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article imageCountry queen Jean Shepard releases long-awaited autobiography

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 5, 2014 in Music
Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard has released her long-awaited autobiography "Down Through The Years," during this week's CMA Music Festival.
Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and Larry Black, executive producer of "Country's Family Reunion" put their heads together to help her publish and distribute this 224-page, beautifully-bound hardback book.
Shepard is the matriarch of the Grand Ole Opry and its longest-standing female member. The book presents a first-hand account of her life and iconic career, which exceeds six decades. She takes the reader back to the "golden age of country music," through her 2011 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and beyond.
"Down Through The Years" features commentary from other such veteran country stars as Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jim Ed Brown, George Hamilton IV, Del McCoury, Jimmy C. Newman, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart and Mel Tillis, among others. It includes a foreword with annotations by former U.S. Senator Steve Faris, WSM Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs and Gus Arrendale, the president of Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, for which Shepard is a spokesperson.
As Digital Journal previously reported, Shepard is hailed as a pioneer for women in country music. She was signed to Capitol Records at a time when it was thought that female artists could not sell records. She was discovered by Hank Thompson and she appeared on the first network country music television show The Ozark Jubilee.
In addition, she was also the first female in the genre to sell a million records, to make a color television commercial and to overdub her voice on recordings. Her illustrious career has yielded over 45 albums and 70 singles, including "A Dear John Letter," "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)," which features her yodeling fans, as well as "Tips of My Fingers" and "Slipping Away." She regularly performs at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage and maintains a busy schedule out on the road. To this day, Shepard continues to be a strong influence in traditional music.
For more information on country music matriarch Jean Shepard and her new book, visit her official website.
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