The Essential Carl Mahogany is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. Carl is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, who is living in Colorado, and is about to go on a tour to promote his latest album.
His living arrangements, travel arrangements, and lifestyle, are very strange and just get stranger. Carl is one of those people who can get themselves into trouble without trying, and seem to have no idea it is coming at them.
Some of the situations he ends up in seem a bit far-fetched, but not any more so than some stuff that makes the newspapers. At least in the South. Dunno about your neck of the woods.
It is a really good read. It is well written, engaging, and downright funny sometimes.
About the book:
What can an award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter learn about himself by agreeing to a best-of tour in a beat up old van? If it means getting out from under the thumb of a label that considers him washed up, he’s willing to find out. At least until an ex-lover wants to come along for the ride.
Carl Mahogany’s not your average protagonist. In the practiced drawl of the aging country singer, and echoing Edward Abbey’s Henry Lightcap, Boddicker takes us across the country in an Americana-steeped journey through Mahogany’s roots. Encounters with old friends and lovers, including the Eisenhower Interstate System, a firecracker tenured professor, former bandmates, and a down-to-earth small town mechanic, shake the dust out of Mahogany’s creases to revision his life.
If a lifetime of travel, songwriting and performing equates to learning to work with the monsters inside us, The Essential Carl Mahogany is that journey. Grab a six pack, settle into the cushions, and come along for the ride.
You can buy a copy on carlmahogany.com.