Christmas is just over a week away, and I hope you’re done with your holiday shopping (and if not, yes, I can still help!). Ray Benson, co-writer/subject/star of “Comin’ Right at Ya,” doesn’t exactly celebrate Christmas, being Jewish and all; but he is nevertheless purveying holiday cheer with Asleep at the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas!” tour, which plays this very eve at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Yes, of course, I will be there — like you had to ask. But please do drop on by and say howdy if you’re in the vicinity.
Also, earlier in the day Thursday, Ray and I will be on radio station WUNC’s “The State of Things,” starting at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to yack about this and that. Listen to that here.
Thursday brings Asleep at the Wheel to my home turf to perform at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. And while they’re in the vicinity, “Comin’ Right at Ya” co-writer/subject/star Ray Benson and I will be appearing on “The State of Things,” the mid-day talk show on WUNC 91.5-FM (and a show I’ve been on before). I believe Ray and I are scheduled to be on the air at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday.
We’ll be talking with host Frank Stasio about the book, of course, and also probably the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas!” show happening Thursday night — not to mention their New Year’s Eve return engagement, opening for fellow travelers the Avett Brothers at Greensboro Coliseum. So tune us in on the radio (or listen online), and then drop on by the show at the ArtsCenter later and say hey. I bet Ray can be talked into signing copies of the book.
Continuing on with the “Losering” campaign for world domination, Tuesday brings some kind words from the fine folks over at the all-things-local news and arts blog New Raleigh, penned by Mr. Jedidiah Gant — much-appreciated even if he does prefer Ryan’s Heartbreaker to Whiskeytown’s Strangers Almanac (but hey, that is a more-than-defensible position); as well as a nice little hit from Blurt (thanks, Fred!!).
Also, I was on radio station WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things” Tuesday afternoon, talking to show host Frank Stasio about the book as well as local-music history. The show will air again at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, or you can listen via the online archive here.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back on the radio Wednesday morning, talking to Jacob at about 8 a.m. on WKNC, 88.1-FM, in advance of Thursday night’s Quail Ridge reading, Friday night’s Flyleaf reading and the Oct. 4 Regulator reading. Get on up, tune on in and come on out.
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With the local Triangle-area readings starting up next week, the “Losering” PR campaign is about to move into its multi-media phase. I’ll be on the radio talking about the book a couple of times during the coming week, so please do tune on in.
First up is this Saturday. If you’re an early weekend riser, tune in between 8 and 10 a.m. on WKNC-88.l FM, where I’ll be a guest on the psychedelic-rock show “Mystery Roach.” The station streams live from here. Then next Wednesday, I’ll be back on WKNC at around 8 a.m. to talk to morning deejay Jacob Downey.
In between those two WKNC appearances, I’ll also be on “The State of Things” on WUNC-91.5-FM, talking to show host Frank Stasio about local-music history as well as the book. That happens at noon on Tuesday, and you can listen to the live stream here.
And as long as I’m at it, here’s the schedule for readings in North Carolina:
Sept. 27 — Quail Ridge, Raleigh (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 28 — Flyleaf, Chapel Hill (7 p.m.)
Oct. 4 — Bull’s Head, UNC-Chapel Hill (3:30 p.m.)
Oct. 4 — Regulator, Durham (7 p.m.)
Nov. 3-4 — NC Writers Network fall conference, Cary
Nov. 12 — Barnes & Noble, Greensboro
Nov. 16 — Park Road, Charlotte