I’m not inclined to write about myself, but when I published The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked me to write a piece about my childhood and the place that inspired the book. My late father was very fond of this piece–I think he liked it better than the book itself. And thus, it’s now one of my favorite pieces as well.
One of my favorite writing projects was a series I did for The Bitter Southerner. I went out on book tour and drank bourbon in each town with a different writer. It was hard work, but it had to be done.
I grew up a vinyl junkie, listening to all the hard rock bands teenage boys listened to in the 80s. Then I happened on a John Hiatt record, and I was transformed. I listen to a lot of classical and jazz these days, but John Hiatt taught me the power of a perfectly written song. Here’s a little piece I did on him.
Kelly is one of my favorite songwriters, so I reached out to a friend at Paste Magazine when this massive project came out and asked to review it. It amuses me to no end that the blurb they pulled from my review continues to show up in places, even tour posters.