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Strum a Spooky Banjo, Tip that Ten-Gallon Hat, and Meet Country Music's Greatest Ghosts Jam out to this impressive compilation of haunted hot spots, creepy curses, and celebrity spirits of country and western music. Presenting the paranormal legacy behind one of America's oldest and most popular genres, Ghosts of Country Music takes a captivating, in-depth look at legendar Strum a Spooky Banjo, Tip that Ten-Gallon Hat, and Meet Country Music's Greatest Ghosts Jam out to this impressive compilation of haunted hot spots, creepy curses, and celebrity spirits of country and western music. Presenting the paranormal legacy behind one of America's oldest and most popular genres, Ghosts of Country Music takes a captivating, in-depth look at legendary musicians and the places where they perform . . . even after death. Experience true stories of larger-than-life stars--including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash--haunting their favorite homes and stages. Step inside the Music City Center, the Apollo Civic Theatre, Bobby Mackey's Music World, and other iconic venues where ghosts love to roam. Explore the numerous recording studios, record shops, and radio stations that attract paranormal activity. This fascinating book will thrill you with much more than just a catchy tune.


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Strum a Spooky Banjo, Tip that Ten-Gallon Hat, and Meet Country Music's Greatest Ghosts Jam out to this impressive compilation of haunted hot spots, creepy curses, and celebrity spirits of country and western music. Presenting the paranormal legacy behind one of America's oldest and most popular genres, Ghosts of Country Music takes a captivating, in-depth look at legendar Strum a Spooky Banjo, Tip that Ten-Gallon Hat, and Meet Country Music's Greatest Ghosts Jam out to this impressive compilation of haunted hot spots, creepy curses, and celebrity spirits of country and western music. Presenting the paranormal legacy behind one of America's oldest and most popular genres, Ghosts of Country Music takes a captivating, in-depth look at legendary musicians and the places where they perform . . . even after death. Experience true stories of larger-than-life stars--including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash--haunting their favorite homes and stages. Step inside the Music City Center, the Apollo Civic Theatre, Bobby Mackey's Music World, and other iconic venues where ghosts love to roam. Explore the numerous recording studios, record shops, and radio stations that attract paranormal activity. This fascinating book will thrill you with much more than just a catchy tune.

30 review for Ghosts of Country Music: Tales of Haunted Honky Tonks & Legendary Spectres

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    3.5-4 stars The cover for this book immediately caught my eye when I was book browsing. I am a huge fan of older country music, and the paranormal aspects of the book relating to country music intrigued me. Matthew Swayne chronicles the hauntings and ghostly tales of country singers themselves, various venues and homes, recording studios and numerous other places. Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley are three of my favorites, and they all figure prominently in The Ghosts of Country Music. 3.5-4 stars The cover for this book immediately caught my eye when I was book browsing. I am a huge fan of older country music, and the paranormal aspects of the book relating to country music intrigued me. Matthew Swayne chronicles the hauntings and ghostly tales of country singers themselves, various venues and homes, recording studios and numerous other places. Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley are three of my favorites, and they all figure prominently in The Ghosts of Country Music. Swayne thoroughly researched his topic and covers a wide range of subjects. My favorite stories were those related to Johnny Cash and his friends Johnny Horton (who was also a country singer) and Merle Kilgore and the numerous hauntings recorded at Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. I also loved the story about RCA Records in Nashville where anytime Elvis’s name is mentioned, something spooky occurs like strange noises being heard and lights blowing up. For some reason this Elvis story reminded me of the bad luck thespians believe will occur when someone utters the name Macbeth in a theatre. For those interested in the paranormal or others like me who find the book concept enthralling, I definitely recommend this book. I highly enjoyed the various stories and now have a long list of places I want to visit to see if I will experience what others in The Ghosts of Country Music witnessed (though I only want to see the nonthreatening ghosts!). Thanks to Llewellyn Publications and NetGalley for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Disclaimer: ARC via Llewellyn Worldwide and Netgalley I made a nice woman roll her eyes at me this summer. I didn’t mean to; I was answering a question truthfully. It is true that I got interested in Virginia history by reading the ghost folklore collections of L. B. Taylor Jr. And that’s why I love ghost stories, the “true” ones. Well told, they can get interested in history. Swayne’s collection of ghost folklore, dealing with country singers and country music sites, is a pretty good collectio Disclaimer: ARC via Llewellyn Worldwide and Netgalley I made a nice woman roll her eyes at me this summer. I didn’t mean to; I was answering a question truthfully. It is true that I got interested in Virginia history by reading the ghost folklore collections of L. B. Taylor Jr. And that’s why I love ghost stories, the “true” ones. Well told, they can get interested in history. Swayne’s collection of ghost folklore, dealing with country singers and country music sites, is a pretty good collection. It may not be long or even short on American history, but it is full of Country Music History, and will make the person who only has a passing interest in Country Music want to listen to more. The famous people included in the book include Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash. Elvis makes an appearance as well. Famous includes concert venues but also bars and honky tonks. It’s a pretty good collection. The stories are well told and the factual information is present. It’s a great little collection and well worth a read if you are interested in country music or ghost folklore.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Luce

