Saint James Infirmary

| December 1, 2017

Saint James Infirmary Book Cover

As the crow flies and the Ford woodie ambles, it is a thousand miles and more on the road. One passenger is living and the other is dead and they are both talking. In July, 1978, Jim Logan, a second string 60’s folksinger is in New Orleans for the birthday of Tom Parrish. Tom’s sudden death recalls to Jim a promise to take his friend home to Virginia someday. They’re in a 1951 Ford Country Squire and pursued by a Chrysler Imperial that wants that diamond ring back. Their route is never the shortest but follows the growth of American popular music from Delta blues and gospel to border state country and rockabilly. Some of it is true and some not. And as they are driving less than a year after the death of Elvis, his shadow falls across the road from time to time. They get there.

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