Book Review: Elvis, Strait, to Jesus

Elvis, Strait, to Jesus was a pretty cool book.  It is about Tony Brown who is an iconic producer who has worked with well, just about everyone in Nashville.  It is more of a photo book than anything else and he has a lot of the people he worked with sit in a French Renaissance chair – which is not something I had seen before but was really cool and I’m sure a lot of fun for him to put together and reminisce.  Lots and lots of stories about the music biz inside and lots and lots of pictures too.  If you’re into music, Nashville, Tony Brown, country, Elvis, Reba, Bernie Taupin, etc… you’ll want to check out this book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated. This book was released May 1, 2018 from Center Street.

About the Book

“In the world of modern country music history, Tony Brown has earned a critical spot…[as] one of the top creative minds of the past four decades.” –
This striking photographic journey shows how Tony Brown became the King of Nashville: from pianist for Elvis Presley, to president of MCA Records Nashville, to producer of over 100 number-one country songs that are beloved by millions. ELVIS, STRAIT, TO JESUS celebrates a music icon’s legendary rise, his history-making industry relationships, and how these friendships gave us the songs we still live by.

The magic of Tony Brown’s forty-year career is revealed in pictures, with historical and behind-the-scenes images, snapshots from the “Elvis years,” and stylish contemporary portraits staged in a French Renaissance chair of friends, musicians, and artists including:

George Strait – Reba McEntire – Trisha Yearwood – Brooks & Dunn – Vince Gill – Lionel Richie – Lyle Lovett – Patty Loveless – Steve Earle – Rosanne Cash – Emmylou Harris – Jimmy Buffett – Marty Stuart – Bernie Taupin – Don Was – William Lee Golden – Rodney Crowell – David Briggs – Glen D. Hardin – Donnie Sumner, and more.

Tony’s fascinating anecdotes accompanying the photos unveil the encounters that led to mega-hits by George Strait, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, and countless others; he recounts how he became the accidental founder of Americana music with the edgy signings of Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett to MCA, as well as his unforgettable memories of life on tour with Elvis Presley. He also retraces his North Carolina roots and honors the legends of rock, country, and gospel with whom he forged an inimitable music legacy. This special tribute is one that no fan of music or artistic photography should be without.


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