Tuesday, 16 June 2009

THIS VERY NEGLECTED SITE HAS 1 "FOLLOWER"!

Hello Darlene Halverson! Sorry this blog has been so unrewardingly immobile for so long. This will change soon, as things warm up towards the US hardback publication of Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes on September 1st. Meanwhile, greetings...

8 comments:

john schott said...

Hey I'm a follower, too! Just not a "follower". But I check your blog at least once a week. Wishing you great success, and THANKS for your WORK!!!

Berkeley, CA

Michael Gray said...

Dear John
Well, I'm very pleased to hear it: and I thank you, a bit sheepishly, for checking the blog so often.

I'll try harder.

nAncY said...

just passing through...

Chris Kendall said...

i have just discovered this blog.

I got the book for Christmas and loved it.

I am now re-reading it in random chunks.

Thanks so much for writing it.

Chris Kendall said...

Yesterday I was listening to Blind Willie McT and suddenly was knocked out with the voice of Ruby Glaze. I then listened to the track with Kate Mctell. Unles it was a case of good day and bad day, they arent the same person. Ruby has a beautiful voice and sexy laugh.

Michael Gray said...

Dear Chris
Thanks for your comments. As you'll know from the book, I agree with you about Ruby Glaze probably not being Kate McTell. However, when you hear Kate interviewed, she sounds more similar to Ruby than she does when she's singing (so unappealingly) on the 1935 Decca religious tracks. As you'll also know, though, it's a debate that has long exercised pre-war blues scholars - and since no Ruby Glaze has ever been found, nor that pseudonym been reliably linked to any specific person, it remains a mystery.

Chris Kendall said...

Perhaps it is better that there are some mysteries out there. if we knew everything there would be nothing to discover.

Whoever it was, there is something so amazingly sexy about that voice, especially on Searching the Desert.

I have friends in Atlanta. They had never heard of him. "Perhaps that is who the bar is named after?" They actually live in Alpharetta, which is a satelite town. Riley Puckett came from there but they have never heard of him either.

Steven Hart said...

I'm delighted that your book is finally getting a proper U.S. edition. Good luck in September.