Talking ’bout “Comin’ Right at Ya”

DawsonWhen “Losering” was published in the fall of 2012, I did a ton of interviews because it was my very own labor of love, so I wanted to get the word out as far and wide as possible. But it’s a little different this time around with “Comin’ Right at Ya,” which is co-writer/subject/star Ray Benson’s book rather than mine.

Sure, I had a part in bringing the book into being, but I’m basically the hired help on this one. So I’ve been more than happy to let Ray do the bulk of the public speaking about it. When he and I were on the radio together last week, the vast majority of the interview consisted of Ray telling stories, with me just chipping in a few details when called upon. That seemed as it should be. It’s kind of like a concert, where the contributions of the sound engineer and road crew are important — but the audience is still mostly interested in the players onstage.

Still, I’ve done a few interviews for “CRAY” here and there, talking about the book and the whole co-writing gig; and a nice Q&A just popped up with the attention-getting headline, “When Jewish Yankee Hippies Go Country, with David Menconi.” It’s on the blog of Jon Dawson, a newspaper columnist at the Kinston Free Press in Eastern North Carolina who also leads a rock combo called Third of Never (a fantastic band that does The Who better than The Who themselves nowadays). Check it out.

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