Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler: My Life with Jimmy by Barbara Martin Stephens

By Barbara Martin Stephens

As charismatic and proficient as he used to be unstable, Jimmy Martin recorded dozens of bluegrass classics and co-invented the excessive lonesome sound. Barbara Martin Stephens turned concerned with the King of Bluegrass at age seventeen. do not provide your middle to a Rambler tells the tale in their frequently tumultuous existence jointly. Barbara bore his childrens and took on a vital task as his reserving agent whilst the agent he used to be utilizing did not receive exhibit dates for the crowd. woman reserving brokers have been non-existent at the moment yet she continued and went directly to develop into the 1st woman reserving agent on track Row. She additionally continued years of actual and emotional abuse at Martin's arms. With braveness and candor, Barbara tells of the agony and lines the hard-won own development she discovered inside of marriage, motherhood, and her paintings. Her vibrant account of Martin's explosive character and torment over his exclusion from the Grand Ole Opry fill within the lacking info on a occupation popular for being stormy. but, Barbara additionally stocks her personal trip, considered one of strong humor and proud achievements, and jam-packed with fond and humorous memories of the track legends and usual humans she met, befriended, and represented alongside the way in which. undemanding and sincere, do not provide your middle to a Rambler is a woman's tale of the area of bluegrass and one among its such a lot colourful, conflicted artists.

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