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Tales of a Receding Hairline

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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Poetry (2016)
Prolific Americana songwriter and poet, K.W. Peery, author of Tales of a Receding Hairline, writes about his personal life experiences. As he grapples with morality and mortality, the unvarnished truth is breathtakingly obvious. His unapologetic vulnerability is neatly embedded within each work. He has an innate ability to dig up his past and offer it to the reader as if they were sitting across the table having a conversation with him.

116 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2016

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K.W. Peery

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Prolific Americana songwriter and poet, K.W. Peery, is the author of 'Tales of a Receding Hairline', 'Purgatory' and 'Wicked Rhythm'.

'Tales of a Receding Hairline' was a semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards - Best in Poetry 2016.

Peery is a regular contributor in the Australia Times Poetry Magazine.

He writes about his personal life experiences. Grappling with morality and mortality, the unvarnished truth is breathtakingly obvious. His unapologetic vulnerability is neatly embedded within each work. He has an innate ability to dig up his past and offer it to the reader as if they were sitting across the table having a conversation with him.

Peery is most well known as a founding member of the Marshall/Peery Project. This collaboration produced four critically acclaimed studio albums from 2005 to present.
The Marshall/Peery Project frequently appear on the Roots Music Report and Americana Charts. Their songs are in regular rotation in the United States, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Credited as a lyricist and producer, Peery's work appears on more than a dozen studio albums over the past decade.

Booking Contact:
Peery Brothers LLC

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197 reviews14 followers
June 6, 2016
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. My opinion is just that...mine...and completely unbiased.

Like sitting in a bar with a cigarette in one hand, and a drink in the other, listening to music that touches your soul. There is a beauty in the sometimes heart-wrenching thoughts that flow on these pages. Worth every nerve-jangling word!!
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961 reviews18 followers
June 27, 2016
I won this book through Goodreads. I loved these poems. Big fan of poetry and these were really great.
November 4, 2016
Breathtakingly honest. This is a twisted journey of love and loss.
Among his peers, Peery is considered one of the greatest lyricists in Americana music history.
'Tales of a Receding Hairline' gives the reader a brief glimpse into the soul of an underground songwriting legend. With two collections released in 2016, it's safe to say Peery is one of the most prolific writers in North America. In a recent interview, on the 'Let's Chat Podcast', Peery announced plans for a third collection, 'Wicked Rhythm', that will be released in May of 2017. Five Stars.
13 reviews11 followers
February 24, 2016
K.W. Peery’s Tales of a Receding Hairline has a very unique feel to it. This collection isn’t the classic idea of poetry, there is an atmosphere to the book similar to that you would find in a blues bar somewhere in America’s Deep South. It is a collection written in the hand of experience, and definitely betrays his long relationship with music. In short, if I didn’t already know through my research that Peery is a prolific lyricist and music producer, I would have guessed after the first couple of poems. So let us set something straight.

If you are looking for classic literary devices, if you are the sort of poetry fan who is interested in form, enjambment, and recognised poetic techniques, then you will be looking in the wrong place. But let us not mistake this for bad poetry. For a minute let us all suspend our expectations of what a poem looks like. For a little while, forget how high-brow poetry enthusiasts tell you a poem should read. Just get to your drinks cabinet and pour yourself a Jack on the rocks and enjoy.

It isn’t clear exactly who this poetry collection would be for. I can imagine it raising a few eyebrows in some literary circles, and perhaps as poetry, some people would doubt its literary value. I think for the first time in a while, this is a collection that is accessible to everyone, and us perhaps more aimed at lovers of music, as opposed to lovers of literature. The more I read it, the more I wonder if my parents would like it. Neither of them poetry fans, but both of them appreciate American music. So I have come to that conclusion. Peery has released an album, just in literary form.
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475 reviews36 followers
June 4, 2016
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Tales of a Receding Hairline is a collection of poems that show us the life of a guy that is truly down on his luck. This entire collection has a deep, deep south feel to it. While I was reading, I was imagining dive bars, trailer parks, the open plain, and the smell of moonshine. The old rock 'n' roll side definitely kicked in too! For someone who doesn't enjoy poetry, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I kept imagining them as songs, not to mention they rolled right off of the tongue (highly recommend reading them out loud). But one band stuck in my mind when reading, Old Crow Medicine Show. Each poem would sound absolutely amazing if performed by them. K.W. Peery does an amazing job of incorporating his songwriting skills into his poetry. Some of my favorites included Born to Trouble, Darkness, and Drifter!
Ball is in your court now Peery, we need another collection!
Special thanks to K.W. Peery for sending me a copy of Tales of a Receding Hairline via Goodreads Giveaways!
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December 14, 2019
Classic story-telling by a fantastic writer with a wholly original voice! You can't go wrong with any of K.W. Peery's works. Highly recommended!!
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December 24, 2017
I don't usually read poetry

I decided to give it a shot being that it was one of the 2016 favorites on good reads. This poetry is not bad by any means. However, if you can't connect with the topics it can be hard to gain what you should out of the poems. The poems had a very boozy bluesy feel of a songwriter/veteran who has dealt with a lot of pain and also possibly a lot of drugs. Which i have very little experience in. That being said. I liked "hurt held her" and really liked "painted wings."
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