As a child, Marion Kyzer was fascinated with the steel guitar, and had to learn how to play one. By the time he was a teenager
in the early 1940s, he was playing on the radio in regional South Carolina country music bands, including The Silver Dew Boys, The Hi-Neighbor Boys,
The Blue Ridge Buddies, and the legendary Hired Hands, formerly known as Byron Parker's Hillbillies. By 1950, the Air Force called him away, and
he never returned to playing music.
In this 100+ page book, Mr. Kyzer reflects on his early days playing the steel guitar in country bands, and shares many stories that give
the reader a first hand account of what life was like earning a living as a country music entertainer in the golden days of radio.
The book also contains many old photographs from Mr. Kyzer's personal collection.
If you'd like to hear the music that Mr. Kyzer tells us about, you can purchase a separate CD from Mr. Kyzer's personal collection of
radio transcription recordings from 1949, titled "The 1949 Kyzer Transcriptions, featuring The Hired Hands", narrated by Mr. Kyzer. He
gives us a glimpse into a nearly forgotten era of the country music industry.
The book is available for $15 plus shipping and handling.