I was a bachelor for 39 years. Pretty poor batting record relationship-wise. Back around the time Population 485 came out, my friend Gene burned a series of CDs for me to play on book tour. I recently uncovered one of them in a dusty corner. As you can see by the cover Gene chef’d up he’s a physical therapist, not a graphic designer. But you can also see he possesses a pitiless sense of humor.
Lonesome Day Blues — Bob Dylan
Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room — Dwight Yoakam
Long on Lonely — Randy Travis
High Lonesome Sound –Vince Gill
Walkin’ the Streets Alone — The Marshall Tucker Band
Alone So Far — Old 97’s
One and Only — Texas Tornados
Lonely Weekends — Tom Petty
Lonely Yukon Stars — Riders In the Sky
Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie — Riders in the Sky
News from the Eaux Claires music and arts festival: Justin Vernon and author Michael Perry co-sign 50 copies of Perry’s book, Population 485. “This book specifically and devastatingly defines the admiration and deep relationship I have for and with northwestern Wisconsin,” says Justin Vernon. Email Pop485@eauxclaires.com with a copy of your two-day ticket receipt and you will be entered for a chance to win one of these signed books! Festival site with additional photo and more details here.
Throughout The Jesus Cow tour, folks have been asking about Tom from Visiting Tom. My younger daughter and I visited him just the other day. We had a good visit in the kitchen. He’s doing well. He misses Arlene. Both things at once.
I’ve never had someone capture my feelings about a book the way Dan Huiting did in this video (and that DeYarmond Edison soundtrack is so sweetly matched):
And then there was the time someone asked Tom to shoot their silo down:
Food writer “girlichef” wrote a review of The Jesus Cow based on the food in the novel, and even went so far as to create a recipe for the lentil soup (with sausage and tomatoes) that Mindy makes for Harley. This sort of thing makes my day–you just never know what the typing will lead to.