25 October 2011
The Ledger

Among his North Lakeland neighbors, Kent Westberry is best known for a mean pitcher of fruit tea.

Step into his foyer, and he'll offer a glass. Step farther into his home, and the man's reputation changes completely.

There, packed into two spare rooms, sits the evidence of a life entrenched in music — 18,000 records; autographs of famous singers; and a scrapbook filled with photos of him and his wife, Dale, alongside people such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn.

Kent Westberry, 72, isn't just a collector. His life intertwined with those famous names for years when he lived in Nashville as a songwriter. And while his music can be found on records by Dolly Parton and The Beatles and is in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Westberry keeps a low profile.

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