Cyril E Vetter
" Dirtdobber Blues "
Louisiana State University Press

Charles "Butch" Hornsby a Southern Louisiana musician lived wildly. Interestingly author Cyril E. Vetter chooses to tell the Hornsby story fictionally, even though Vetter was a close personal friend. It's a coarse yet riveting tale, that also includes portrayals of Hornsby's vices (the usual suspects: alcohol, sex, drugs, and rock and roll) as well as his singer songwriting musical abilities.

Even with his missteps and misfortunes Hornsby manages to cultivate his love of music. All in all, Dirtdobber Blues feels like an appropriate tribute to the mostly regionally known Hornsby. Vetter effectively captures Hornsby’s driven dreams and the tough realities that occur on the road of triumphs and failures. This intriguing novel is a quick and fun read that includes pictures of Hornsby, photography by Philip Gould, and a CD disc of Hornsby’s songs.

Through Hornsby's songs, text, and images, Vetter moves Hornsby from the wilds of Southern Louisiana, to the saloons of Baton Rouge, and ultimately into the ruthless business of the record industry. Note: Hornsby passed away in 2004 due to complications of Leukemia, thus like many great artists that were underappreciated during their times on this planet, a lot any success he had came after his departure. Hopefully through Vetter’s documenting, Hornsby will gain renewed interest for his musical accomplishments.

Last but not least, I have had the good fortune to have had some quality time with Mr. Vetter as we have crossed paths on various projects (Deacon John’s Jump Blues, and Luther Kent's tribute to Bobby Blue Bland CD’s), and I would be remiss to not mention that he’s a true believer of the blues and a solid keeper of the flame. All the more reasons for you to get a copy of this wonderful and well written novel. Bob Putignano Bob Putignano a senior contributing editor at BluesWax. He is also the heart of Sounds of Blues at Bob maybe contacted at:

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