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I Shot a Man in Reno

Posted in Uncategorized, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on May 9, 2010

I’m pretty excited about finishing up this book about the convergence of Johnny Cash, Reno, and alt-country music that I am calling I Shot a Man in Reno.  I’ve been working on it for a few years, but really writing on it over the last two.  I’m happy to say that it is really coming together.  I have three chapters left, and they are all close to being done.  The last chapter is about the Drive-By Truckers, so I am waiting until after tonight’s show to finish that piece once and for all.  The other two pieces, well, I don’t really have any excuse for not finishing them yet.  I could probably knock them out in just a couple of hours time, but it’s just not happened yet.  Whatever the case, the deadline I have for the Reno Gazette-Journal review tomorrow ought to be enough to spur me into the sprint that it will take to get these books together and out the door.  Whatever it is that gets me moving again, I’ll take it.  This book has got to be ready for release in August.

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New Hellbound Glory album reviewed

Posted in Leroy Virgil, Uncategorized, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on May 5, 2010

Hellbound Glory’s second album was recently reviewed in California Country. Hellbound Glory is one of the bands really working on the Reno country scene, and in my opinion they are nearly the perfect fusion of the old and the new.  I like Leroy’s side project, Leroy Virgil and the Loaded Dice, a great deal too.  As it stands right now, the Oral History with Leroy that I recorded earlier this year stands as the last chapter in my new book, I Shot a Man in Reno.  That’s due out in August, just in time for the Extradition Music Fest.  Enjoy the new HG review.

A Great story in the RGJ today about Extradition Music

Ray Hagar wrote a great piece on Extradition Music in today’s Gazette-Journal.  He get’s my name wrong, but otherwise it’s good stuff.  You can read it here.

Willy Vlautin and Johnny Cash

Posted in Extradition 2010 show, Richmond Fontaine, Uncategorized, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 24, 2010

I just finished what I hope is the final draft of a chapter I am writing for my non-fiction book on Johnny Cash’s famous Reno line called I Shot a Man in Reno.  The chapter compares/contrasts “Folsom Prison Blues” with Vlautin’s songs and novels.  I seriously can’t think of a band out there that consistently blows my mind.  You should go buy Vlautin’s newest book, Lean on Pete, at Sundance Books in Reno.  You’ll enjoy it.  You should also plan to go to the Ole Bridge Pub on May 4 at 9:00 for a free show.  You can see more about his show here.  Other posts on Richmond Fontaine are here.

… Just to Watch Him Die, cont’d

Posted in Brad Summerhil, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 19, 2010

As promised, here are the authors for the fiction companion to my book, I Shot a Man in Reno.

Brad Summerhill, Caleb Cage, Lilo Bayati, Daphne Gottlieb, Todd Borg, David Philip Mullins,  H. Lee Barnes, and more.

…Just to Watch Him Die

Posted in Extradition 2010 show, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 16, 2010

That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend.  Well, in a sense.

That’s the title of a book I’ve been putting together for quite a while now.  I am really excited to launch it this August.  It is the fiction brother to my nonfiction book, I Shot a Man in Reno.  Where I pontificate for way too many pages on Cash’s famous line in that book, the fiction book has been open to other authors.  Much, much better authors.  Eight of them total.

They have taken the famous Johnny Cash line and interpreted it into short-story form.  None of the stories are about Cash, but they have something to do with his line.  They are amazing stories, and I am going to be editing them all weekend.  I’ll release the impressive list of authors sometime next week.  For now, I am just going to enjoy rereading this incredible list of authors.

Both books will be released in mid-August.

Gambler’s Quartet

Posted in Brad Summerhil, Gambler's Quartet, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 16, 2010

Just got done with an editorial meeting with Brad Summerhill about his book, Gambler’s Quartet earlier this morning.  This book is amazing.  We are all very excited to get it in front of a lot of Reno readers.  I’ll pass along more as soon as it is available.

