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Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Life is hard, streets are mean
No beast so fierce as a human being
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: I play Sun. 3-3:45 PM in the Music Tent. Highly literary blues songs and murder ballads. Maybe a guest appearance by a famous author. Dig it. You want to see me play? It’s free.

UPDATE *** SUNDAY MORNING***
SARAH CORTEZ & GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA were killin’ em at their panel Saturday afternoon. These Latina authors are smart, sexy, exciting, invigorating… They ought to take this show on the road. Diane Hernandez did a swell job moderating and blurbing the cooler events of the weekend. See the links to these authors below, which will give you some bio info and links to buy their books, which you should probably do right now.

Also, I got there late but just in time to witness the levitation of the capitol grounds by the throbbing conjunto of Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox. Great music on a beautiful day.

Instead of complaining here about TBF’s almost complete snubbing of crime fiction authors (WTF, anyway?) I will mention that one highlight every year is getting to hang out a bit with my pals Bobby Byrd, Lee Merrill Byrd & Johnny Byrd, the brains and braun behind the mighty Cinco Puntos Press. At the authors party, there was an overflow of cool writer pals to clink glasses with and share really bad jokes (the higher the IQ, the lower the bar for humor) so I won’t mention any, except for Kip Stratton, Sarah Bird, Robert Draper, Skip Hollandsworth, Robert Caro, Joe Nick Patoski, Sarah Cortez, Helen Knode, Carol Dawson and Steven Saylor. That’s it, that’s final. But I had a moment with Robert Caro in which I got to congratulate him on getting something perfectly right in his latest LBJ bio volume, which is: How mean people in Johnson City were to the Johnson family when Lyndon was growing up, which inspired LBJ to greatness, because of his incredible empathy for the poor and downtrodden and his terrible fear of failure and humiliation, which he experienced in the presence of those weird mean people in his old home town. I said to Mr. Caro: “They’re still like that!” and he said, “Yes, I’m so glad you shared that with me. I found them that way myself.” And with that, the great author (talking about Robert Caro here), who is at least a foot shorter than me, went off to another party. Probably the NPR dinner, which is, as Joe Nick Patoski said, probably a pretty good place to sell your books. Not having one of my own to pimp on this evening, Lois and I rolled down the Avenue to Enoteca, for another great meal. We barely recognized the place, as we had not been there all week.

YES, at 3 PM in the Music Tent, SUNDAY, I’ll be performing THE LAST DETECTIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, with soundtrack by Johnny Reno, as part of my musical set. There are many best selling authors in town this weekend, plus a few actors and supermodels who have books that were actually ghostwritten by actual writers (which is great, because the rest of us have to eat, you know) but believe me, none of them has a story quite like THE LAST DETECTIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Check TBF schedule for other musical performances this weekend and oh yeah, also, your favorite authors. A few of mine are listed here.

Robert Caro, Robert Draper, Kip Stratton, Jan Reid, Suzy Spencer, Douglas Brinkley, Joe Nick Patoski, Joe Lansdale, and Sarah Cortez, the sexiest cop in Texas, and a damn good writer.
Also be sure to catch Sarah Fox, Joel Guzman & Glen Fukanaga in the music tent 1-2PM Saturday.

PS: Check out my eBooks at the Amazon Kindle store here, check out my books for the iPad at iTunes here. NEW FREE SHORT FICTION BY MY TERRIBLE SELF- THE LAST DETECTIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD and STARS IN HER HAIR.

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BULLETS BOOKS MURDER BALLADS

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Life is hard, streets are mean
No beast so fierce as a human being
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: I play Sun. 3-3:45 PM in the Music Tent. Highly literary blues songs and murder ballads. Maybe a guest appearance by a famous author. Dig it. You want to see me play? It’s free.

Check TBF schedule for other musical performances this weekend and oh yeah, also, your favorite authors. A few of mine are listed here.

