David Cantwell

David Cantwell is the author of Merle Haggard: The Running Kind and co-author of Heartaches by the Number.

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Feb. 6 2014 3:09 PMThese Songs by the Staple Singers Will Probably Make You Feel Better About Life in General
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Dec. 16 2013 8:31 PMWhere Do I Start With the Great Ray Price?
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Nov. 5 2013 2:08 PMWhere Do I Start With Johnny Cash?
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Oct. 31 2013 8:45 AMCan Brandy Clark Save Country Music?Her great new album—the year’s best—just might. And she has help.
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Sept. 26 2013 5:05 PMWhen Tom Smothers Turned Merle Haggard’s Most Conservative Song Into an Anti-War Protest
Books
Feb. 6 2014 8:21 AMThe Gospel ImpulseWhy the Staple Singers matter.
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Dec. 6 2013 9:09 AMGod Blessed AmericaWhat happened when Irving Berlin pissed off Woody Guthrie.
Books
Nov. 5 2013 1:05 PMThe Man in Black in Living ColorThe most insightful and entertaining Johnny Cash biography to date.
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Sept. 30 2013 4:22 PMWhere Do I Start With Merle Haggard?   
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April 26 2013 5:42 PMThe True Genius of George Jones

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