Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story, Diane Diekman's biography of country
music legend Faron
has been officially released in Nashville, Tennessee.
a 1968 graduate of Clear Lake
High School, spent seven years researching Young's life and writing
The book combines an account of his public career with a revealing, intimate portrait of his
famous for such hits as "Hello Walls" and "It's Four In the Morning," founded Music
during his tenure as Nashville businessman and country music
elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000, four years after his suicide.
to Paul Kingsbury, editor of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, "Diekman has done
a thorough job that there is unlikely ever to be another Faron Young biography to compete with it.
uncovered a great deal of information that will be news to even Faron Young's most
fans and friends."
Ernest Tubb Record Shop was the scene of the November 10th celebration.
Deputies, Young's band for forty years, entertained the audience in the Texas
Theater, which was filled to capacity.
calls the evening "a dream come true." She says, "When I committed to writing Faron's
in 1999, I never doubted it would happen. I didn't know anybody or know how to write a
but I knew I'd get it written and published, and I set 2007 as my target date. I also wanted to
a show with a Deputy band for Faron's book release party. And it happened!"
generations of musicians came together for the first time ever. Darrell McCall, a Deputy in
drove from Texas to headline the evening, which culminated
in the WSM Radio broadcast of
Deputy reunion on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree.
who identified sixty band members during her research, read all the names on the air. Faron's son,
Young, opened the evening's performance with his bluegrass band, Nextakin.
Ray Emmett, bass player
and frontman for the Country Deputies, says, "We had a great time on Saturday
night and it was really cool to have a full house. People came from all over the country."
He was thankful "for the
chance to play some Faron Young music one last time."
Diekman and her daughter
Amanda were joined for the weekend by Diekman's sister, Lorraine Paver of
Clear Lake, and daughter
April, who attends Great Plains Lutheran
High School in Watertown.
Paver are the daughters
of Mildred Diekman of Clear Lake.
A retired U.S. Navy captain,
Diekman has written two other books, A Farm in the Hidewood: My South
Dakota Home and Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born.
She is currently working
on the biography of country singer Marty Robbins.