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Sliding Delta: A NOVEL by [Ed, Baldwin]
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"In this powerful, superbly written coming-of-age story, accomplished author Ed Baldwin pays lyrical homage to both grassroots guitar picking and the richly layered characters and small towns of the Deep South"- Publisher's Daily Review
"The author's own love for one of the most quintessentially American musical styles bleeds through nearly every line of this novel, starting with the introduction: 'The Delta blues taste like sweat and cheap whiskey; smell like jail; sound best in a concrete block club with no windows, set back along the river where there's no law after dark.'  The narrative vividly illustrates every setting implied by that sentence - Kirkus Reviews
"A joyous celebration of all that is wonderful about the history of Mississippi Delta music.
You can hear the sensual sliding guitar as you read this story.
Very highly recommended."- LibraryThing
"...the writing is fine and I'm sure other readers will enjoy the journey."- QuietFuryBooks
"There are plenty of encounters with artists who were active during that time, both in the delta and Memphis.  It's a very entertaining read, with well-developed characters.  You can almost feel the humidity, smell fish frying, hear the mosquitoes buzzing in your ear, and take in the sights and sounds of a Mississippi juke joint."- Fridaybluesfix.com 
"...historical/coming-of-age novel that uses mid-1960s Mississippi and the state's signature music (and some of its artists) as a backdrop for an interesting and well developed story." - Blues Bytes Magazine

From the Author

Delta blues music is the sound of the human spirit breaking through the subjugation of the Jim Crow South.  To fully understand that you should listen to the music while you read this story.   Find one of the few Youtube videos of John Hurt playing and singing.  I like the recording of the Pete Seeger television show from 1965 where Hurt plays Goodnight Irene.  You can see his finger picking style there.  Then find Sonny Boy Williamson playing Bye Bye Bird solo on his harmonica; it'll break your heart it is so good.  You can listen to a sample of every song I mention in the story on Itunes or some other purveyor of downloadable music.  It's amazing how much you can learn about music by comparing different musicians playing the same song, and it's all there on Itunes.  Don't miss Howlin' Wolf's 1950's recording of Smokestack Lightning.

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  • File Size: 1835 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Brasfield Books (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CIDRIDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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