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Foreword by Tanya Tucker. Featuring Exclusive Commentary from Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson. Cast of Characters: Freddy and Catherine Powers, Norma Powers-Marlow, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Paul Buskirk, Coach Darryl Royal, Ann Reynolds, Bill McDavid, Marc Oswald, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, Biff Adams, Mary Sarah, Pauline Reese, Linda Mitchell, Sonny Throckmorton, Joe Gilchrist, John McGinnis Sizing up Powers' influence on country music, Country Music Television has noted that throughout his 50-year career, Powers has "demonstrated a dedication to broadening the perimeters of country & western, particularly in creating a fusion of country honky-tonk and swing jazz. This interest runs throughout Powers' career," while his hometown Austin Chronicle has affectionately concluded that "Powers' name stands alongside some of country music's most enduring classics." Now, for the first time, in the pages of his memoirs, "THE SPREE OF '83," Freddy recounts first-hand the highly-entertaining and emotionally-touching story behind his decades-long roller-coaster ride through the music business, to the top of the charts, and his inspiring struggle in recent years battling Parkinson's disease, all while his legacy endured through generations of fans. Helping Freddy tell his story are exclusive interviews from fellow country music legends WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, The Voice finalist/Powers' protégé Mary Sarah, and hosts of other Nashville luminaries. #RememberFreddy #TheSpreeof83

Review
A freewheeling, often poignant oral history of one of the unsung heroes of Country Music.

--(Stephen L. Betts, Nashville music journalist, Rolling Stone Country 2016-11-30)

[Freddy Powers] was a great rhythm guitar player, and he wrote some great songs with and for Merle.

--(Willie Nelson 2016-11-30)

About the Author
Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Freddy and wife Catherine Powers have been married for over 25 years, with Catherine managing Freddy's career as a prolific performer and songwriter, where he is most celebrated for co-writing numerous # 1 hits for Merle Haggard, notably including such fan favs as "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room Tonight", "I Always Get Lucky With You", "Natural High", and "A Place to Fall Apart" among countless others. Freddy is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Nashville Songwriter s Association International, the Texas Music Academy, and the Texas Guitar Association, the CMA Triple Play Award, and the BMI # 1 Song Award among other coveted distinctions and honors.

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