December 18, 1995 12:00 PM

by Paul Kingsbury

In this affectionate tribute to country music and the radio show that made it famous, Kingsbury traces the Nashville sound from Hank and Patsy through Garth and Mary Chapin. Diehards will revel in the Opry trivia, while denim-and-diamonds dilettantes may simply want to linger over the backstage photos. Whether you’re a longtime fan or just a country-come-lately, it’ll get you humming. (Villard $40)

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