Coming in 2018

Waiting to DerailREVISEDCOVERI’ve spent the last year working with Thomas O’Keefe on Waiting to Derail, a book about Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, the band that made Ryan famous. Thomas is currently the tour manager for Weezer, but from 1997 to 2000 he was Whiskeytown’s tour manager. While Ryan Adams was busy becoming RYAN ADAMS, Thomas was at his side, on the tour buses and in the hotels. When Ryan fired the band on stage at The Hurricane in Kansas City, Thomas had to break the news to the band’s management team. When Ryan caused a near riot at Mac’s Bar in East Lansing, Thomas had to fishtail the van out of the parking lot before somebody got hurt.

Only three people on the planet witnessed every Whiskeytown show from the release of Strangers Almanac to the eventual breakup of the band: Ryan, Caitlin Cary, and Thomas. And of the three of them, Thomas is the only one who was sober enough to remember it all. He’s got a stellar memory. And he’s one of the best storytellers I know. My job was easy. Stay out of Thomas’s way, and let him tell his fascinating, hilarious stories. The result, as the book jacket says, is “a firsthand glimpse into Ryan Adams at the most meaningful and mythical stage of his career.”

Waiting to Derail will be published in June of 2018, but you can pre-order it now.


Back in the O.H.I.O.

OhioPostcard_pass1This summer Watershed will once again be canvassing the Buckeye State.

On Thursday, June 22, we shake off the dust at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.

On Friday, June 23, we unleash hell at Frankie’s in Toledo.

On Saturday, June 24, we return home to the Community Festival in Columbus, conveniently located in the picturesque confines of Goodale Park. Showtime 6:30 pm.

For you reader-types: Pick up my new essay collection, PARTISANS, at one of the shows. Also available at Black Lawrence Press and on Amazon.

You have been warned (or at least gently prodded).

Spring News Roundup

oesteich-cover_revThe clock has done sprung forward, and baseball’s opening day has done opened. Time for a news briefing:

My new book, Partisans, will be published in late May. I’ll have more news as we get closer to the Pub Date, but in the meantime, you can pre-order it directly from Black Lawrence Press HERE.

Scott Pleasant and I recently wrote a retrospective on Coastal Carolina’s College World Series championship for Grand Strand Magazine. Check it out HERE.

I just interviewed killer music writer Joe Bonomo for the literary journal The Normal School. His fantastic new essay collection, Field Recordings from the Inside, is a must-read for anybody whose memories are connected to the music they listened to (which is to say, pretty much everybody). For a link to the conversation, click HERE.

I recently signed a book contract for a new project I’m working on with a co-writer. More news later. Here’s what I can say now: The book is about a rock and roll musician not named Joe Oestreich.

Partisans: Now Available for Pre-Order

oesteich-cover_revIt’s never too early to start thinking about Memorial Day gifts.

Although my forthcoming essay collection PARTISANS won’t be published until May, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering it now directly from Black Lawrence Press. If you’re thinking about buying it anyway,  you might as well buy it early and direct from the publisher. Here’s why:

1. The pre-order price is $14.95. Three dollars off the $17.95 retail price.

2. Cool indie publishers like Black Lawrence are doing God’s work by publishing books from writers that aren’t, you know, already famous. When you buy direct from the press (as opposed to Amazon, etc.), they get a larger cut which they can funnel into the next project.

3. For every book ordered through their website between now and 12/31/16, Black Lawrence will donate $1.00 to the ACLU. 

Thanks, friends, for considering this. Happy early Memorial Day!

Fall Update: My Life as a Venn Diagram

vennWhere Set A = Writing and Set B = Rocking.

There’s lots happening this fall here at the intersection of the two.

On the writing front, I’m gearing up for the publication of Partisans, an essay collection that Black Lawrence Press will release in May. I’ll have cover artwork to share soon, but for now, here’s an exceedingly kind blurb from the great Meghan Daum: “I read Partisans in fits of recognition and admiration. It’s a formidable collection by a genuine talent.”

On the rocking front, click HERE to listen to the new songs Watershed released last summer. Click HERE for more information about the Dead Schembechlers’ 2016 Hate Michigan Rally and the release of the band’s new coloring book, “Scarlet Submarine.”

Coming Soon (writing): News about my next book project. Also news about bringing the currently out-of-print Hitless Wonder back into publication.

Coming Soon (rocking): News about a Watershed Xmas show in Columbus and a new Watershed album.

As they say in the news biz, watch this space.