The Beast From the Back of the Bus
It's 1963, before the Beatles and the Kennedy assassination. It's a lazy summer with nothing for the teenagers in the small town of Calhoun, just outside Cincinnati, to worry about except rock'n'roll, drag racing, and dancing. But then the murders begin. More...
Now available in print at Amazon.
Steel Guitar Insanity
A compliation of the blog of the same name.
I've been a Nashville steel guitar player for 30-some years. I've toured with Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, George Fox, Faron Young and a few others. I've also backed up dozens of other artists on package shows and as a sub, most notably Ray Price and Ernest Tubb. This book is a collection of observations, pictures and stories from those years.
The Beast From the Back of the Bus Amazon review:
Cal writes very well and knows his subject intimately. The result is a hilarious, sometimes harrowing look at touring, live performances, and all that goes with fame and fortune in country music. I can only hope Cal continues to write.
Chevy Summer Amazon review:
Summer 1963, Calhoun Ohio, small town America...... Where there are, girls, cars, baseball, cute girls, and Murder Number One. 1963 also has, rock-n-roll, trying to look cool, High School, more girls in short skirts,dances, fistfights, Drag Strips, "getting some" in the car, last dance call, Wally and The Beaver, Bikers, Beatniks, strip clubs, local Police after teens, Fizzies, Beer, sneaking out, "first time", drag racing for pink slips, fake ID's....... There is Nick Palidino, Calhoun's "Fonz", King of the Drag Strip with his cherry red '55 Chevy. Then there is Murder Number Two..... Vito Siri, local Mob "businessman", into gambling, and starting into the drug trade. And Murder Number Three happens, as Vito is shot and killed, in his own Club. Great, Throw Back Story, to end the summer with. You can still hear.......Goodnight Sweetheart........
Steel Guitar Insanity Amazon review:
This book is a great insight into the life of a Nashville road musician, as well as a great pedal steel guitarist! Cal nailed it describing the ups & downs of the professional music world.