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Country Music Legend Jean Shepard Releases Book

Jean Shepard 2011 with Kix Brooks
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Country Music Pioneer Jean Shepard is ready to tell her story!

It’s hard to imagine a time when women weren’t having major hits and selling out shows, but long before Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton only a few women had a shot to make Country Music for a major record label.

One of those ground breakers was Jean Shepard, who is still performing regularly on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD-TV’s Country’s Family Reunion Show. Now, the respected Matriarch of the Opry is ready to tell her story in Country Music in a book called Down Through The Years. According to the officical press release from WebsterPR:

Jean Shepard is regarded as a pioneer for women in country music, Shepard was signed to Capitol Records at a time when it was thought women could not sell records. Discovered by Hank Thompson following the success of Kitty Wells, Shepard appeared on the first network Country Music television show, “The Ozark Jubilee.” Jean was also the first female in Country Music to sell a million records, to make a color television commercial and to overdub her voice on recordings.  Shepard’s career has yielded over 45 albums and 70 singles, including “A Dear John Letter,” “Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar),” “Tips of My Fingers” and “Slipping Away,” to name a few. She regularly performs at the Grand Ole Opry and maintains a busy road performance schedule.

 

Down Through The Years, featuring commentary from Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown and more, is available through cfrvideos.com.  Click here to remember a conversation with Jean Shepard the year she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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