About the book
Armed only with a Greyhound ticket and enough money for his next beer, Garth Cartwright set out to see whether the American roots music he loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century. His journey took him from the LA bus station to the Mexican cantinas of San Antonio, the Indian reservations of New Mexico to the last surviving juke joints of Highway 61. Along the way he meets an exotic mix of surviving
legends - from soul diva Mabel John to the queen of Mexican American song Lydia Mendoza, funk pioneer Charles Wright to country troubadour Billy Joe Shaver - plus a supporting cast of cowboy poets, down and out bluesmen and a feller called Lee who becomes Cartwright's co-pilot for an epic drive across the deserts of the South-West. A remarkable piece of travel writing and an introduction to the real stars of Americana.
Wild American road tales from a writer who lives to ride
Garth Cartwright takes you on a quixotic trek down the dirt roads of American music. This book is part thriller, part adventure story, part mystery tale - in sum, a secret history of roots music as heard only in near-forgotten juke joints, honky tonks, roadhouses, East L.A. barrios, and yes, even churches. Reading his passionate prose, you can almost smell the catfish frying, taste the white whiskey, and feel that bassline pounding away
Praise for Princes Amongst Men (9781842424831):
Excellent... what distinguishes Cartwright is his style, his verve and his whole-hearted engagement with his subject
Brilliant... will capture the imagination of any would-be traveller... An irresistible combination of travelogue and search for human roots
Cartwright has a writer's eye for detail and a musician's dedication to late-night adventures... he is good at documenting the road-trip element of his story... gets into the heart of an often obscured side of America... [and] writes with spirit.