This June, a new, first-of-its-kind book Behind the Boards: Nashville (Baker & Taylor) pulls back the curtain on the Music Row hit-making machine that is the recording studio. The new book explores the in-depth relationships between artists and producers while revealing the compelling stories behind some of the biggest hits to come out of Music City. Behind the Boards: Nashville is the 50th book by award-winning, Nashville-based music biographer Jake Brown (Nashville Songwriter series) and will hit store shelves June 23rd. An audiobook version of the title will be available through Blackstone Audio on June 20th.
Behind the Boards: Nashville invites readers inside for front-row, first-hand conversations with 30 of Country music’s most successful and legendary record producers of the past 50 years, including Tony Brown, Dann Huff, Buddy Cannon, Dave Cobb, James Stroud, Nathan Chapman, Jeff & Jody Stevens, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Clint Black, Paul Worley, Jim Ed Norman, Joey Moi, Byron Gallimore, Michael Knox, Frank Rogers, Don Cook, Chris DeStefano, Frank Liddell, Jesse Frasure, Josh Leo, Zach Crowell, Bobby Braddock, Ray Baker, Norbert Putnam, Ross Copperman, Justin Neibank, Ray ‘Orig the DJ’ Riddle, and Luke Laird among others.
Fans are able to stream the music while they read as this 600-page book gives Country music listeners a look at how the soundtracks of their lives were created in the studio from start to finish. Like never before, fans are able to experience the creation of their favorite hits told firsthand by the artists and producers themselves in Behind the Boards: Nashville.
Collectively, the book features over 300 #1 hits by Country’s biggest stars, including Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Clint Black, Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville”, Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” album, A Star is Born Soundtrack starring Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper, Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Alabama, Jason Isbell, George Jones, Jewel, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Lori McKenna, Midland, Faith Hill, Steve Earle, Hank Williams Jr., Lyle Lovett, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, The Band Perry, Shooter Jennings, Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Jon Pardi, the Nitty Gritty Band, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Moe Bandy, The Eagles, and the great Merle Haggard among others.
Said Brown: “I’m proud this is my 50th published book, as we endeavored to gather the largest collection ever of Country Music’s superstar producers in one conversation for fans over 600 pages chronicling both how they first found their way to Nashville and into the recording studio, how Country music’s biggest stars work in the studio behind the scenes, and pull back the curtain on specifically how literally hundreds of their Greatest Hits were brought to life in the studio. It’s a love-letter to my home town that I couldn’t be more proud of!”