More Miles Than Money

More Miles Than Money

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Armed only with a Greyhound ticket and enough money for his next beer, Garth Cartwright set out to see whether the American roots music he loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century. His journey took him from the LA bus station to the Mexican cantinas of San Antonio, the Indian reservations of New Mexico to the last surviving juke joints of Highway 61. Along the way he meets an exotic mix of surviving legends - from soul diva Mabel John to the queen of Mexican American song Lydia Mendoza, funk pioneer Charles Wright to country troubadour Billy Joe Shaver - plus a supporting cast of cowboy poets, down and out bluesmen and a feller called Lee who becomes Cartwright's co-pilot for an epic drive across the deserts of the South-West. A remarkable piece of travel writing and an introduction to the real stars of Americana.At LAX I hire a Hyundai Accent: the cheapest vehicle going. ... Darkness falls and soon wea#39;re entering the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree city limits (tattoo parlours, gas stations, ... He swallows his beer whole and heads back outside while I take my time and elicit instructions on 111 Joshua Tree: Mojave Desert Shivers /

Title:More Miles Than Money
Author:Garth Cartwright
Publisher:Profile Books - 2010-08-06


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