Monday, July 27, 2020


"The silence of a falling star/lights up a purple sky"

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
Our book website is up! Click here.

Bobby Braddock and I were interviewed about the book by Paul Leslie on The Paul Leslie Hour podcast. Bobby's episode is first, then mine. Click here.

Also, my interview with Ken Scott on WLOC, a worldwide radio station, will be aired Thursday, July 30 from 11-12  EST. Bobby's songs will be featured (That will be a treat!). Download the TuneIn app on your mobile device to get WLOC.

The book is selling well! It keeps selling out on, but is replenished quickly.

Since we couldn't have the book signings we had planned--one at the Country Music Hall of Fame--I can only say, thank goodness for the internet!


Monday, July 20, 2020

Country Music's Greatest Lines: Lyrics, Stories & Sketches from American Classics

Here it comes again...the book we're so proud of, Country Music's Greatest Lines, written by Bobby Braddock and illustrated by little ole me. 

Yes, I know I've told you about it before,but this is a reminder. It is sold in bookstores and online at,,, and Anyone who likes country music will LOVE this book! It's a peek inside the creation of some of your favorite songs, plus 81 illustrations by, as I said, little ole me.


Saturday, July 18, 2020

John Lewis, American Hero

I am old enough to vividly remember the Civil Rights struggle, and to see the brave, nonviolent activists stand up against vicious racism. Notable among them was a young John Lewis. I drew this portrait of him a few years ago, feeling that his history, courage and determination are written upon his face. He fought the good fight. May he rest in peace.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Grand Tetons, 10x8 Oil Painting on Canvas, Western Landscape

With everything going on with our new book Country Music's Greatest Lines, I am having to paint when I get a chance. I finally finished this one, a scene from our driving trip around the West. It was a beautiful view of the Grand Tetons (translation is "Big Breasts").

Now back to shameless self-promotion of the book I illustrated, written by Bobby Braddock, with 81 illustrations by me. Sold out a couple of times on Amazon, but it is available today. Also, check your local bookstore.


Sunday, July 12, 2020

What a Week!

Taylor Swift in "Love Story" video

This is a sneak peek at an illustration I did in collaboration with Bobby Braddock in our new book Country Music's Greatest Lines. Just this week we have had interviews and articles in Nashville Scene and Rolling Stone, plus an article in Billboard about Bobby's song He Stopped Loving Her Today, recognized as the most honored country song of all time. 

Amazon has sold out a couple of times, but books are available there again, also at,, and your local bookstore.

Here are some blurbs about our book:

“One of country music’s greatest songwriters has given us his own private tour of the collective genius of his profession.  I read his book, then I realized how much wonderful music I’ve missed.”
-Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and host of the Revisionist History podcast

“This is the best book about songs and songwriters I’ve ever read.  Bobby Braddock lived the history he writes about, which is really what makes this so compelling.”
-Bart Herbison, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International

“Braddock and Beecher evoke the mythology of country without sentimentalizing the music or its creators.  It’s a remarkable achievement...It also sent me to a dozen records I wanted to hear immediately.”
Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene

“A firsthand witness to some of Nashville’s most iconic songwriting moments.”
-Rolling Stone

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Country Music's Greatest Lines

In further shameless self-promotion, this is the back cover of Country Music's Greatest Lines: Lyrics, Stories & Sketches from American Classics, which I illustrated in collaboration with the author, Bobby Braddock. The blurb endorsing the book is by the awesome author, Malcolm Gladwell.