Dirtdobber Blues, By Cyril Vetter

Dirtdobber BluesImmensely talented and devastatingly self-destructive, singer/songwriter Charles ”Butch” Hornsby lived hard and fast. One of the most versatile artists ever to emerge from South Louisiana, Hornsby touched and frustrated his friends in equal measure. Dirtdobber Blues, a fictionalized account of Hornsby’s life written by his close friend Cyril Vetter, provides the gritty but engrossing story of this man, his demons, and his art.

Much like Hornsby’s life, Dirtdobber Blues consists of short, fast-paced segments. These vignettes juxtapose musical accomplishments and personal misadventures to paint the portrait of a truly complex individual. His all-too-familiar vices–sex, alcohol, and rock and roll–and his capricious temperament affected his ability to find success in the music business. Vetter celebrates all that is Hornsby including his off-beat humor, frustrating narcissism, and profound creativity.

In addition to Vetter’s lively and captivating account of Butch’s life, the book includes Hornsby’s sheet music and a CD with fourteen of his songs. Photos of Butch and images of his found-object artwork by photographer Philip Gould are also included.

Through the music, images, and text, Hornsby moves from the strawberry fields of Amite, Louisiana, to the bars of Baton Rouge and into the unforgiving arena of the recording industry. Along the way, Vetter provides glimpses into the musician’s inspiration–a tumultuous young love, a stint in Hollywood, his family’s return to Louisiana–and pieces together the arc of Hornsby’s life, littered with poor decisions, crowned by artistic success, and concluding with the redemptive power of love.

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Deacon John’s Jump Blues CD and DVD

Deacon John’s Jump Blues features New Orleans legends Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue and The Zion Harmonizers backed by a 20-piece orchestra of sizzling musicians along with up-and-coming stars Teedy Boutte’, Henry Butler, Amadee Castenell, Davell Crawford and Herlin Riley. Starring Deacon John Moore, a professional musician in the Big Easy for more than 40 years, the project is a tribute to the musical giants who have made New Orleans music so recognizable and influential around the world.

For more information see the website deaconjohnsjumpblues.com
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Double Shot of My Baby’s Love

“Double Shot of My Baby’s Love” was written by Don Smith & Cyril Vetter and was a million seller when it was recorded by the Swingin’ Medallions in 1966. The song was originally recorded by Dick Holler and the Holidays. It was also recorded by the K-Otics. It can be heard on a number of compilation albums and is often performed live by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Bob Greene’s Column:

Jewish World Review June 8, 2001 / 18 Sivan, 5761
Bob Greene
The Swingin’ Medallion view of U.S. history

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