This is the revealing portrait of a prolific singer, songwriter, and performer of country music. Mega country music hits like "City Lights" (Ray Price), "Tips of My Fingers" (Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold, Steve Wariner), "Once a Day" (Connie Smith), "Saginaw, Michigan" (Lefty Frizzell), and many more flowed from his pen, making him one of the most decorated songwriters in music history. Then he came to a point in his career when he questioned if what he had to say mattered anymore. Music Row had changed.
This expanded edition of Hall's original 1979 book includes never-before-heard poems and vignettes - read by the author - and new chapters that bring us up to date with Hall as he sits with President Carter, caps his recording career, quits drinking, ponders his legacy, examines the creative process, and retires from the music industry. "If you want to retire, go ahead," he says. "Life will still present innumerable occasions for you to go out and make an ass of yourself."