"Started in 2010 and soon to
be edited and released, J.B. Beverley recounts both his formative years,
and the first ten years on the road with his band The Wayward Drifters
in this gripping autobiography.
The book is a chronicle of
Beverley's earliest influences in music and in life. J.B. takes you on a
journey, sharing not only road stories, but the inspirations behind
many of his songs. He also covers his time in the Murder Junkies, the
beginning of the Little White Pills, time on the road with friends like
Wayne Hancock, Hank III, and more!
If you've ever wondered
what life on the road was like in the true underground, look no further
than the wit, charm, and dark humor offered by Mr. Beverley! " - Todd Boughs
"The truth is that I never thought about writing a book. I write songs.
Music has always been my way. Whenever I have had something important to
say, I said it with a guitar in my hands. Besides, does anyone care
about the stories of an underground musician that no one outside a
certain “cult” base has ever heard of? I have no way of knowing
that. All that I do know is that I have experienced a good bit in my
lifetime, and I am willing to share elements of it all with you. Whether
anyone reads it or not is out of my hands, and frankly speaking, I
It was in 1999 that I started the Wayward
Drifters. At the time of this writ it is 2010. It’s hard to believe that
a over decade has passed. It’s harder to believe that I haven’t lost my
mind and my faith in the process. For every heart that has been touched
by my songs, there has been a lot of hardship. The rigors of the road
are tough, and the isolation and moments of self doubt can make you feel
like you are going toe to toe with Mike Tyson in 1986. It is out of
respect for that process and the lessons contained within that I have
decided to recount specific stories from memory, rather than to just
copy and paste old journal entries into a book. That is easy and has
been done by countless musicians trying to share life on the road from a
direct perspective. I have nothing against that approach, but I see a
challenge in retelling stories from the perspective that I have today.
Looking though the eyes of a grown man honors the journey a lot more
than just pasting the tales of a confused twenty-something into a blank
I wrote this book to share some of the
experiences and lessons that I have retained over the years. My hope is
that whether you are familiar with my music or not, that you walk away
from this with something of value. After all, The Human Experience isn’t
exactly over-rated in this day and age. It is my hope to share some of
my encounters and let you see where they are applicable to your life.
If you find anything of value in this, then I have done what I set out
When it is said and done, I am nothing
special. I write songs, and I play those songs to earn a living. As
important as making a living is, I find that I do this because I have
to. Money has always come second. It is far more important to write the
songs because I have to get something out of me than it is to rake in
cash. When you are done with this book, you may understand what I am
saying. Then again, you may not. Either way, I wish you a happy read."
"Chase Down These Blues" will be edited and released in 2012. Release info and pre-order info coming soon!