Hal Bynumís first book, entitled The Promise, breaks new ground for him. Along with the lyrics to Bynum's well known songs from all three of his albums, the book also carries a series of autobiographical short stories about Halís life growing up in rural west Texas, and his experiences in the Nashville music business in later years.
Here Bynum reveals sides of himself we havenít seen before. Ambitious and alcoholic, driven and self-destructive, caring and callous, Bynum is scathing in his self-honesty. When this honesty is then turned on the music business itself, there are even more surprises. Youíll see first hand how record companies pressure their recording artists in "Ray Price, 1972," and how petty personal pride can undermine the fate of a song, a record and even a recording artist in, "Chains, Chains, Shackles and Chains." Youíll go back stage with Hal as an insecure young songwriter visiting with Buddy Holly, Jim Reeves, Ferlin Husky and Johnny Cash, in "Fair Park Auditorium, 1956," or meet a young Willie Nelson in "St. Louis, 1977 - Ft. Worth, 1954."
One can interpret the title The Promise on many levels. Does it refer to the young writerís promising future, the promise of country music itself, or is it the promise of salvation that somehow comes through when the chaos of Bynumís early years is juxtaposed against the wisdom of his later life? Weíre left to ponder this and many questions as we come to the end of this book, and like the CD, we journey with the poet, and "wonder how many seasons (we) have left."
Over the last few years, Bynumís spoken word recordings have found a deep and loyal following in America and the world beyond, as more and more thoughtful people discover his profound and unique style of self-expression: his art. Is it country? Yes, but itís also much, much more.
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Already a songwriter of great stature and popular appeal, having written songs like, "Lucille," recorded by Kenny Rogers, "Chains," by Patty Loveless, "Papa Was a Good Man," by Johnny Cash, "There Ainít No Good Chain Gang," by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, "Nobodyís Fool," by Jim Reeves, and "The Old, Old House," recorded by such varied artists as George Jones, Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, Hal Bynum made his mark on country music long ago. With the release of his third album as a solo artist, The Promise, and a book by the same name, Bynum extends his craft and solidifies his stature as a writer of remarkable talent and as a performer with unusual sensitivity and depth.Review:
"Hal Bynum’s work stands with the likes of Sandburg or Robert Frost. It’s regional and universal at once. -- Joey Reynolds, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio Personality; WOR Talk Radio New York, NY.
"The best book about the business I’ve ever read, maybe the best BOOK I’ve ever read period." -- Fred Foster, Nashville Producer and Record Executive
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