I am the author of "The ABC's of Jug Band Music." It is a singable alphabet book that introduces jug band music in a playful, colorful way. It includes historical references and it shows that jug band music is a beautiful style with a rich tradition, but the concept is simple. Anyone can do it! The ABC's of Jug Band Music puts this well-loved genre in the spotlight, it gives it new life. It shows that jug band music can be any kind of music, played by anyone and enjoyed by all.
I self-published my first book in 2019 and that's when I became a children's author. I have been learning the book industry as I go, without a literary agent or help from a traditional publishing company. Nevertheless, I successfully got my book into over 20 Barnes & Noble bookstores all across the United States. I quickly started booking in-store appearances, storytimes, school assemblies, library concerts etc but that was all put on pause due to the pandemic. The challenge of covid-19 has caused me to think even more outside the box. I've been focusing on using skills I have acquired as a musician to promote my book, like busking and various street performances. I shifted from being a "musician" to a "writer who uses music to promote books." This newfound career allows me to do a lot more music with a lot more people, to support other musicians rather than compete with them. I am trying to get the attention of libraries, bookstores etc so they will get excited about jug band music. My book is for adults too, because a lot of people simple don't know much about jug band music. I think it's just as great as jazz, blues, classical, rock, any other "style" and so my purpose in writing books is to uplift the genre to a more respected place. I believe that if more people really understood what jug band music was, then more people would appreciate it, Rather than compare and classify it, they would join in the fun!
The ABC's of Jug Band Music can be ordered through any bookstore. It is available in all of these formats:
Coloring Book: $14.99
Softcover Color: $20.99
Hardcover Color: $29.99
Spanish Hardcover: $29.99
Spanish Softcover: $16.99
Books can be ordered through my website, the Barnes & Noble site, Amazon, etc.!