Frederick Calvert: The Balladeer


The Book

In 1982, after time served in California's Folsom Prison for a barroom killing, Bobby Wayner travels back to his boyhood home in Kentucky. As he hitchhikes and rides the rails with his guitar, his ballads and memories reveal why he'd run away when he was twelve, and why he'd always been afraid to return.

"Powerful writing, begging to be visual as a movie, this is an extraordinary first novel by a man who fully understands the interplay of history in the present, knows the permutations of war, and understands that flavor of life in Kentucky in the mid-20th century. Highly recommended."
---- Grady Harp