Tracy Pitcox will be the guest speaker for this year's Chamber of Commerce banquet on February 19. While he is in Mason at the event, he will be offering copies of his book, "Legendary Conversations: With A Texas Disc Jockey" for sale and autographing. Tickets for Thursday's event are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Ft. Mason Real Estate, and all three of the banks.
Branch Smith Publishing and the Heart of Texas Country Music Association has just released “Legendary Conversations (With A Texas Disc Jockey)” compiled by Tracy Pitcox. The three hundred page book contains over eighty interviews that Pitcox has conducted during his twenty year radio career at KNEL in Brady, Texas.
The interviews were transcribed just as they were heard on the radio with some dating back to 1989 all the way through 2007.
“Legendary Conversations” brings to life surprising stories and historic anecdotes with Country Music performers. Readers discover:
*Dolly Parton was not accepted by Country Music fans when she initially replaced Pretty Miss Norma Jean on the Porter Wagoner Show. Fans would call out for Norma when Dolly was trying to sing.
*How Merle Haggard’s verbal and physical abuse to his third wife Leona Williams almost caused her to contemplate giving up the music business.
*Grand Ole Opry star Billy Walker’s close call with death when he traded airline tickets with Hawkshaw Hawkins. Hawkshaw, Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas would die the following day when their plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee.
*Why Garth Brooks’ revealed in 1989 that his career desire was never to get too big that he could not sit and talk with his fans.
*Tammy Wynette discussing that her only regret was never winning a duet award with her ex husband George Jones.
*Chubby Checker giving Ernest Tubb the credit for his decision to enter the music business.
“Legendary Conversations” features several interviews with many entertainers who are no longer with us including Tammy Wynette, Billy Walker, Bobby Helms, Boxcar Willie, Chris LeDoux, Del Reeves, Floyd Tillman, Rose Maddox, Goldie Hill, Grandpa Jones, Johnny Duncan, Justin Tubb, Keith Whitley, Skeeter Davis, Mrs. Jim Reeves and Sammi Smith among others.
The book delves into not only the individual artist’s careers, but also the golden age of Country Music. Many of the featured artists were the moving forces in the early creation of the billion dollar Country Music industry.
“I had been fortunate to visit with many of the legendary figures in Country Music” Pitcox said. “I was visiting on the Bill Mack radio show last year and Bill had just released his biography. We were talking about preserving all the great history from Country Music’s past. I started thinking about all of my old interviews and decide that now was a great time to use them in a book format. It took a year to complete the book.”
Pitcox also adds notes at the end of every interview discussing memories of the interview or his relationship with the performer.
“Legendary Conversations” also contains discussions with Alan Jackson, Andy Williams, Cal Smith, Charley Louvin, Doug Kershaw, Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Hank Locklin, Hank Thompson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Bush, Johnny Gimble, Justin Trevino, Kitty Wells, Kris Kristofferson, Mark Chestnut, Mickey Gilley, Moe Bandy, Ray Price, Tom T. Hall, Wanda Jackson, Willie Nelson and more.
The book also features ninety photos and letters from artists including Buck Owens, Gene Autry, Johnny Rodriguez, Eddy Arnold, Pee Wee King, Bill Anderson, Charley Pride, Ralph Emery and the only time the “three Hanks” were photographed together-Hank Williams, Hank Thompson and Hank Snow.
Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn contributed the liner notes for “Legendary Conversations”. Lynn wrote “Meeting someone who so loves and is so devoted to pure Country Music is amazing. I knew I’d met one of these people several years ago when I met Tracy. Tracy’s love for traditional country is evident in all he does to promote artists as me. He is truly an asset to all that loves this music. I’m just lucky to call him a dear sweet friend.”
“Legendary Conversations” is an insider’s guide to the music industry and the much loved and respected individuals who created the music. The book regularly retails for $14.95. Call (325) 597-1895 or log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com for more information.
About the Author
Tracy Pitcox is a twenty year radio veteran beginning his career at the age of 15 at his hometown radio station in Brady, Texas. He is very active in the booking and managing end of the business working with many different artists. Pitcox also owns Heart of Texas Records with a roster that includes Ferlin Husky, Hank Thompson, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, Amber Digby, Curtis Potter, Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall, Mona McCall, Frank Torres, Ron Williams, Pretty Miss Norma Jean and Johnny Bush.