Country singer to sign memoir

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 23, 2015

Marie Norway, who had a career in country music, first in New England, and then in Nashville, will be at Literary Bookpost Thursday, Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Norway’s book, “It Started with a Dare,” is a memoir of her life on the road and a reminiscence of how her career and family developed.

She started singing in a different world. John and Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The country was embroiled in the Vietnam War.

But there were plenty of supper clubs, country music venues, bars and stages that needed talent, so Norway performed all over New England and the Midwest. She and Emmylou Harris met and found they had a lot in common.

She ended up moving to Nashville to pursue her music and was able to meet Charlie Pride and Skeeter Davis, among others.

In her book and on her website,, she has listed most of her performances and their venues. She lists all her TV appearances and the various members of her bands over the years.

Norway tells stories about what it was like to get started and how tough her decision was to perform and leave her three boys at home.

She writes little of her personal life, and mentions that near the end of her book, saying she was not very good at relationships. But she has been married for 22 years now.

Norway is excited to reach out to old friends and make new ones through her stories of her life in country music.