Music and the American South — Allman Brothers and More — New, Recent, & Backlist Titles

By Mercer University Press

By Mercer University Press

Something in the Water: A History of Music in Macon, Georgia, 1823-1980

Ben Wynne

$35.00 $32.20

The history of Macon, Georgia, has an exceptional soundtrack, and SOMETHING IN THE WATER provides a lively narrative of the city's musical past from its founding in 1823 to 1980. For generations, talented musicians have been born in or passed through Macon's confines. Some lived and died in obscurity, while others achieved international stardom. From its pioneer origins to the modern era, the city has produced waves of talent with amazing consistency, representing a wide range of musical genres including country, classical, jazz, blues, big band, soul, and rock.

Fix It in the Mix: A Memoir

Paul Hornsby

$20.00 $18.40

FIX IT IN THE MIX is the memoir of Paul Hornsby, acclaimed record producer and musician best known for his work at Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia, during the 1970s. The book is illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from Hornsby’s private collection.

The Music of the Statler Brothers: An Anthology

Don Reid

$29.00 $26.68

An in-depth look at the musical career of The Statler Brothers's 40 year reign as country music's premier group. Lead singer, Don Reid, writes about each song ever recorded by the Grammy Award-winning foursome and gives backstage insight to the writings and the selections of each composition on 45 albums.

The Ragin' Cajun: Memoir of a Louisiana Man

Doug Kershaw

$29.00 $26.68

Doug Kershaw's musical career as a fiddler, songwriter, and singer has spanned more than seventy years. Because of his signature style of music-making and entertaining, Kershaw is considered by many to be a consummate performer and storyteller.

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of the Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)

Michael Buffalo Smith

$24.00 $22.08

THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER utilizes history, personal interviews, and many collected documents to aid in the telling of the story of the humble beginnings and career of the original Southern rock band.

No Saints, No Saviors: My Years with the Allman Brothers Band

Willie Perkins


Willie Perkins left the staid, conservative world of commercial bank auditing to jump headlong into the burgeoning beginnings of The Allman Brothers Band and follows their meteoric and sometimes tragic rise, fall, and revival.

The Allman Brothers Band Classic Memorabilia, 1969-76

Jack Weston and Willie Perkins

$25.00 $23.00

Filled with more than two hundred captioned images, this book chronicles Jack Weston’s collection and other items of The Allman Brothers Band memorabilia from 1969–1976.

From Macon and Jacksonville: More Conversations in Southern Rock

Michael Buffalo Smith


FROM MACON TO JACKSONVILLE features in-depth interviews with many of the stars who came out of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas during the hey-day of Southern Rock.

Capricorn Rising: Conversations in Southern Rock

Michael Buffalo Smith


A collection of interviews with many of the stars, producers, and associates of the 1970s Southern record label, Capricorn, which was founded in the heart of Macon, Georgia in 1969. Author Michael Buffalo Smith has been interviewing the movers and shakers in rock and country music for over twenty-five years, and with this volume, he collects word for word, complete interviews with Capricorn artists including Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, George McCorkle, Bonnie Bramlett, Paul Hornsby, Johnny Sandlin, Chuck Leavell, and many others, providing a glimpse into the early 70s when Southern Rock was born in Macon. CAPRICORN RISING also includes memorials to the two men who founded the Capricorn studio and record label, Phil Walden and Frank Fenter.

Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock

Michael Buffalo Smith


Drawn from literally hundreds of hours of interviews with the author, the book focuses on the "big four"—The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Charlie Daniels Band—while delving into the careers of other great bands like The Outlaws, Bonnie Bramlett, Cowboy, Wet Willie, and Molly Hatchet.

Prisoner of Southern Rock: A Memoir

Michael Buffalo Smith


This is the unlikely story of one Southern boy’s rise from near poverty to a respected Southern music historian, specializing in the sub-genre known as Southern Rock.

A Never-Ending Groove: Johnny Sandlin's Musical Odyssey

Anathalee G. Sandlin


Referred to by the late Jerry Wexler as one of the men most responsible for the Southern Rock sound that came out of Macon, Georgia, in the ’70s, Johnny Sandlin’s music career began in the early ’60s playing with many legendary musicians, including fellow HourGlass band members, Paul Hornsby, Pete Carr, and Gregg and Duane Allman.