My first book, entitled Soul of the Man: Bobby "Blue" Bland, is the first book-length biography of the blues legend. It was published in 2010 by the University Press of Mississippi.
My second book is entitled Secrets of San Blas, a historical mystery based on an actual murder that occurred at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, near Port St. Joe, Florida, in 1938. It was published a few days ago by Pineapple Press. Two of the main characters in this book are Gabriel White and Reggie Robinson, two itinerent bluesmen who are based on a pair of actual blues singers, Gabriel Brown and Rochelle French, who lived and worked in Florida in the 1930s and 1940s. Zora Neale Hurston, who was from nearby Eatonville, and Alan Lomax interviewed and recorded them for the Library of Congress in 1935. Here she is with the two performers in a photograph now in the archives of the Library of Congress. The recordings are still available from Interstate Music Ltd. and remain surprisingly fresh. If you want to find out more about these characters and who butchered the assistant lighthouse keeper, read Secrets of San Blas.