Monthly Archives: December 2011

Blue (Howlin’) Monday

My one glimpse of blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin in action was an unexpected pleasure — he appeared onstage during Elvis Costello’s 2005 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York, and the two performed “Hidden Charms” with the widest possible grins on their faces. It was already a sensational concert, but it was elevated even further by their obvious pleasure in each other’s company and musicianship. The above clip was made only a few weeks ago in Montclair, so Sumlin was clearly making a habit of it.

Sumlin, who just died at the age of 80, was right-hand man to the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, who for obvious reasons tended to suck up all the attention in any room. But you can glimpse him at work in some of these clips.

I hope Sumlin got the chance to see himself played by Albert Jones in the 2005 film Cadillac Records. That’s the formidable Eamonn Walker playing Wolf.

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Crass commercialism

If you’re in the Central Jersey neighborhood tomorrow — specifically, Jamesburg and southern Middlesex County — come on by and hear me talk to the Sisters in Crime group about my novel We All Fall Down, as well as matters related to writing fiction that draws heavily on fact. The frolic through fact and fiction begins 11 a.m. at the Jamesburg Senior Citizen Center, 139 Stevens Avenue, Jamesburg, N.J. 08831-1477. I’ll be more than happy to sell you a copy of the novel for yourself or for someone special. As Ned Stark would say, Christmas is coming, or something like that.

One of the local prints just ran an article about yours truly and sundry literary efforts. I also just spent some quality time on the phone with ace blogger Lance Mannion, who plans to turn it into a post sometime soon. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to link again to one of the web’s most interesting writers — an assessment I made well before our talk.