Books

Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Encyclopedia Of Country Music

With 53 related entries, Houston fared well in the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press, $65), released last month, the first revision of the 600-page volume since its initial printing in 1998.

Michael McCall, Country Music Hall of Fame archivist and one of the editors of the new edition, estimates that the encyclopedia remains at around 1,200 entries. The list of new entries was actually determined three years ago, he says, as editorial decisions and space/length considerations had to be made about whom to drop out of the volume to make way for the new blood of the past dozen years, ranging from the highly successful Kenny Chesney to somewhat more obscure artists like Robert Earl Keen, Jr.

Over the next few weeks, Rocks Off will be covering the Houston-related artists in the new volume, beginning with a group we'll call the pioneers and old-timers.

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