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Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds Kindle Edition

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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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This is a warm, witty, engaging read which has kept me company a bit like a group of old friends over the past week, and I'm already missing them! The authors brings to life a diverse range of voices in a narrative which keeps you hooked until the final pages. On the surface, it's about music and performance, but it's also an intelligent and profound reflection on love and resilience and betrayal and and flights of fancy and identity and acceptance. The author's music ear clearly extends to dialogue, which is beautifully rendered, and the female characters were, in my opinion, particularly powerful.

More, please!
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"It was a full house--it was always going to be--they've done it!" So begins this paean to the art of live blues music, as Coyote Jack and his new band, the Bluebirds whip the crowd into a frenzy. Or at least, in Charlie and his Bluebirds' dreams...

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".
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I absolutely loved this novel. The style is fast paced and funny; a young blues band are duped into hosting a 'celebrity' blues guitarist who turns out to be anything but, with major consequences for all of them. The individual band members' stories weave together in the first part of the book and then all come together when Coyote Jack finally arrives. The last third of the book features the big gig, with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end. There's a lot of funny dialogue and this reminded me of the Commitments a little, with all the bickering and backstabbing going on between the band members. Not really all that up on my blues music so didn't get all the references but so what, this was great fun and definitely worth a read.
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Texan blues man Coyote Jack is super cool. He's a music legend; but can lesser light Charlie entice him to join his band for a gig at The Kicking Mule, on the little island of Jersey?

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.
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When a Texas bluesman is persuaded to perform with a local blues outfit a memorable occasion is on the cards. And so it transpires in Paul Bisson's novel . Echoes of the great Roddy Doyle's The Commitments, the author's personal experience as a performing musician, both combine to produce an excellent portrayal of a day in the life of a band.

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.
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This is the story of the `Bluebirds', a small-town blues band with big ambitions. Meet the members of the band: singer Charley, heartbroken but motivated to propel the band to success, guitarist and old friend Rupert, devious and focused on conflicting plans of his own, bass player Anne-Marie, committed but yet struggling to keep up with the tempo, thanks to the demands of a toddler and a husband whose getting his kicks elsewhere, and drummer Oliver, questioning his whole `Rock God' image.

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!
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