a woman, her man,
their son, their band...
on the air in Texason the road with Elmore L...
Today at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, my friend Marian has asked us to write a poem based on the music of Barbara Keith and her band Stone Coyotes.
As this band is most popular with people in Texas, and because I haven't really visited Texas since 1979, I am not familiar with their music.
I am, however, most impressed with the story of this three-piece family group because the band, but especially Barbara, were the inspiration for a book by the late novelist Elmore Leonard (1925-2013). The book, Be Cool, was made into a motion picture in 2005, when the author was 80 years old.
The Stone Coyotes were playing at the legendary Troubador in Hollywood when Leonard came in. He was thinking about his next book, and when he heard Barbara and the Stone Coyotes, he said, "This is it."
In 2011, a documentary about the club called Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter was released.
of Bob Dylan,
Jimi Hendrix, too,
then the next big step
when she sang there, too.
from a Greenwich Village dive
at the Troubador, in LA,
caught the eye one day
of a writer on his way
to his next mystery.
all four went to see
and to be seen:
New York to
LA againKay Davies, October 25, 2013