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Saving Stories: Afternoons With Darrell (Paperback)
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"Saving Stories: Afternoons with Darrell", is a story inside a story. When writer Dana Knox Wright moved to a small town in Texas, she began to hear bits and pieces of stories about an old songwriter in town who once wrote a number one hit for George Strait. With a passion for bringing old things back to life, she sought out Darrell Staedtler. She found him aging, in declining health and very much without an audience. She asked if he would tell her his stories and he did. They spent hours together in the summer of 2013, as stories poured out of Darrell---stories about playing the blues during desegregation. About sitting in Patsy Cline's living room as she listened to his songs. About a day spent with Burl Ives. Stories about growing up poor. About a Nashville writing contract and a hit song before finishing college. "Saving Stories" is a collection of Darrell Staedtler's stories. But It is also the story of an unlikely friendship between an old songwriter who needed an audience and a middle-aged writer who needed a purpose.