Robert Caro, Robert Draper, Kip Stratton, Jan Reid, Suzy Spencer, Douglas Brinkley, Joe Nick Patoski, Joe Lansdale, and Sarah Cortez, the sexiest cop in Texas, and a damn good writer.
Also be sure to catch Sarah Fox, Joel Guzman & Glen Fukanaga in the music tent 1-2PM Saturday.

PS: Check out my eBooks at the Amazon Kindle store here, check out my books for the iPad at iTunes here. NEW FREE SHORT FICTION BY MY TERRIBLE SELF- THE LAST DETECTIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD and STARS IN HER HAIR.

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A LITTLE NOIR MUSIC

Photos by Todd Wolfson.

Thursday August 2, at BookPeople, 7 PM, I’ll be playing a handful of murder ballads for my old pal and great writer, Megan Abbott, or should I say, “The Queen of Noir”? She’ll be signing and reading from her new scorcher, DARE ME. Her crime novels are cool and tough! Also Sean Dolittle, who’ll be reading from his latest, LAKE COUNTRY. I’ll have to select my best, darkest surrealistic noir blues tunes to play. BookPeople info here.

Megan Abbott, badass

Friday August 3, at the LBJ Museum in San Marcos, TX, it’s Sixties Night. I’m the headline act, playing at about 10 PM. Details here.

Yes! Friday night in San Marcos.

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HAVING BIG TIME, HOWLIN WOLF BIRTHDAY #102 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

IPHONE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 4th ANNUAL HOWLIN WOLF BIRTHDAY SHOW:

"You're Gonna Wreck My Life" by Jesse Sublett & Big 3 Trio
I’ve been wanting to play this song live for years and finally got my chance. Denny Freeman over to my left, spitting out those razor sharp riffs on the Stratocaster.

"Back Door Man" by Jesse Sublett & Big 3 Trio featuring Denny Freeman
This one is a duet with Dominique Davalos of the BlueBonnets.

"Smokestack Lightin" by Jesse Sublett & the Big 3 Trio

"Goin' Down Slow" By Jesse Sublett & the Big 3 Trio Another duet, featuring the imitable Sonny James with me on this great, great song of a fabulously wasted life, with searing solos by Denny Freeman and Eve Monsees and Claude McCan.

Thanks to everyone who came out or played or who was working at the Continental Club last night, June 9, 2012, the eve of Chester Arthur “Howlin Wolf” Burnet’s birthday. We had a swell party. A number of people asked me last night, “How did this get started?” and some even asked, “Were you at the last one?” etc. Well, way back in 2009, I noticed that Howlin’ Wolf’s 100th birthday was fast approaching, since he was born June 10, 1910. I said, “Hey, somebody’s gonna throw a big party for his 100th birthday, and since he is my all-time musical hero, it oughta be me.” So I pitched the idea to Steve Wertheimer and he illustrated his deep wisdom by putting it this way. “Sure, I love me some Howlin’ Wolf.” (As you may know if you are in the know on such topics, Steve W is a man of few words. Email replies are generally monosyllabic). So my Annual Howlin Wolf Birthday Tribute Show at the Continental Club was born. So I called a lot of my favorite musician friends and pretty much each one of them said, “Hell, yes.” The actual cast of supporting players shifts a little year to year, depending on availability, but the folks who have played the show with me most often include Walter Daniels, Davy Jones, Bill Anderson of Big Foot Chester, and also Joe Doerr and the band Churchwood, Greg Izor and the Box Kickers, and of course Eve Monsees and Mike Buck, and also the great, inscrutable Sonny James. This year we were blessed to have my longtime pal Denny Freeman on guitar and Claude McCan on piano.
Big Foot Chester was joined by guests Texacala Jones, Tex Edwards, Black-Eyed Vermillion, and Ted Roddy. It was a rocking show. Ted Roddy also played some smoking harmonica during the Big Three Trio set and Bevis Griffin sang one of my favorites, “How Many More Years.” I enjoyed swapping verses with Joe Doerr on “Wreck My Life” and with Big Walter Daniels on “Do the Do.” Gil T guilt-tripped me into letting him sing on “Evil” and I guess this goes without saying, in case you are more than casually acquainted with Davy Jones, but said veteran guitarist and punk rock Mt. Rushmore of Austin Davy Jones was, as usual, demonstrating his vivid flair for sartorial splendor. In fact, my eyes still hurt from the explosion of plaid.