    If you're a fan of ghosts and/or a fan of classic country music then I have a strong feeling you will enjoy this book. Collected here are tales of hauntings from Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis, Johnny Cash and more. Lots of trivia included and a great list of haunted places to visit. This is a quick read. Just under 300 pages. The author presents the stories in an easy to follow format that isn't dry at all. NetGalley ARC received for an honest review. If you're a fan of ghosts and/or a fan of classic country music then I have a strong feeling you will enjoy this book. Collected here are tales of hauntings from Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis, Johnny Cash and more. Lots of trivia included and a great list of haunted places to visit. This is a quick read. Just under 300 pages. The author presents the stories in an easy to follow format that isn't dry at all. NetGalley ARC received for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Just finished it and I loved it, love reading about the lives of the singers as well as the places they hunt,the one thing I did was that I read this at night before going to bed,oh well.its still a perfect read.With that said I would love to say thinks to Netgalley for giving me a chance at reading this book in a change for my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annie Booker

    Interesting read with some good bios about the artists and buildings themselves included

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hazyhazy

    I received a digital copy of this book for review by the publisher Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd (via Netgalley). The title appealed to me for two reasons, an interest in music mythology and the fact I know very little about country music and was interested in finding out more. I warmed to Matthew L. Swayne as a writer very quickly. Given the topic of the book, it would be easy to veer towards one of two extremes, being overly melodramatic or being too tongue in cheek. Swayne walked a steady line betwe I received a digital copy of this book for review by the publisher Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd (via Netgalley). The title appealed to me for two reasons, an interest in music mythology and the fact I know very little about country music and was interested in finding out more. I warmed to Matthew L. Swayne as a writer very quickly. Given the topic of the book, it would be easy to veer towards one of two extremes, being overly melodramatic or being too tongue in cheek. Swayne walked a steady line between the two and there was a gentle humour to his writing. The book is made up of two sections, the first on ghosts of country musicians, and the second on haunted places. Had I been reviewing the book based on the first section I would have rated it more highly – it was far more substantive and relevant to the subject than the second. A lot of the material in the second section was repeated from the first, or only tenuously related. There was also, by the end, an excessive amount of conjecture. Unfortunately, I did not feel that Swayne really had enough material for a full book and he missed some opportunities to create a greater reader investment by providing history and backstories for the places and characters he writes about – on quite a few occasions as I was reading I switched to Wikipedia for further information. I was also not convinced, contrary to his claims on the epilogue, that he had conducted any original research, there seems a remarkable reliance on internet sources and no mention of primary material. It’s a shame because had he interviewed a few people and had the stories been partly told in their words it would have been a much more engaging and less repetitive read. Similarly, visiting some of the places he describes in the book would have made the world of difference in being able to conjure atmosphere and make the writing more compelling. Overall a pleasant enough lightweight read, but with very little take home information.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    I grew up listening to country music, it's my mother and father's favorite genre... besides Christian... so when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out. I love anything to go with ghosts and spirits and plus, it had Elvis! How on Earth could I not read it? Something else that drew me to this book.... most of what is talked about takes place in Nashville, as a Nashville girl, that pulled me in. I've been to a few of the places mentioned in this book when I was younger and it's kind of amaz I grew up listening to country music, it's my mother and father's favorite genre... besides Christian... so when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out. I love anything to go with ghosts and spirits and plus, it had Elvis! How on Earth could I not read it? Something else that drew me to this book.... most of what is talked about takes place in Nashville, as a Nashville girl, that pulled me in. I've been to a few of the places mentioned in this book when I was younger and it's kind of amazing to learn what I did about them. The author makes this book super easy to read and follow and not be bored at all. I flew through it, could not put it down. He goes through a few artists themselves and then through a few places where country music holds a key player. It's a great book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Belle Meri

    This is a delightful little read of folklore and haunting tales related to country music and country music stars. While not as in-depth regarding the ghost stories themselves, the book is still an excellent read for those interested in this aspect of folklore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rhina M. Finley

