Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds
by Paul Bisson
FREE thru - July 4
Recently serialised at Buddy Guy's Blues and Music News.com... 'a touching and soulful story' Jed Tales, Amazon reviewer 'sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious' Jimston, Amazon reviewer
They woke up this morning... Famous Texas bluesman Coyote Jack has agreed to join The Bluebirds for a one night gig at their UK home venue. Freshly dumped by his fiancee, singer Charlie French hopes that this is the start of bigger and better things for him and his friends. Alas, the band's blues have only just begun. A series of misfortunes threatens to clip the Bluebirds' wings, and as their eccentric guest staggers from one embarrassing calamity to the next Coyote Jack's credibility is called into question.
Have mercy! - it's not the Texan's fault. The airline lost his damn guitar, the Stetson wouldn't fit in his luggage, these middle class white kids don't know diddly about the blues...it's no wonder old Coyote's flustered. Right?
There’s another problem. Charlie’s band – and therefore Charlie’s world - is about to fall apart. Guitarist and old friend Rupert Rathwell-Stubbs is secretly plotting his escape from the Bluebirds, his place among top London act The Molten Few assured if he can pull off one final betrayal of his friends. The demands of motherhood have been proving too much for bass player Anne Marie Pinto, and now the discovery of her husband’s infidelity is about to knock her flat. Unaware of his role in Rupert’s devious designs drummer Oz Watkins awakes smitten with his latest conquest, achingly aware that she’s fallen for the Rock God he no longer wants to be.
The blues, the real blues, are about to hit the Bluebirds. Hard. Spanning a single Saturday afternoon and culminating in a riotous musical climax the novel traces the disintegration of the band and the gradual unmasking - and redemption - of the clownish Coyote Jack. Forced to face their respective truths the Bluebirds find themselves struggling to make sense of their lives, their loyalties and the blues itself as the clock ticks down and a full house gathers… ...