Mark Guarino's new book, Country and Midwestern: Chicago in the History of Country Music and the Folk Revival, is out.
This book eloquently, and with painstaking research, shines a light on the great tradition of country and folk music in Chicago. Before there was the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville there was Chicago Barn Dance. I am mentioned and quoted in the paragraphs on the Sundowners at the Bar Double R in the Loop. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo189272905.html