I’m an author, musician and artist. I live in Austin, Texas with my wife, Lois Richwine, and a bunch of cats. We have a teenage son, Dashiell.
My crime novels include Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby and Boiled in Concrete. Protagonist Martin Fender is a blues bass player who moonlights as a skip tracer and problem solver in Austin, Texas. My memoir, Never the Same Again: A Rock n’ Roll Gothic, was published in 2004. That one is actually darker and more violent than my crime novels. More info at BOOKS BY JESSE SUBLETT.
My work has been published in New York Times, Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle and various other places. For years I wrote extensively for the History Channel.
I’ve written for reality TV and other TV/ film projects, including a film, “Deep in the Heart (of Texas),” which I adapted from a play, and eventually, rewrites from director Stephen Purvis and also Tom Huckabee were incorporated into the final work. Check out the DVD on Amazon here. I also do ghost writing of books.
If you’ve heard me referred to as a Texas Music Legend , you may want to read about my band, THE SKUNKS, which I founded the band with Eddie Munoz and Billy Blackmon in 1977. The Skunks are listed in Wikipedia, too. Caution, there are numerous other bands in the US (and at least one in Germany and another in the UK) called The Skunks, so if you Google us, include “Austin” in the search terms. To hear some of my current repertoire, use the music player below right or click the titles here Headless SupermodelSTONES IN THE COFFINGrave Digger BluesSaint James Infirmary Blues.
A recent interview here on Rag Radio by Thorne Dreyer, plus 3 songs recorded live in the studio during the interview.
CURRENT AND ONGOING PROJECTS: a nonfiction crime book about Austin in the fifties and sixties (read about the Overton Gang here). I keep working on this thing, off and on. It may end up being something other than one nonfiction book. Perhaps it will be a series of short alternative histories of Austin. It’s hard to say where it will go.
AND … I’m the co-author with Broadus Spivey (Austin attorney), of a book about Homer Maxey, a powerful developer and civic leader in Lubbock who lost all his money in the 1960s in a controversial bank foreclosure. Maxey was also the father of internationally renowned sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The book, titled Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War will be published by Texas Tech Press May 2014.
My most recent book, a pulp fiction novel, Grave Digger Blues, is available as a Kindle e-book, an iPad enhanced edition, and as a 6 x 9 paperback. It’s cool and weird! See the Grave Digger Blues page.
In May 2011 13e Note Editions of France published an anthology of my fiction, nonfiction, lyrics and excerpts from all my books. The title is Une Vie En Noir (A life of noir/black).
The Skunks are still alive, featuring me on bass and vocals and Jon Dee Graham on guitar. The band was inducted in the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and are credited with being the band that helped put Austin on the international map of rock n’ roll. A pretty good story about us in the Chronicle here.
Some of the famous people who jammed with the Skunks include Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Cheap Trick… We opened for The Police in ’79, also for The Cramps, Ramones, Dictators, and too many to mention.
Living in Los Angeles 1980s-1990s, I played in a band with my old pal from the Violators, Kathy Valentine, also Kelly Johnson (Girlschool), Jebin Bruni (Public Image) and Craig Aaronson. Later I played in a band with my old pal from the Violators, Carla Olson, and Mick Taylor (ex-Rolling Stones), Ian McLagan (Faces, Stones), Joe Sublett (Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Depp), George Callins (Textones), Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag), Rick Hemmert, and others.
NOW PLAYING: I also play clubs with various ensembles, performing my original compositions, blues and murder ballads. Sometimes it’s called Jesse Sublett & the Big Three Trio, other times I play with my great pal, Jon Dee Graham.
I also draw and paint and occasionally have an art show. When I’ve got some new work to show I’ll post an announcement here.