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My New EP, At Last

Seven new songs! A long summer. I’m writing my 1,000 words a day, sometimes more, 1,250 ideally, and sometimes 1,500. That’s 4 pages, 5 pages, 6 pages, etc. Word count never changes, it’s the only yardstick for success this summer for me. Working like a mule! Ahhh, but it’s good. …

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 Headquarters memoir, a book on Esther’s Follies, and more vintage Austin underworld crime. In the interim, we have the gig at the Townsend Saturday Nov. 14, and a …

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 below so you can enjoy it right here. Busy week: Noir at the Bar is Tuesday (10.6.15), my presentation at the Dallas Historical Society is Thursday (10.9.15) and …

Jesse Sublett, Austin author, musician, The Skunks: Austin's First Punk Band, "Earthquake Shake," by the Skunks from Austin, TX

The Splash Four covers “Earthquake Shake”

Although I’ve known about this record for several years, I only recently scored a copy of “Do the Earthquake Shake” by The Splash Four, a punk band from Paris. Their version of the Skunks‘ original “Earthquake Shake” is pretty damn solid. They changed a few chords between choruses, which is …

Half Price Books Gig, Tertulia

Saturday, May 30, 1 PM – 3 PM, Austin Gangsters Take Over Half Price Books North Lamar. A few murder ballads plus Q&A. I’ll be signing “1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital.” But actually, I’ll sign anything. Come by. Eddie Wilson has promised to buy you a …

Jesse Sublett, Austin author, musician, legend

#TBT Three Chords Never Die

Some songs never die. There are terrible songs that make you want to shove an ice pick through your ear drums every time and some that have the power to make your day of any year. For me the latter would include most anything by Howlin’ Wolf, Al Green, Otis Rush… with dozens of selections …

Jesse Sublett, true crime author, Austin musician and author

That’s MISTER Gangster to you, bro

It’s been a busy week here in South Austin. Normally, if we spend the evening in the living room, our neighborhood semi-feral cat, Carl “CJ”  Johnson,  comes to visit and eat. Between his visits, we usually see either possum or raccoon, possibly a gang of the latter. In recent months …

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

Busting Out

Busting out all over, blooming like redbuds and dogwood and mountain laurel. This time of year, Texas almost seems habitable. My new book, “1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital,” has been getting good press. We just returned from the Wildcatter Exchange Festival in Fort Worth, where our …

Jesse Sublett, true crime author, novelist, musician

1960s Austin Gangsters invading BookPeople

Join us at BookPeople Monday, March 23, 7PM. At long last we’ll be presenting my new book “1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital.” The big story about the Austin underworld during the tumultuous sixties — the Timmy Overton Gang, Hattie Valdes, criminal lawyers, gamblers, bank burglars, gamblers, and the …