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Nothin' Left to Lose
     

Nothin' Left to Lose

by Carl T. Smith
 

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This colorful debut picks and twangs its way though the world of late 60's country music, jumping from studio to bar to mob hangout as its songwrite hero learns that "the music business is no place for sissies or bleeding hearts." JOhn Ryan Stone has been an army officer and an English teacher. At 32, he's divorced, depressed, working as a janitor in Nashville in 1966

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This colorful debut picks and twangs its way though the world of late 60's country music, jumping from studio to bar to mob hangout as its songwrite hero learns that "the music business is no place for sissies or bleeding hearts." JOhn Ryan Stone has been an army officer and an English teacher. At 32, he's divorced, depressed, working as a janitor in Nashville in 1966 when he meets acquaintance, Don Hendrickson, in a parking lot. Don's the Nashville V.P. of entertainment conglomerate Trayhorn International; his young ally,Jamie Greshem is the son of Trayhorn's president. When Don and Jamie watch John Ryan play his own songs, they know they've heard country music history being made. Jamie brings JOhn Ryan to New York where he signs with Trayhorn and meets a brace of Trayhorn personnel, whose intrigues drive the rest of the plot. Sinister, powerful promoter Phillip Barnessa plans to use John Ryan's career to help the Tedesco crime family take over Trayhorn. Beautiful Trayhorn exec Kate Belden becomes the singer's new manager and soon they fall in love. After a tour and some dangerous double-crosses, Bernie, Jamie's father, Jamie, Don and Kate work out a plan to save JOhn Ryan and his heart-wrenching (and valuable) songs from the mob. Fans of country and of early rock and roll and soul will enjoy musical references, explanations and in-jokes about such giants as Roy Orbison, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Phillips, Roger MIller and others. The story exemplifies how the music of Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newberry and the like changed the face of country music and made it more palitable to a Non-country crowd.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014664400
Publisher:
River Oaks Publishing
Publication date:
06/29/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
642,012
File size:
781 KB

Meet the Author

Carl T. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved south at age two and considers himself a born southerner. Carl attended The Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William& Mary where he earned a BFA degree in Theatre and English. During this time one of his best college friends was Tom Robbins, author of Even the Cowgirls Get the Blues and a number of other novels. This meeting stimulated his interest in writing. After spending years in professional music, theatre and education at the high school and college level and creating an entertainment management firm in Philadelphia, Robbins convinced him he should get back to writing, which he had started in college. In 1995 he moved to South Carolina where he wrote his first novel, Nothin’ Left to Lose, which received excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and ForeWord magazine and was listed as one of the Top 10 Books by South Carolina Authors for that year. Living on Fripp Island, where he received advice and encouragement from author Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music, Carl wrote the first Sam Larkin novel, Lowcountry Boil, which won an IPPY award for suspense, was nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller’s “Book of the Year” and The Southern Critic’s Circle Award for “Book of the Year”. Lowcountry Boil has been optioned for film four times. Smith followed that success with the second Sam Larkin novel, Louisiana Burn, which also won IPPY and SIBA awards. After leaving Fripp Island, Carl settled in Greenville, SC where he completed his third Larkin novel, Carolina Fire, which his publisher released as an eBook prior to its print release. He has also completed an additional novel, A Season For Killing and is working on another. All of Carl’s books are now available as eBooks. Lowcountry Boil, Louisiana Burn and Nothin’ Left To Lose are also available in print editions.

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