It’s a long way from the Pink Pussy Cat

During the buffalo trade, Mobeetie was the mother city of the Panhandle. They called it Hidetown, because everyone lived in little condos of buffalo hide. Then it was known as Sweetwater, for a nearby river. It grew fast, with more permanent structures sprouting like weeds, especially saloons and dance halls. …

Noir at the Bar Austin Gets a New Home

Thursday, May is noir night at Threadgill’s. Join me and my pals to hear a couple of new murder ballads in my repertoire and hear real, live authors read their new books. I’ll be kicking things off with my guitar and our host with the most, ace bookseller Scott Montgomery, …

Vacant Lots On Fire

My new favorite band, the Vacant Lots. I don’t listen to a lot of psych bands. I mean, after seeing the 13th …

Peppermint Harris, Jesse Sublett, Austin true crime author, noir novelist, musician

Peppermint Harris

I really dig this song by the late, great Peppermint Harris, another boozy anthem of his. Goes without saying that it is …

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN EARTHQUAKE SHAKE

Dear friends: I’ve been swamped with writing work as you may have heard, working with Eddie Wilson on his great Armadillo World …

Jesse Sublett, true crime author, noir aficionado, blues singer

Austin Gangster Chronicles

The Austin Chronicle review of “1960s Austin Gangsters” is out. A fine critical appraisal by Tim Napalm Stegall. I’ve pasted the text …