Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Roy and the Remainders

Roy Blount Jr. tours for a good cause

April 22, 2010 Humorist and Vandy grad Roy Blount Jr., who is known both for his writing and for his NPR appearances on shows like Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me and A Prairie Home Companion, is on tour with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a garage band made up of bestselling writers Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, and Mitch Albom. The band, founded in the early nineties, performs only once a year, on average, and not always with the same cast. (Sometime band members include Maya Angelou and Ridley Pearson, among others.) Now in the middle of an east-coast tour, dubbed the 2010 Wordstock Tour, the Remainders are raising money for Haitian relief. Yesterday, Barry, Turow, and Blount spoke with Melissa Block of NPR’s All These Considered. Click here to learn what Blount, who plays no instrument, actually does onstage.