Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

David Wesley Williams

Father Knows Best

A Blue Grass Boy’s memoir of life on the road with the great Bill Monroe

Bass player Mark Hembree’s On the Bus with Bill Monroe is a story about life on the road with a legendary musician, a legendarily complex man, and his hard-driving music.

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Storytellers with Loud Guitars

Capturing the Drive-By Truckers on the page

Music journalist Stephen Deusner’s Where the Devil Don’t Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers chronicles an enduring band’s unlikely rise and wild ride.

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Lucille’s Better Half

Blues legend B.B. King gets the royal treatment from biographer Daniel de Visé

Daniel de Visé’s King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King chronicles a life, traces a sound, and tells a story worthy of its iconic subject. Daniel de Visé will discuss the book at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville on October 5. 

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Americanaland the Beautiful

John Milward’s survey of Americana music positively sings

John Milward’s Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock ‘n’ Roll connects the musical notes, from Jimmie Rodgers to John Prine and far beyond.

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Strange Things Happening

Larry D. Thacker’s fictional Labor County brims with the weird and wondrous

Larry D. Thacker’s short story collection Working It Off in Labor County creates a small world where wild-hair notions are the norm and the odd miracle is not out of the question. Thacker will appear with Shuly Xóchitl Cawood and Ciona Rouse at a virtual event hosted by East Tennessee State University on March 3.

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Memphis Calling

Robert Gordon revisits his rollicking tale of a revolutionary musical city

Robert Gordon’s It Came From Memphis celebrates wild times and transformative music by shining a light on the likes of Furry Lewis, Mud Boy and the Neutrons, Big Star, disc jockey Dewey Phillips, and wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

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