Tony Tost breaks it down
On Saturday, July 10, at the third installment of my Wax Wroth Reading Series, we bid farewell to our dear friend and favorite poet Tony Tost, as he and his family prepare to leave North Carolina for the Pacific Northwest. I’ve known Tony for something like 8 years now, and as I said in my introduction, he has been not only a huge influence for me, but an indispensable supporter, and he’ll take my gratitude with him wherever he goes.
Tony is working on a book about Johnny Cash‘s American Recordings for Continuum Press’ 33 1/3 series, and those who attended the reading at 715 Washington on this sweltering July night were treated to a long sneak preview of what I think will be the best entry in the series yet. The good news is that I recorded the whole thing. The bad news is that the oscillating fan periodically blows on the recording device and causes obvious problems. So please forgive the patches of poor quality, and enjoy a taste of Tony’s breathtaking insights on Cash’s mythic stature:
But wait! There’s more.
Tony Tost and the So-Long-Tony-Tost Improv Band
After the reading, a few brave stragglers stayed on to send Tony off in style with a free-improv jam session. A few mp3s document the sweaty, melancholic clangor below. The players are Tony, Brian, Ashley, Chris, Julie, Alex, and the oscillating fan that kept blowing on the damned recorder because I was careless about that. I’ve taken the liberty of titling the whole thing “TUNING IS FOR SUCKERS TONIGHT”:
Stay tuned for info on the next Wax Wroth reading, which will feature Tanya Olson and Julie Greenberg!