Barry Mazor is a music journalist and the author of Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, winner of Belmont University's Best Book on Country Music award in 2010. He has written regularly for the Wall Street Journal and he is a former senior editor and columnist for No Depression magazine.
On Celine Dion
- “Celine Dion is investing primary narcissism with a voice"
- Quoted in Let's Talk about Love (2014) by Carl Wilson, p. 67
On cowboy music vs. country music
- "Back when the singing cowboy movies ruled, Hollywood hardly made a distinction between the sound of the cowboy pop balladeers and harmonizing groups and another sound entirely, born in Texas, in which Jimmie Rodgers had a formative role."
- Mazor, Barry (2012). Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century. Oxford University Press. pp. 143-144. ISBN 0199891869.
On Jerry Lee Lewis
- There have been many great performers, but only four great stylists—Al Jolson, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
- As quoted in Meeting Jimmie Rodgers : How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century (2009) by Barry Mazor, p. 347
On Floyd Tillman
- "High stakes were fully apparent as Floyd Tillman's era-defining 'I Love You So Much It Hurts' and 'Slipping Around' became massive hits, as recorded by Floyd Tillman, by cowboy pop singer Jimmy Wakely, and by many others."
- Mazor, Barry (2014). Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music. Chicago Review Press. pp. 228.
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