Win A Long Gone Daddies Audiobook

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse RockDo you love Memphis? Are you crazy about rock ‘n roll? Do blues beats dictate the rhythm of your soul?

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry gets down with audiobooks.

Then you need to enter our Blues Trivia Contest for a chance to win copies of the Long Gone Daddies audiobook by David Wesley Williams, narrated by David Kudler. According to singer-songwriter John Gorka, “Long Gone Daddies is a story that sings. This tale of a struggling band unfolds in the places where my favorite music was born. But like a good song, it transcends the particular. It conjures Maxwell Perkins’s idea that one of the great themes in literature is a man’s pursuit of his father, and Utah Phillips’s line that ‘the past didn’t go anywhere.’ ”


Jimmie Rodgers says, “Enter Now!”

Visit the Blair website for complete instructions and guidelines for entry. The Long Gone Daddies audiobook is available for purchase through and

A little music for your Monday

For those of you who were introduced to Memphis Mayor Pete Pigg, our favorite politician from Blake Fontenay’s novel, The Politics of Barbecue, last week (either at Southern Festival of Books or through Jim Shahin’s column at the Washington Post),  we’ve got something special for you: a playlist of Mayor Pigg’s favorite tunes, which usually appear in the book as ringtones on his mobile phone.


“Music From the Crooked Road” is heading your way

The Crooked Road is a 253-mile stretch of highway that connects the Virginia Piedmont with the Cumberland Mountains in the state’s southwestern corner. It’s Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, an officially designated driving route that leads visitors to some of the best traditional mountain music to be found.

But you won’t have to trek down the southwestern Virginia for a taste of old-time bluegrass and mountain gospel–the show is coming to you!

The National Council for the Traditional Arts is sponsoring a multi-artist traveling road show currently touring the East Coast. The tour, Music From the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia,  celebrates the living musical culture of the region, which today not only survives, but thrives. The artists performing on this tour link the past, present and future of these deep American traditions and include legendary banjo player and leader of The Lonesome River Band Sammy Shelor, mountain ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, the old-time banjo and fiddle of Kirk Sutphin & Eddie Bond, renowned luthier and flatpicker Wayne Henderson, old time family band The Whitetop Mountain Band, and No Speed Limit. 
Many of the shows have already passed, but you can still catch the last leg of the tour at these spots:


But if you can’t attend these shows, you can check out A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail by Joe Wilson. Not only does the book give you historical insight into major stops along the highway, but it’s paired with two CDs of that old-time, bluegrass, Piedmont blues, Anglo-American ballads, and Appalachian gospel music that made the area famous, including songs by some of the musicians on tour. A few minutes of listening to these cds will have you sipping sweet tea on your front porch and imagining the sunset over the Appalachian mountains. Enjoy!