Michael Kosser came to Nashville to write songs in 1971 and enjoyed a songwriting career that included recordings by country stars like George Jones, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Barbara Mandrell, Marty Robbins, The Kendalls, Blake Shelton, and Josh Gracin. He has written twenty published books and was a senior editor at American Songwriter Magazine, where he wrote a column, “Street Smarts,” for more than twenty years. Kosser has also written extensively for Variety, the Nashville news media, and various other music publications. He and his wife, Gina, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alan Stoker is the son of Gordon Stoker, of the Jordanaires quartet. He’s a Grammy-winning audio engineer, a musician/vocalist, and a music historian. As a musician/vocalist, he’s backed up beach music legend Clifford Curry and Sam Moore of the Stax Records duo Sam and Dave. He’s also recorded with prog-rock group McKendree Spring and E Street Band bassist Gary Tallent. He’s opened shows for Ray Charles and his orchestra, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon band, the Tams, Crystal Gayle, and others.
He’s the long-time legendary archivist for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. He’s preserved some of the earliest recordings of the biggest names in music. Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash are just a few of the artists whose recordings Stoker has been involved with. His work is credited on close to one hundred commercially released products, including Hank Williams Mother’s Best Flour Show, The Patsy Cline Collection, The Bristol Sessions: Historic Recordings from Bristol, Tennessee, and the Grammy award–winning Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945–1970.
Stoker has appeared in numerous documentaries as a music historian. He’s a twenty-year member of the National Recording Preservation Board at the Library of Congress.