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Noir blues weekend

RA-howlin-wolf2012-3webThanks everybody who came out to Opal Devine’s last night for Noir at the Bar. We had cool music from Chris Hoyt (and I played a pretty cool song too), fine readings from Barry Graham, Jonathan Wood, Peter Farris and myself. For me the definite highlight was Peter Farris’ reading from his new novel, Last Call for the Living, and doing a bang-up delivery of a scenario involving a breakout of weird violence in the middle of an otherwise normal, peaceful snake handling worship service.


I mean, what a gift for suspense he has, setting up this pastoral scenario about worshipping the Lord and just when you’re thinking, Gee, what could go wrong? BOOM!! it all explodes in your face. Hey if this sounds like I’m making fun of Peter, I’m not. I enjoyed meeting him and I really look forward to reading his novel. Thanks, Chris, for loaning me your guitar and letting me detune it for dat tune of mine. Thanks to Scott Montgomery & BookPeople for booking this cool event.

SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 9, as you know, most likely, is my 4th Annual Howlin Wolf Birthday Show at the Continental Club here in Austin, Texas, 10PM – 2 AM. All the details are here. Hope you can come.

And finally, I just wanted to say, Williard Mitt Romney is a creep. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, including the, a, an, of and from. Nothing new about that, but this great piece by Joan Walsh in Salon sums the lying, creepy, vacuously evil nature of the man quite eloquently. And then there’s the photo, which may be the creepiest photo of Williard Mitt Romney yet. Uuggggghhhhh! Yikes!!! It’s enough to make you wanna howl like Howlin Wolf.

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NOIR @ BAR OPAL DEVINES EDITION

From my novel in progress GRAVE DIGGER BLUES, photo by Mona Pitts.

7 PM Thurs. June 7, NOIR AT THE BAR at Opal Devine’s. What is Noir at the Bar? OK, it’s like this: Hardboiled crime fiction in a place where people go to drink booze at night. Simple version. Started in Philadelphia a couple years ago. Cool. OK, I’ll be playing and reading with other great authors. Come check out new crime fiction from Peter Farris, Jonathan Woods, and Barry Graham. Also, singer/songwriter Chris Hoyt. Books will be available for defacing by dese authors, and thanks to Scott Montgomery at BookPeople for setting this up.

Here’s the lineup:
Chris Hoyt (music)
Reading by Barry Graham
Reading by Jonathan Woods
Reading by Peter Farris
Reading and Music by Jesse Sublett
Q&A & book signing + drinking

Remember: You can always find a hardbound copy of my true crime and music memoir, NEVER THE SAME AGAIN at BookPeople. My Martin Fender crime novels Rock Critic Murders and Tough Baby are now available on the Amazon Kindle site. Rock Critic Murders is available for your iPad in an enhanced version with lots of music, video and pictures, supercool, go to the iBookstore and check it out now.
The THIRD Martin Fender Novel, Boiled in Concrete, will be available as an eBook in late June or July. Other works are coming soon. AND…… Howlin Wolf Birthday Show is Saturday, June 9, Continental Club. Details here.

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HOWLIN WOLF BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE IS JUNE 9

Go here for all the latest details.

SCHEDULE: 10:15-12 Jesse Sublett & the Big 3 Trio , 12:15-2 Big Foot Chester; both bands will have a large, impressive roster of guest musicians.