Tom Waits and songs about Reno

Posted in Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 14, 2010

  Did you know that the great Tom Waits has four songs that mention Reno?  This is from my forthcoming book, I Shot a Man in Reno:

 Waits references the city several times throughout his remarkable career.  His first reference to Reno is in “Virginia Avenue,” a track on his debut album “Closing Time,” released in 1973.  The song is unique in the Waits/Reno collection for several reasons.  First, it is the only time that he writes a song that is expressly about the city instead of simply mentioning it.  It is interesting to note as well that on this jazzy, piano-driven song about Reno, Waits completely misses his mark: the famous main drag that hosts the strip of casinos and bars in Reno is actually Virginia Street, not Virginia Avenue.  For most, though, just having someone like Waits pay so much attention to the city is enough.

Waits doesn’t wait long after “Virginia Avenue” to cite the city again, this time as merely a place.  On his 1975 album “Nighthawks at the Diner,” Waits references Reno again on the song “Better off Without a Wife.”  In this song, the most like a slow and sleepy honky tonk standard of all of his Reno songs, Waits tells the hard luck story of a guy who has lost in love.  He had a girlfriend, but she moved to Reno, leaving him for an unsavory character.  On his next two Reno songs, Waits seems to strike a balance between the two uses of Reno as probably only he could do.  On the gravelly, tough song “Wrong Side of the Road” from the 1978 album “Blue Valentine,” Waits concludes the song in his groaning, bluesy style that they’ll “drive all the way to Reno on the wrong side of the rood.”  And as if a companion piece to “Wrong Side of the Road,” he includes “Hang on St. Christopher” on his 1987 album “Frank’s Wild Years.”  In this song, a circus act of a blues number, Waits asks the venerable saint of traveling to get him to Reno, “and bring it in low.”  It is hard to miss the risk and chance the characters in Waits’ songs are taking by venturing into the city that offers so much opportunity for vice.  But even when Waits’ reference to Reno is more mundane than in these two songs, his dark rasp shrouds the city in equal darkness.  

Meet the author

Posted in Brad Summerhil, Gambler's Quartet, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 14, 2010

I mentioned before that we have recently signed Brad Summerhill to publish his book, Gambler’s Quartet on Virginia Avenue Press.  Brad’s short story, “9-10,” was featured in the inaugural issue of The Nevada Review.  You can learn about him more from this website here, and check out his author archive at the Reno News and Review, here.  You can learn more about Virginia Avenue Press here, too. 

The bottom line is this: Brad’s a great guy, and an amazing writer.  I read Gambler’s Quartet in a single sitting last year.  I couldn’t put it down it was so moving.  I’ve given the manuscript to a few others to read too, and it has received a similar response each time.  We are extraordinarily proud to have Brad as our first author, and the first of many to interpret our City in fiction.  I’ll be writing updates here regarding where his readings will be, when his book will be available, and so on.

Nevada Review, Issue 2 contents

Posted in Extradition 2010 show, Richmond Fontaine, Virginia Avenue Press by Extradition Music on April 14, 2010

I’m listing this here for two reasons.  First, because everything that we do here at Extradition Music (and Virginia Avenue Press) is about bringing art and culture about Reno and Nevada back home to its people.  Second, because we have an Extradition Music show coming up next month with Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), whose book is excerpted and reviewed in the next issue of The Nevada Review.  More about his show here.

Here is the final contents for the forthcoming issue:

The Nevada SAGE Commission, by Frank Partlow

Nevadans and the War on Terror, by Brian K. Krolicki

Nevada Magazine’s (and My) Tour Around Nevada, by Matthew B. Brown

Writer’s Essay: “Shadow Stories”, by H. Lee Barnes

Writer’s Essay: “On Researching Wormwood, Nevada”, by David Oppegaard

Fiction: “Pinto”, Willy Vlautin

Fiction: Excerpt from “Tomorrow We Die”, Shawn Grady

Interview: Edward L. Hancock, University of Nevada, Reno


Book Reviews

Raw Edges: A Memoir, Phyllis Barber, (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2010)

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, by Elizabeth Leiknes, (Baltimore, MD: Bancroft Press, 2009)

Wormwood, Nevada, by David Oppegaard, (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2009)

Prose. Poems. A Novel., Jamie Iredell, (Charles, IL: Orange Alert Press, 2009)

Living on the Big Empty, KNPB

Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin,  (New York: Harper Collins, 2010)

Tahoe Night, Todd Borg.  (South Lake Tahoe: Thriller Press, 2009)