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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Blues Harmonica Legend Rick Estrin!

Rick Estrin is one of the best blues harmonica players in creation. His vocals fronting his kickin’ band, The Nightcats, are damned good, too. And he’s a brilliant songwriter to boot.  You can learn more about Rick and his music … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Blues Singer and Guitar Player Quinn Sullivan!

Quinn Sullivan first picked up a guitar when he was three years old. He was still a little boy when he showed up with his guitar at a Buddy Guy concert, and Buddy invited him onto the stage to show … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Blues Sax Player Nancy Wright!

Nancy Wright is one of the hottest blues saxophone players we have, and she’s been just that for more than three decades. How good is she? Good enough to have toured with the likes of  John Lee Hooker and Lonnie … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers?” It’s Buddy Guy’s Keyboard Player, Marty Sammon!

Marty Sammon was born and raised in Chicago, where he immersed himself in the local blues scene. He performed for five years with Otis Rush before hooking on as the keyboard player for the great Buddy Guy. You can learn … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Acclaimed Vocalist Marcella Simien!

Marcella Simien grew up in Lafayette Louisiana, the daughter of acclaimed Zydeco accordion player and singer Terrence Simien. As a young woman, she moved to Memphis and developed her own style, a unique blend of Creole, Memphis soul, and the … Continue reading

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Look Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers.” It’s Blues Legend Magic Dick!

Magic Dick, aka Richard Salwitz, is best known as one of the founding members of the J. Geils Band. His brilliant harmonica playing on unforgettable cuts like “Whammer Jammer”  led The Rolling Stone Record Guide to proclaim him perhaps the … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Blues Sax Player Keith Crossan!

Keith Crossan is one of the best blues sax players in creation. I first became aware of him during the years he played with Tommy Castro, but these days he’s got his own band and recently cut a new record. … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Legendary Blues Singer Irma Thomas!

Look who’s reading A Scourge of Vipers, the latest in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels. It’s legendary blues singer Irma Thomas, aka The Soul Queen of New Orleans. My wife Patrica and I caught up with her a … Continue reading

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Getting the Blues — And Loving It

Why the blues? Why are my wife Patricia and I drawn to music found at the bottom of a shot glass, the music of the scorned and shattered? Why do we end so many of our nights sipping something bitter … Continue reading

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Why I Use Popular Music to Teach Writing

The following originally appeared on the Hardboiled Wonderland website. The languages of writing and music have many terms in common: tone, mood, pacing, style, movement, rhythm, voice . . .  It is only natural, then, that music is central in … Continue reading

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