Late-breaking news! The mighty, mighty GIL T will be singing “Evil” with the Big 3 Trio. Sonny James, doing “Ain’t Superstitious” & “Little Red Rooster” & a DUET (!!) with my Terrible Self on “Goin Down Slow.” Dominique Davalos, singing “Killin’ Floor” & a DUET on “Back Door Man.”

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Ex-Girlfriends Club

Vice President of the Ex-Girlfriends Club, 3.5 x 5.5 moleskine paper, ink & acrylic

These drawings of mine are not much different from before, I guess, being mostly buxom women with no clothes on. It’s a pattern I seem to be repeating. The latest ones are shaped differently, I guess.

Not as much art this year as the previous two years, as I’ve been concentrating more on my writing projects, including several author-for-hire jobs. Lately when I do draw something it’s often an attempt to find images for this new novel I’ve been working on, tentatively titled GRAVE DIGGER BLUES. It’s post-apocalyptic pulp fiction. One of the protagonists is a detective named Hank Zzybnx, and another is a jazz musician named Blues Cat. I’ve been searching for the right image for Hank and also for a subsidiary character named The Muffin Man. I’ve worked on several images for both these guys, but I haven’t gotten around to Blues Cat yet. Blues Cat really knows a LOT of women, and I have been blessed by having some friends who are great photographers who have worked with me to input loads of great images of women. Anyway, I’ll put up some of the women drawings I’ve done lately, and below, you will see some screen shots of the stories which include some of the great photos I’ve been privileged to use.

I’ll be reading one of these stories at Opal Devine’s at Noir at the Bar on June 7, Thursday, 7 PM, with 3 other cool crime fiction authors. More info on that, plus the June 9 Howlin Wolf Birthday Tribute Show, details here.

SCREEN SHOTS FROM NOVEL IN PROGRESS, PHOTOS BY MONA PITTS.

Cheers,
Jesse

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NOIR + BLUES = GIGS

My 4th Annual Howlin Wolf Birthday Tribute is Sat. June 9, Continental Club. The bands will be rocking! My Terrible Self + Denny Freeman, Eve Monsees, Sonny James & Mark Evans will be joined by Big Foot Chester & a dozen super special guests. See the poster for the full roster. All Howlin Wolf, All night, celebrating the 102nd year since the birth of the greatest American blues singer of them all.

7 PM Thurs. June 6, NOIR AT THE BAR at Opal Devine’s. What is Noir at the Bar? OK, it’s like this: Hardboiled crime fiction in a place where people go to drink booze at night. Simple version. Started in Philadelphia a couple years ago. Cool. OK, I’ll be playing and reading with other great authors. Come check out new crime fiction from Peter Farris, Jonathan Woods, and Barry Graham. Also, singer/songwriter Chris Hoyt. Books will be available for defacing by dese authors, and thanks to Scott Montgomery at BookPeople for setting this up.

Here’s the lineup:
Chris Hoyt (music)
Reading by Barry Graham
Reading by Jonathan Woods
Reading by Peter Farris
Reading and Music by Jesse Sublett
Q&A & book signing + drinking

Remember: You can always find a hardbound copy of my true crime and music memoir, NEVER THE SAME AGAIN at BookPeople. My Martin Fender crime novels Rock Critic Murders and Tough Baby are now available on the Amazon Kindle site. Rock Critic Murders is available for your iPad in an enhanced version with lots of music, video and pictures, supercool, go to the iBookstore and check it out now.
The THIRD Martin Fender Novel, Boiled in Concrete, will be available as an eBook in late June or July. Other works are coming soon. Keep rocking!!

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iPunk gets ePress in SA

Hot damn I got a little media attention for my iPad version of Rock Critic Murders in San Antonio, thanks to my friend, author Joe O’Connell. The link is here and the text below. And just in time!! Tough Baby should be out on Kindle and in the iBookstore within a week or two. I’m just finishing the proofing and artwork. So stayed tuned or should I say iTuned.

