I just have to come right out and say it. I have been having the time of my life on this book signing tour for my latest work, Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock (Mercer University Press). Seeing so many friends, both old and new, having some laughs and reminiscing about the history of good ol’ Southern rock.
I need to give a major shout out to my Mercer University Press buds, including Mary Beth, Marsha and Marc.Also a big one to Kathie Bennett for help with the first leg of the tour.
The tour started in my home town of Spartanburg, SC on Friday, January 30th at the super groovy Hub City Bookshop downtown. Anne Waters and the gang really made me feel at home. I was blessed to have two of my dear old friends as my special guests- Franklin Wilkie (former bassist for The Marshall Tucker Band, currently with the very excellent Zataban); and Justin McCorkle (son of Marshall Tucker founding member George McCorkle and leader of his own Justin McCorkle Band).
We had a great turnout including one of my oldest friends, Larry Whitfield and his family; Paula Powers, who sang on my second album and is a dear friend; most of The Silver Travis Band; and many other friends, old and new. We had a ball doing a Q&A session with the audience.
The very next night we were in Greenville, SC at Joe’s Place Bookshop & Wine Bar on South Main Street. Becky and the gang are the best. Once again, Justin McCorkle was kind enough to be my special guest. I loved this place so much, we have returned many times since. Two words: “wine tasting.” I was glad to see several friends, including my doctor and friend Lori Malvern, and getting to meet her husband and child was very cool.
On Saturday, February 7th we were in Tryon, NC at The Book Shelf for a signing. Big thanks to Penny Padgett for hosting us. She even served refreshments. I used to live in Tryon and worked at both the newspaper and the radio station, and I always get a special feeling when I am up there in the mountains. Again Frank Wilkie and Justin McCorkle honored me by being my guests, and I got to see several old friends, including the singer Fayssoux McLean. (Formerly with Emmylou Harris. I highly recommend Fayssoux’s latest album!) After the signing me and Colleen Knights and Justin hit up Sidestreet Pizza, a great place I used to go to a lot when I worked up there. (The white pizza rocks.) We had a ball.
I would not do another book signing until March 21st when Rick Cash and I took the highway (get it?) to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Look for a detailed Road Trip story with photos in the next Kudzoo Magazine.
After a full day of fun at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound and a private tour of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame by my friend and museum curator Dick Cooper, we made it down to Coldwater Books in Tuscumbia. Big thanks go out to Sandi Hendrix at the bookstore. I must say, it is quite a beautiful place, and we were treated very nicely. My special guests for this signing included Scott Boyer (Cowboy), Jay Johnson (Skinny Molly, The Rossington Band, Blackfoot, Southern Rock Allstars) and Dick Cooper (Shoals photographer, historian and curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame).We had a light turnout, but I want to personally thank the folks who came out. And me and the guests had a ball catching up!
Last week we were back in Greenville, SC at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, March 26th to participate on a panel discussion and signing called “Men of the South Meet Women of Asheville.” Talk about fun! Also on the panel were Carl T. Smith (Matthew's Island) and Jeffrey Stayton (This Side of the River); along with Asheville authors Jamie Mason (author of Monday's Lie and Three Graves Full); Megan Shephard (author of The Madman's Daughter YA trilogy, including new book A Cold Legacy); and Katherine Howe (author of the YA novel Conversion). A big ol’ thanks to Jill Hendrix who runs the store and does a great job moderating a panel! I really loved meeting the other authors. Several of us went to City Range afterward for dinner, topping off an awesome event.
Which brings us to now. I am listing the particulars below on the next book signing events, including a big throwdown April 12th at The Allman brothers Big House Museum in Macon with live music from some mighty fine pickers. And then there’s the signing in Jacksonville, Florida with two guys from Molly Hatchet and one from Blackfoot! Now how much would you pay? Nothing! It’s all free. Come meet the Southern rockers and ol’ Buffalo too, and the guys will be glad to sign your copy of Rebel Yell!
I hope to see you guys on the road. Thanks again to everyone who has come out for the signings so far. It means a lot to me, seriously.
Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.
• Friday, April 10, 2015
493 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601 706-352-2060
Book Signing for Rebel Yell
• Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Allman Brothers Band Big House & Museum
2371 Vineville Ave, Macon, GA
Book Signing & More. 2:00 PM. REBEL YELL Signing, Q&A, and a concert from Tommy Talton and Friends . Also scheduled to perform, Harvey Dalton Arnold (The Outlaws), Donnie Winters (The Winters Brothers Band), Michael Buffalo Smith. Other stars from the book will be onhand to sign your copy of REBEL YELL!
• Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Book Mark
220 First Street, Neptune Beach, Florida 32266 (Jacksonville area) (904) 241-9026
Book Signing for Rebel Yell. Q&A. Special Guests Include GREG T. WALKER (Blackfoot); BOBBY INGRAM (Molly Hatchet);
TIM LINDSEY (Molly Hatchet; formerly Lynyrd Skynyrd) Event begins at 7 PM.
• May 16, 2015
South Carolina Book Festival
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Art, Craft, and Song
Michael Buffalo Smith, Bill Thompson, and Dave Williams
Moderator: Lynda Bouchard
(There will be an hour of signing following the panel.)
• Friday, May 22, 2015
1702 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 7 PM
Special Guests TBA Signing, Live Music and Q&A
More to come...