Lord of the Mountain
Albert Whitman, 2018
Ever since Nate Owens saw a needle glide across a 78-rpm record, he’s been fascinated by the science and beauty of music. Before long, he was devouring Popular Science magazines and making his own crystal set radio.
Now it’s the summer of 1927. Music producer Ralph Peer is coming to Nate’s hometown of Bristol, Tennessee, and there’s no way Nate is going to miss the chance to get inside the studio. The only problem is, Nate’s preacher father hates music—forbidding it in his home and his church. So when he finds out Nate’s been hanging around musicians like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, he comes down hard. With nothing left for Nate at home, he decides to take off in search of answers to his family’s troubled past.
Set during the “big bang” of country music, this beautiful novel tells one boy’s journey of self-discovery at a moment when an entire region was finding its voice for the first time.
“With the birth of country music as his backdrop, a boy searches for music’s place in his family’s troubled history.... The real history melds seamlessy with Nate’s family story, and the emotions ring true.... A solid, worthwhile read.”