Howdy, campers, it’s been a minute — during which time I left the News & Observer, parted ways with University of Texas Press, had a radio show start/stop and, oh yeah, WATCHED THE BOTTOM DROP OUT OF EVERYTHING, just like everyone else on earth. Whew!
But on a possibly more positive note, you’ll soon be seeing more of me in this space again, because my next book is nigh. It’s called “Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk.”
If I may be so bold, it’s kind of my life’s work boiled down to a few hundred pages between covers. Depending on how you reckon things, writing it took either three years or the 28 years I was at the N&O.
So here’s the cover. It’s part of the UNC Press fall catalog; and yes, it’s available for pre-order at the link above ahead of the “official” Oct. 19 publication date. I’m told that, for a limited time, the discount code 01DAH40 will get you 40 percent off.
There may or may not be readings, bookstore events, festival appearances and such this fall. Alas, I’m afraid that’s mostly going to depend on the state of the world by then. But at least we’ve all become somewhat accustomed to virtual events in recent months. So if we have to make do with online rather than in-person events, we’ll manage.
I’ll be seeing you!