Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House by Emily D. Edwards

By Emily D. Edwards

Bars, Blues, and Booze collects vigorous bar stories from the intersection of black and white musical cultures within the South. a lot of those tales don't appear dignified, first rate, or jam-packed with uplifting euphoria, yet they're actual narratives of people that labored tough with their palms in the course of the week to have a good time the weekend with track and mind-altering ingredients. those are tales of musicians who is probably not well-known celebrities yet are women and men deeply fascinated by their craft�professional musicians caught with an afternoon task. the gathering additionally contains tales from lovers and bar proprietors, humans important to shaping an area song scene. The tales discover the �crossroads,� that intoxicated intersection of spirituality, race, and track that varieties a wealthy, southern vernacular. In own narratives, musicians and partygoers relate stories of slim get away (almost getting busted by means of the legislation whereas transporting moonshine), of determined poverty (rat-infested kitchens and repossessed cars), of magic (hiring a root health care provider to make a charm), and loss (death or incarceration). listed here are tales of defiant miscegenation, of forgetting race and going out to devour jointly after a jam, after which no longer being served. diversified boasts of unbelievable hijinks supply the �blue collar� musician a wild, gritty glamour and emphasize the riotous freedom in their enthusiasts, who occasionally probability the powerful arm of southern liquor legislation with a purpose to chase the great times.

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