Located in the Music Library Reference Section, in MALIC, Jardine Hall room 313


The Encyclopedia of Country Music  REF ML102.C7 E54 1998
Composed primarily of biographical entries, with brief listings of representative recordings, there are also some entries for terms and organizations along with some much longer essays on topics in country music.  Artists not listed individually are often found under their associated band/group.  This also contains a notable number of black and white photos.

Country Music: the Encyclopedia (Stambler) REF ML102.C7 S7 1997
This is a biographical dictionary with lengthy articles on musical personalities and bands, also listing awards and a bibliography.

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music  REF ML102.P66 G84 1995
In 6 volumes, this work is an extensive compilation of biographical articles on groups and artists in popular music (including country).  The 6th volume contains a bibliography by artist and an index for locating individuals within groups.  The 3rd edition is located in the music library, while the 1st and 2nd editions are available to check out from Ablah Library, 2nd floor.

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary  REF ML106.U3 A5
Though dated, the 4th edition provides brief biographical information for composers and lyricists who are not often listed elsewhere (especially noted for its coverage of lesser-known lyricists).  Previous editions are located in Ablah library, 2nd floor circulating collection.

American Women Songwriters (Grattan)  REF ML106.U3 G73 1993
This provides biographical information on women songwriters in various genres, but has a chapter specific to country music.


Updated: June 06, 2012
Rachel Crane, Music/Fine Arts Librarian