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The Book Capitol of Texas

tbfSunday afternoon will find me anxiously wandering the halls of the State Capitol in Austin, trying to locate the right auditorium (Room E1.004) in time for my 4:15 p.m. appearance with Ray Benson at the Texas Book Festival. Being scheduled into the capitol building represents a nice upgrade from my last TBF go-round, in which I talked about “Losering” with a couple of my fellow music-book authors on the patio of a bar three years ago (an event that actually turned out just fine, despite my apprehensions).


Photo by Martha Burns.

Once Ray and I and moderator Doug Freeman (author of this week’s nice Austin Chronicle review) have assembled and the audience gathered, we’ll chat a bit about the whole book-writing thing in regards to “Comin’ Right at Ya” as well as Asleep at the Wheel’s long-running history. I believe Ray is bringing a guitar, so you can expect him to play at least a song or two. And if the audience has any questions, those will be entertained before Ray and I retire to the book-signing tent around 5:00. Margaritas to follow.

It’s entirely possible that this will basically turn into everyone in the room listening to Ray tell stories. Having spent a lot of time doing that over the past two years, I can just about guarantee that they’ll be worth hearing. It should be fun, and the fact that it’s free makes it low-risk — so come on out if you happen to be in the greater Central Texas vicinity.

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Kind words in a familiar place, the Austin Chronicle

CRAYACAlways nice to turn up in the Austin Chronicle — the weekly paper in Ray Benson’s hometown, and a publication I used to write for way back when I was a University of Texas graduate student 30 years ago. This week’s Chronicle has a “Comin’ Right at Ya” review that previews Sunday’s Texas Book Festival appearance, and I sure do appreciate reviewer Doug Freeman (who will also serve as moderator on Sunday) noting that I managed to “keep Benson’s trail of anecdotes on point without sacrificing detail or worthwhile digressions” — not to mention the review’s conclusion, that it’s “one helluva ride worth telling.” I’ll say!

Check that out here. And I hope to see some friendly, familiar faces down there this weekend.

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Austin calling: The Chronicle weighs in

Another “Losering” review is out today and it’s from a publication I’m very happy to turn up in, the Austin Chronicle weekly. I used to write for the Chronicle a bit in the mid-1980s, while I was a graduate student at the University of Texas, although I did a lot more writing back then for the Daily Texan. But the Chronicle is the one I still keep up with afar (although mostly in the spring, around South By Southwest).

Anyway, have a look. The review is part of the Chronicle’s advance coverage of this weekend’s Texas Book Festival shindig, which I’m tickled pink to be in. So if you’re going to be in the Central Texas vicinity, come on out to Shangri-La in Austin at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

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