Writing Fat Man Blues was a labour of love, which has created new friendships across the world. Here are a few of the wonderful people that I have met as a direct result of my book. Tyler DeWayne Moore DeWayne is a history professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Director of the Mount Zion Memorial Fund, a charity that […]
Writing Fat Man Blues was a labour of love, which has created new friendships across the world. Here are a few of the wonderful people that I have met as a direct result of my book.
Tyler DeWayne Moore
DeWayne is a history professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Director of the Mount Zion Memorial Fund, a charity that researches the last resting places of blues singers and then erects a memorial stone.
I’m currently working with DeWayne to write a revised biography of Charley Patton that questions everything that’s ever been written about the blues legend. This will include a biopic movie and (hopefully) a graphic novel.
Steve is a Luthier from Sheffield, who began making guitars as a kind of therapy to help him through some troubled times. Steve had the cool idea to create a compilation album of songs written by artists using guitars that he built.
You can order a download or CD of the album by clicking on the album cover below. All proceeds will go to the Mental Health Foundation.
Here’s an audio clip of Steve telling his story to BBC Radio Sheffield:
Click on the album cover to find out more:
Track #1 is Steve reading ‘Journeyman Blues’, a poem that I wrote for him. The righteous guitar is courtesy of Mudlow.
Click on the image to hear it:
Trevor ‘Babajack’ Steger
Trevor ‘Babajack’ Steger is a Worcestershire blues musician and a genuine nice guy. Check out his debut solo album, “Sawdust Man”.
Tone Tanner & Garrington T. Jones
Garrington’s superb album, Abyssinia, was released in 2018. Tone will be releasing “Duels”, his new EP, sometime in 2019.
Half Deaf Clatch
Half Deaf Clatch is one of two alter egos of Hull musician Andrew McLatchie, a very talented individual and all round top chap. We are collaborating on the Beelzebub Jones Trilogy, and Clatch also narrated my dark nonsense monologue, ‘Thomas Green the Submarine.‘
Ran Walker is one of my favourite writers, and I’m proud to call him my friend. Ran has written novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, microfiction, and poetry. Born in Mississippi, Ran was a great help to me, offering me advice and guidance on the finer points of the dialect of the Mississippi Delta.
Jennifer Sinquefield King lives in Mississippi, and took some very cool photographs of Fat Man Blues at historic blues venues in the Mississippi Delta.
When fellow writer Rita King (daughter of blues legend, BB King) contacted me to wish me luck with my book, I was smiling for about a week.
British photographer Keith Perry sent me some pictures of Fat Man Blues with a National Resonator guitar. Not just any guitar, though. This particular National once belonged to Mississippi bluesman, Booker White, who gave his guitar to Keith in the 1970s. The incredible story of Keith’s friendship with Booker is told in The Legend of Booker’s Guitar