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In Honky Tonk Debutante Christine Warren presents a history of honky-tonk music that is artfully woven together with her own personal narrative. A lifelong fan, Warren’s passion for the music is contagious, while her memoir-style anecdotes provide bold comedy, aching emotion, and good old-fashioned entertainment.
Bolstered by detailed research, each chapter offers a peek-behind-the-curtain at the evolution of this music genre. Warren explores the stories behind iconic songs and the stars who made them famous, stars like Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson. She describes the barriers that many country artists encountered including poverty, censorship, chauvinism, and often, their own personal demons. Warren concludes each chapter with a carefully selected five-song soundtrack—and the suggested playlist is worth the price of admission alone.
On a deeper level, this book illustrates that music doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Warren examines the related geography, untimely tragedies, natural disaster, popular opinion, and eccentric Southern characters that influenced honky-tonk music.
Honky Tonk Debutante is both educational and uproarious. At one point Warren is flexing her literary chops and the next throwing herself under the bus in hilarious fashion. Channeling the spirit of an overtly honest country song, there are moments of raw pathos, counter-punched by rollicking humor. The result is a fascinating take on the roots of honky-tonk. And while Christine Warren sets out to pay reverence to this music and its magic, she can’t help but show us the power of a well-told story along the way.
Thursday September 17th — a neighborhood Pop-Up Book Party in Mobile AL
Thursday October 29th — speaking at the Centennial Club in Nashville TN
“Don’t let the ‘as I care to tell it’ part of the subtitle fool you. This history of honky-tonk is as accurate and authoritative as any you’ll ever read. It is meticulously researched (197 sources, by my count). And has a sideshow that is as captivating as the main event. You want to know if Hank worked in an Alabama ship yard? Does Willie belong to a club that celebrates a crucial bone in the raccoon’s reproductive apparatus? Read this book and find out. As for Christine Warren’s own honky-tonk bona fides, her deftly intertwined memoir is a charmer, a heart-breaker, a spirit-lifter – and a hoot to boot.”
— James Seay, poet, essayist, honky-tonk habitué
“Christine recounts the history of country music vividly with intellect, curiosity, wit and humor from a unique viewpoint inspired by her love of a good song and her memories of the places and people who have shaped her life.”
— Marshall Terry, creative writing professor at SMU,
award-winning author, member Texas Institute of Letters
“I’m lifting my longneck to Christine Warren for boldly going where few have gone before to deliver an engaging account of honky tonk music and what it means to her.”
— John Lomax III, author of Nashville: Music City USA, music journalist
“Beats any bedtime story I’ve read in years.”
— Eddie Wilson, Armadillo World Headquarters founder, owner of Threadgill’s
Bob Cole and the KOKE FM crew invited Christine Warren to be their celebrity guest on their popular drive-time morning radio show. The 23-minute interview plays more like a podcast as they discuss honkytonk music, the uniqueness of Texas dancehalls, and even sing along to Willie Nelson’s version of “Bubble in My Beer”. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio interview, it’s highly informative and hilariously entertaining!