David McGee takes an intensive album-by-album look at this influential artist, offering critical appraisal of each recording and a portrait of each album's studio process through interviews with the artist and the producers, engineers, arrangers, and musicians involved. An introductory essay tells the story of Earle's life from his childhood in southwest Texas up to his first studio session. Additional biographical information - including archival and exclusive first-time interviews - reveals the circumstances in Earle's often-tumultuous life at the time of each recording. The book also contains complete session information - dates, producers, engineers, mastering engineers, recording studios, songs and songwriters, and musicians.
David McGee is the senior editor of the recording industry trade publication Pro Sound News, country music editor for barnesandnoble.com, and was an assistant curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He is a veteran Rolling Stone contributor and is represented in all four editions of the Rolling Stone Album Guide. His album liner notes projects include the 2003 release, "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King," notes for a solo piano album by Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack, and timeline and artist profiles for Sony's 25-CD box set celebrating the 100th anniversary of Columbia Records.