When Mississippi author Larry Brown died in 2005, the literary world mourned the surprise passing of the author of THE BOOK OF JOE, BIG BAD LOVE and several other award-winning novels. This year, the tributes keep on coming, the Clarion Ledger reports, as Chicago record label Bloodshot Records has announced it will release a musical tribute to Brown on May 22 to coincide with the Algonquin Books‘ release of his final novel, A MIRACLE OF CATFISH. Titled JUST ONE MORE: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO LARRY BROWN, the CD will feature 19 tracks from a host of roots and blues-oriented musicians from Mississippi and beyond, including Cary Hudson, Caroline Herring, T-Model Ford, Tate Moore, and Tim Lee North.
“The simple concept of this disc was to put together a mix tape of sorts, the type of thing that Larry would have enjoyed listening to as he drove his little truck into the gloam’ with a cooler full of beer and an ass pocket of something that burns a little bit on the way down,” explained producer Tim Lee on Bloodshot Records‘ website. “I knew him and I admired his work, and you didn’t have to know Larry well to have a keen awareness of his love of music.” Mary Annie Brown, Larry’s wife concurred, saying, “Larry absolutely loved music. I think he wished sometimes that he had the talent to do music for a living. He always played his guitar every night. If he had to skip playing, he would always say he felt like the day was wasted.”