a humble call to those who believe that man is capable of all things.” --The Washington Times
Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something’s Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. The book features both well-known activists and people who are rarely in the media, including Jean Ritchie, “the mother of folk”; Judy Bonds, a tough-talking coal miner’s daughter; Jack Spadaro, a heroic whistleblower; Kathy Mattea, the beloved country music singer; Denise Giardina, a celebrated writer who ran for governor to bring attention to the issue; and many more.
“We All Live Downstream is an extraordinary testimony to the resiliency of Appalachians in the face of a reckless destruction of their mountain communities, streams, and ultimately, their heritage.” --The Huffington Post
We All Live Downstream is a multi-genre anthology of young writers and noted artists from seventeen states who are speaking out against mountaintop removal mining. This startling volume features writings from celebrated artists such as Wendell Berry, Ashley Judd, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bob Edwards, Erik Reece, Silas House, Denise Giardina, Bobbie Ann Mason, Hal Crowther, Ann Pancake, Earl Hamner, and many more.