- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1650 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jayplate; 2 edition (26 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BND1L3S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The music business is known for chewing up young artists and spitting them out. Even when they get a contract, it often fails to turn them a profit. So, the amitious young musician who tries to realise his dream is a great premise for a story, and Paul Bisson's novel delivers the goods. I recommend it to anyone at all, but especially those who love the blues. If you've ever cranked up a record by BB King, or tried to emulate the great Buddy Guy on drums, you'll find much to love in "Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds".
The blues is truth: your soul turned to sound. The author clearly groks this blues philosophy, and as a consequence, 'Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds' is a touching and soulful story. Also, it's obvious that he has lived a similar story, and his repertoire of anecdotes and cute depictions of life in a band is worth a read, even if it weren't attached to a story. The story itself is also good; Charlie is a sympathetic character, and his anticipation reaches a feverish pitch as the plot winds up.
But this is a slow burner, no pandering to the truism that a novel should hit hard from the outset. Bisson's setting is a damp, gritty Jersey that the tourists don't get to see. His characters are ordinary, unremarkable locals. Each has hopes and dreams both as individuals and as members of the band. Charlie, the band leader, who hopes that rubbing shoulders with Coyote Jack will catapult The Bluebirds beyond the local scene. Laid-back drummer Oz. Talented lead guitarist Rupert who harbours personal ambitions which threaten to destroy the band. The troubled Anne Marie who completes the rhythm section.
The story gathers pace as the St Helier pub venue puts up the `sold out' signs on the promise of the legendary guest star. But Coyote Jack is a puzzle and doubts grow as showtime nears.
The book really hits its straps with the way the gig unfolds. The author's musical knowledge comes to the fore and the description of the music is such that you can almost hear it. Stuff goes on behind the scenes but amazingly The Bluebirds, minus their main talent, produce the show of a lifetime. This is a lovely piece of writing.
And there are twists still to come. Coyote Jack is unmasked but retains the reader's sympathy. The Bluebirds are intact - just - and I imagine we'll be hearing more from them in the future.
Charlie thinks he's hit the jackpot when his attempt to contact famed Texas Blues star `Coyote Jack' on his MySpace page is successful, and the artist agrees to come to their hometown and play a gig with the Bluebirds. However, there's more to Coyote than meets the eye and, coupled with a series of dramas unfolding within the band themselves, all hell is set to break loose.
Charlie soon finds his plans for the Bluebirds in tatters as, one by one, his band-mates appear to turn their backs on him. Can Charlie save the event, so kindly supported by bar owners Leonard and Myrtle, the lovely couple who have entrusted him with their reputations, their venue and their night? What will become of the Bluebirds?
Determinedly, Charlie decides that, Bluebirds or not, the show must go on, with the story following a number of twists and turns in the gradual lead-up to what is a great conclusion.
The novel is split into three parts; Part One, which sets the scene, and where we are familiarized with each of the characters in the book, Part Two, which details the arrival of Coyote and the dramas that unfold in the lead-up to the big event, and Part Three, where the highly anticipated show takes place (with quite unexpected results!). It is easy to follow, enjoyable, and absorbing, and well-worth the small kindle price. Get reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much can happen in one day, a whole book! This is an engaging read from start to finish. A day in the life of a Bluebird blues band member, so much can happen. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D M Andrews
Great fun, great exploration of the blues. Coyote Jack is a likeable comic character and by the end of the book I was rooting for him and the band.Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by tim mapstone
This is a warm and engaging read, which is also highly amusing! That's not to say the book is not without it's drama, as the whole piece builds to a wonderful crashing crescendo of... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by Lib
A witty and pacey read. The characters are well rounded, the plot original, and a passion for music weaves its way through the book. Well worth reading!Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by JD
A great read, even for someone who has little true blue knowledge. This is because it is so well written; the story comes alive through the individual characters who between them... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by JAlexander
Read & enjoyed this tale of dodgy doing in a local music scene. Well written & at times I just had to read the next chapter through my own intrigue. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Clive R Pearce
A highly enjoyable read, with great characterisation, and a good balance of humour and pathos. You'll be rooting for them by the end!Published on 19 July 2013 by Japes
A must read for anyone with a even a passing interest in music and life within a band. Sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious. Read morePublished on 2 July 2013 by Jimston