Sorry to be away so long, did you miss me?
Time for a little shameless self-promotion again.
For those of you who remember 1978, a little 45 that I recorded and released that year has been anthologized with a massive amount of weird, wonderful stuff on a CD from Ace Records called Rock On. Rock On is the name of a famous record store in London, a collectors' store by which collectors' stores are judged. Somehow, "Big Black Truck" ended up on this compilation, and its heavy-handed slapback echo seems to fit right in alongside such ringers as "Cast Iron Arm" by Peanuts Wilson (a fave of Mitch's and mine from the MCA Rockabillies series), "Linda Lu" by Ray Sharpe and "Slipping and Sliding Sometimes" by Link Davis (Cajun fiddle and bongo drums). If your tastes run toward the darker corners of rockabilly and r 'n' b, then you'll want to own this fine collection as soon as you can convert pounds sterling to yankee dollars.
And for my book-buying friends, there's a new anthology of pieces by musicians and writers from the Carolinas called Making Notes. Sure enough, I'm among the fifty contributors. It's exciting to have my writing considered good enough to make it into a book of this quality. Making Notes will be available to the general buying public Wednesday May 14, and there's a party at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte to mark its release (which I unfortunately won't be able to attend--however, I will be at the one in Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Thursday June 5 at 7:00pm, guitar and Sharpie in tow).
And there may be some more good news in the pipeline, but I will wait until it's a fact and not an apparition.