The book and film is to be a memoir of Gary Chris Christensen III on his life growing up with his dad Chris Christensen I
and his mother Mickey and their ventures in the L.A. music scene. The story goes from the corn fields of Iowa to working in
the jukebox and coin machine industry of Southern California, buying and running country music honky-tonks such as the
C&M Corral Nightclub with live music and dancing to the now infamous Red Barrel Nightclub (home of the first ACM Awards Dinner.) Taking tips from Billy and Tommy Thomas owners of the Palomino nightclub and then taking their house band (The
Jerry Inman band). Met and became good friends with musicians singer/songwriter Eddie Miller ("Please Release Me") and
local Disk Jockey and singer/songwriter himself Tommy Wiggins.
Where upon in 1964 they became the founding members of the Academy of Country and Western Music Assoc. Chris Jr.
said, "My mom and dad really wanted to recognize the hard working musicians around Southern California and what was
becoming known as the "Bakersfield Sound". Prior to this country music was referred to as "Shit kicking music" due to a
lot of fights over booze and pretty girls. These musicians didn't get much in the way of publicity, fame or pay checks that the
artist from Nashville were receiving."
Early on Mickey had hired employee Fran Boyd who was married to Bill Boyd then production manager of Dick Clark
Productions. In 1969 Dick Clark became the MC of the 4th annual awards show and dinner. Soon Dick Clark took the
show to TV and the world and from Los Angeles. The ACM Award Show eventually landed and now resides at the MGM
Grand in Las Vegas. Dick Clark Productions has been a huge part of taking country music and the "Bakersfield sound"