The Association for Recorded Sound Collections
“The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of the North“, David Bedford’s latest book, has been nominated for a prestigious award in the US.
The ARSC Awards for Excellence
The Awards for Excellence are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, or recording liner notes, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. A maximum of two awards is presented annually in each category—one for best history and one for best discography. Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high quality.
The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of the North
The book tells the story of the country music scene in Liverpool in the ’50s and ’60s, when Liverpool was referred to as the ‘Nashville of the North’, due to it having the biggest country and western scene in the UK.
We’re glad that this is a story that resonates not just with Liverpudlians, but also with our country-loving friend across the Atlantic.
Of course, we cannot look at the history of country in Liverpool without examining how the Fab Four fit in to the picture. The book covers the country music roots of The Quarrymen and The Beatles, with over 20 Beatles songs with country roots. We also follow Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as they travelled to Nashville in the 1970s to record country songs.
At the heart of the book is the career of Liverpool’s own Phil Brady who, following the formation of his first incarnation of the Ranchers in 1962, became the #1 country artist in Britain. He also travelled to Nashville in 1968, where he met with Willie Nelson, George Hamilton IV and many other country legends.
Discover these stories for the very first time by ordering your copy of ‘The Country of Liverpool’ today.
The Country of Liverpool Film
Work has already started on the new documentary film based upon the book, where we will follow Dominic Halpin as he goes on a journey into Liverpool to discover the story of the country music scene.
Check out this preview clip below, in which Dom speaks on country, skiffle, and the musical and cultural connections between the two.
Production of The Country of Liverpool film is ongoing. If you’d like to get involved and contribute your story, please message us on any of our social media channels (listed above), or email our publicist Alex Holbourn at firstname.lastname@example.org.