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Bootlegged Thanks

Thanks for all the “Bootlegged” orders, folks. It’s a lo-fi and on-the-fly live recording of a show the Long Beds and I did at the Big Top. Includes some stories in between songs including the one about me drawing blood from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) on behalf of Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) because, I…I…well, sometimes you gotta help the neighbors.

The Scavengers: Inside the Inside Joke

On page 51 of The Scavengers, Maggie (Ford Falcon) describes her father emerging from the shack wearing his favorite t-shirt, which she describes as blue with an illustration of an old-fashioned door lock on the back, and a key on the front. Later in the book, the blue t-shirt plays a critical role in a significant plot turn.

There really is a t-shirt like that (see the gallery below), but the “H” is an inside joke based on Maggie’s description of a musician slowly going crazy after years of explaining how his name was supposed to be pronounced. Thank you to the real “Bon Hiver” for permission to sneak that little Easter egg into the book.

 

Blind Boys of Alabama Album Now Available

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The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing the gospel since the late 1930s. Last winter they gathered in rural Fall Creek with my neighbor Justin Vernon and recorded a new album. The album is officially available today.

I’m honored to say I was allowed to write the liner notes for the album. Here is how they begin:

All around, the world was white. The snow that winter had fallen in Biblical proportions. Into this clean-slate landscape stepped four blind men from Alabama. They came to sing the Gospel.

Waiting were two midwestern men.

You can read the rest in the album itself.

My heartfelt thanks to the Blind Boys and Justin. This is one of the singular privileges of my writing career.

Blind Boys of Alabama via Fall Creek

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This was recorded just down the road a piece. I got to be a little part of it. I’ll say more when the time comes. It will be released September 30, but you can listen to one track right here right now.

(The link isn’t real obvious, look for the little circled triangle).

Miscellaneous Fall Creek convergence trivia: The Bon Iver song featured on the page linked above floats through the final chapter of Visiting Tom.

Usually I Try To Be More Humble But…

…just this morning it occurred to me that not just one*, but two** of the musicians with whom I have written and recorded music have been nominated for Grammys.

So the pattern is established: If you want your name in a fancy envelope, book your studio time with me now.

*OK, so he was nominated long before we ever met. Technicality.

**Possibly the first time the phrase “from the get-go” was ever used in a Grammy interview.