Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
My high school required students to attend cheering sessions ("pep rallies") for the football team. The only redeeming quality of a pep rally was the school's excellent marching band. Accidentally they educated me in one of the great pillars of rhythm & blues: Chris Kenner's 'Land of 1,000 Dances.' The marching-band version (like this one) … Continue reading Land of a Thousand Versions
A very brief introduction in Three Songs I Can't Stop Listening To. Second in a series. Dick Heckstall-Smith called Cyril Davies a "fully fledged genius." And like many geniuses, Davies was magnificent, and extreme, and died young. He was in the British blues scene from the very first and blew through it like a hurricane. Yet … Continue reading Three Essential Songs: Cyril Davies