    Outstanding! Just don't read the the book before going to bed. Matthew L. Swayne third book of ghost stories and folklore is one of the finest in its genre. Outstanding! Just don't read the the book before going to bed. Matthew L. Swayne third book of ghost stories and folklore is one of the finest in its genre.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kris Marasca

    Interesting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd (via Netgalley) in return for an honest, unbiased review. I chose this book to read and review mainly because of my liking for country music and a curiosity I have about ghosts and all things spooky. This is not to say that I actually believe every story featured in the book (or particularly any of them come to that). Following on from his previous books on America’s Haunted Universities and Haunted Rock & Roll, this I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd (via Netgalley) in return for an honest, unbiased review. I chose this book to read and review mainly because of my liking for country music and a curiosity I have about ghosts and all things spooky. This is not to say that I actually believe every story featured in the book (or particularly any of them come to that). Following on from his previous books on America’s Haunted Universities and Haunted Rock & Roll, this time the author concentrates on country and western music stars. From the spirits of Hank Williams, to Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and others, to the venues where they appeared that are supposedly haunted, and even the King (Elvis) who puts in an appearance along the way; this is a well researched and excellently written collection of stories. I must admit to enjoying this journey through the so-called afterlife of country music. For lovers of that style of music and its lost stars, or anyone intrigued by the paranormal, this book will certainly make great appeal.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Drew Martin

    Country music and ghost stories are two things that seem they’d go together like biscuits and gravy. I’m also talking about REAL country music, not the generic pop country passing on country radio stations today. I’m talking about the likes of Johnny Cash, and the greatest of all-time, Hank Williams, Sr. They sang haunted songs about tortured souls made authentic by their own tortured souls. Perhaps these old songs, the folks who sang them, and the genre match well with haunting tales of spooks Country music and ghost stories are two things that seem they’d go together like biscuits and gravy. I’m also talking about REAL country music, not the generic pop country passing on country radio stations today. I’m talking about the likes of Johnny Cash, and the greatest of all-time, Hank Williams, Sr. They sang haunted songs about tortured souls made authentic by their own tortured souls. Perhaps these old songs, the folks who sang them, and the genre match well with haunting tales of spooks and spirits. If they do, it’s not in the pages of Matthew L. Swayne’s 2017 book, Ghosts of Country Music: Tales of Haunted Honky Tonks & Legendary Spectres. I had hopes for this book, but it finds a place on my “so bad I couldn’t finish” shelf... To read the rest of this review go to https://drewmartinwrites.wordpress.co...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I am a huge country music fan. I love ghost stories also. So when I saw a book that brought these two together, I knew that would be the book for me. I was not disappointed. True ghost stories have always held my interest because many times one can learn the history behind the people or the events. Matthew Swayne tells the story of many of the late greats of country music such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline. The stories were well researched and well spun out in thi I am a huge country music fan. I love ghost stories also. So when I saw a book that brought these two together, I knew that would be the book for me. I was not disappointed. True ghost stories have always held my interest because many times one can learn the history behind the people or the events. Matthew Swayne tells the story of many of the late greats of country music such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline. The stories were well researched and well spun out in this book. I found myself intrigued enough to keep turning the pages well into the night. There were even some goosebumps involved. If you like country music and enjoy a good ghost story then please read this book. I received a copy through Netgalley. I chose to write my review based on my interest and enjoyment of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis

    I love country music, and I love a good ghost story. This is a wonderful mix of both. Take a trip into time and read how country's stars passed away and where and what they are haunting now. This book includes several classic country stars. There is a nice mix of all types of places that have experienced strange happenings. The author does a great job of introducing the stories. I also appreciate the fact that Swayne lets you draw your own conclusions about hauntings. *NetGalley, the author, and I love country music, and I love a good ghost story. This is a wonderful mix of both. Take a trip into time and read how country's stars passed away and where and what they are haunting now. This book includes several classic country stars. There is a nice mix of all types of places that have experienced strange happenings. The author does a great job of introducing the stories. I also appreciate the fact that Swayne lets you draw your own conclusions about hauntings. *NetGalley, the author, and the publisher provided me with an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber Miller

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rianna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Morgyn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barry Ephraim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin Powell

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    This is a fun survey of ghostly legends and folklore tied to country music. If you want to read about in-depth scientific investigation of hauntings, this is not the book for you, but it is an interesting read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leila Kern

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Scott

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Stone

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    After living in the South most of my life, there were so many places in this book that made me want to go home and check them out. I really enjoyed this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ray Francies

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