Tom Williams Live at The Hideout

This is a live excerpt from the book release party for Don’t Start Me Talkin’, Tom Williams’s latest novel from Curbside Splendor.

Don’t Start Me Talkin’ is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben’s protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic ‘last ride,’ laying bare America’s complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises “I’ll tell everything I know.”

Don’t Start Me Talkin’ is not merely a story about the blues, but with its rhythm, language, and sense of self and place, it also channels the DNA of this very American style of music.

Music: Oona Bet Door (Mike Doughty) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

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