The Spree of ’83, country music book review

The Spree of ’83


I’ve heard of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson; most people have. However, I never heard of Freddy Powers until I read this book. Both of those country music stars were close friends with Freddy Powers, a fellow singer-songwriter. Tanya Tucker, also a good friend, wrote the Foreword for the book. Tucker met him after Parkinson’s had taken a strong hold on his body, but he was able to sing an entire chorus of “Delta Dawn” for her. His mind remained sharp while his body failed him. Powers also played guitar before his failing health stopped him.


Friends and family made it possible for Freddy and his wife Catherine to travel around the country on a bus, stopping to perform while he still could, and stopping to watch others perform when he could no longer perform. The Marines honored him as a veteran, and country music stars honored him as an artist.


This book consists of brief narratives by those who knew him best, collated and supplemented by Jake Brown, who spent a year talking with Freddy before he lost the power of speech.


The typos and poor grammar can be annoying, especially for a recovering English teacher like me. On the other hand, those errors serve to preserve the natural voices of the people who knew Freddy Powers.


It’s well worth reading.


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DISCLAIMER: I have not received any form of compensation for this review, other than one digital copy of the book.