ALSO, don’t forget two things: You can get the Kindle version on Amazon here, along with my memoir, Never the Same Again; and you can get the iPad version on iTunes, with MUSIC, VIDEO and LOTS OF COOL PICTURES and EXTRAS.

One more thing, HOWLIN WOLF TRIBUTE SHOW June 9. Be there!

Poster by Ricardo Acevedo.


Jesse gets a phone call from his cat, Moe. Photo by Joe O'Connell.

The fictional band Cloud 19 made its first appearance in Jesse Sublett’s trio of rock’n'roll mystery novels released by Viking in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He eventually wrote the song titles mentioned, recorded them and gave out cassette tapes to fans, including best-selling crime author Michael Connelly.
Sublett has gone high-tech since then, but he’s still mixing music and fiction.
The frontman of legendary Austin punk band the Skunks — San Antonio’s Sons of Hercules covers their song “Gimme Some” — has re-released “Rock Critic Murders,” the first of his mysteries featuring bass player Martin Fender, using iBook Author 2, a program that allowed him to create an interactive love letter to the time period.
“For me, music and writing have always gone hand in hand,” he said. “They feed on each other.”
Authors re-releasing their out-of-print works in eBook format, particularly for Kindle, has become commonplace — a good example is Texas author Michael Zagst, who recently reintroduced his three critically acclaimed literary novels electronically.
But Sublett has created a multimedia extravaganza.
Those Cloud 19 songs are there, as well as vintage and more current clips of the Skunks, photos and interviews with real-life people such as music critic/author Joe Nick Patoski, the inspiration for Sublett’s characters.
In contrast to Sublett’s punk-rock background, “Rock Critic Murders” is set in Austin’s 1984 blues scene.
The iBook includes videos recorded on Sublett’s iPhone and iPad that highlight what remains of that era, when an oil bust slowed Austin’s growth, yet the music scene stayed vibrant with acts such as Stevie Ray Vaughan playing at the Continental Club and other venues.
Sublett, a Johnson City native who was valedictorian of his high-school class there, had left Austin for Los Angeles by the late ’80s. He had given up on the rock-star dream and replaced it with a burning desire to be the next Raymond Chandler.
He started writing and managed, without an agent, to attract the interest of a Viking editor who had heard of the Skunks. She liked his manuscript and signed Sublett to a three-book deal.
In the old days, it took two years from manuscript acceptance to Sublett’s mystery novels’ appearance in the marketplace, which seemed wrong to a guy coming out of the do-it-yourself world of indie rock.
Plus, the folks from New York publishing are known for inserting saguaro cactuses on the covers of Texas-set novels, with the assumption the plants grow here (they don’t), notes Sublett.
When iBook Author 2 was released in January, Sublett, who long ago returned to Austin, was frustrated that it took him a few days — with the help of an Apple tech who was still learning the software — to get his new creation on iTunes.
“Why wait?” he said. “If you can do it yourself, you don’t lose your groove.”
In the publishing world, the big recent news is that Amazon.com now sells more electronic books than print copies. Is this new format yet another sign of the death of traditional publishing?
“I don’t want to totally give up on it, but it looks pretty grim,” said Sublett, whose memoir of rock ‘n’ roll and his personal challenges with cancer and the murder of his girlfriend, “Never the Same Again,” came out through the more traditional route in 2004. “There is a sense that there’s a gold rush out there.”
In addition to iBooking his other two Martin Fender mysteries, “Tough Baby” and “Boiled Concrete,” Sublett’s next project is “The Blues Cat,” which he described as a musical play with songs interspersed in the story.
“There’s not an obvious outlet for it,” he said.
Perhaps there is now.
Joe O’Connell is an Austin writer. Reach him at therealjoeo@gmail.com.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/books/article/Punker-turned-iBook-author-3549759.php#ixzz1ugHc5Qdj

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