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Those Grand Ole Country Music Stars

By David Liverett

Chinaberry House, 248 pages, $18.95 soft cover

Reviewed by Greg Yost, March 2009

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David Liverett, an Indiana-based illustrator known for his pen and ink work in the pointilism style, has long been associated with music. Not only did he design custom album jackets for artists at a recording studio, but he also compiled a collection of gospel artist portraits that was published nationally in 2005, This Is My Story - 146 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers. Now with the release of his latest collection of portraits, Liverett tackles the world of country.

Although he did not grow up a fan of country, Liverett was exposed to classic country artists through his father - a lifelong country admirer who also enjoyed picking his favorite songs on guitar. This book is dedicated to the artist's father, and you can tell a lot of love and care went into its creation.

Comprised of 217 illustrations, this book covers country artists from legends like Jimmie Rodgers all the way up to newcomers like Chuck Wicks. Each country artist is given a one-page profile featuring Liverett's detailed portrait and a brief biography including career highlights.

The centerpiece of each page is a black and white portrait of the artist. It takes Liverett about 12 hours to complete a portrait, and when considering that he creates these stunning images by "dotting" a page with ink, the level of detail is amazing.

Although there are a lot of great facts and pieces of trivia in this book, it is by no means a complete country music resource guide. Rather, it is snapshot of major figures in country music history and a vehicle to showcase Liverett's impressive work as an illustrator.